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Leader Exchange


Personalized Leadership Development

Leader Exchange program is a unique, peer-to-peer program designed for developing leaders who have an interest in honing their skills and learning how to navigate business and industry in Buffalo Niagara.

Accepting applications for the Exchange Programs! Demand is high.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must have at least one direct report and possess at least 7 years of business, industry, or professional experience, and be identified as an employee with career advancement potential.
  • A commitment, on the part of management, to the candidate’s professional development

Advantages Over Other Programs

Exceptional Value

The program is offered for about one-third of the cost of other professional development programs. The combination of confidentiality, convenience, and a customized approach makes Leader Exchange the best value for Partnership members at $2,500. Non-Members: $4,000.


The program focuses on specific goals, objectives and challenges of today’s developing leaders.

Personalized & Facilitated

You work with a group of passionate and motivated individuals from diverse industries, businesses and backgrounds, selected to match your needs. An experienced facilitator customizes the program to the individual needs of your group.


The program is designed to fit your schedule, meeting once a month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the comfort of Partnership offices or a participating members’ place of business.


All Leader Exchange members receive a complimentary assessment. This will serve as a guide to individual plans.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Join Leader Exchange Today

If you’d like additional information, contact Liz Benkovich at or (716) 868-6866.

If you’re ready to apply, click below to fill out the form. Hurry… Leader Exchange groups fill quickly.

Experts in Residence & Exchange Program Facilitator

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Lindsey A. Zajac is an experienced, Human Resources professional with a demonstrated history of excelling in fast-paced organizations including PepsiCo, Eaton Corporation, Saab Sensis and Next Jump. Training and Development, Talent Management, Employee Relations, Recruiting, and Succession Planning are Lindsey’s areas of expertise. Most recently, Lindsey was employed with PepsiCo as a Senior Human Resources Manager in Buffalo, NY supporting the largest market in the country. In this role, Lindsey was responsible for providing strategic Human Resources support for 1,100 union & non-union frontline associates and managers across nine Upstate NY locations. Lindsey is a proud recipient of PepsiCo’s most prestigious “You Excel” Award as well as multiple “Way to Go” Awards for delivering exceptional results.

In 2018, Lindsey was recruited to join Ahern, Murphy & Associates, where she is able to leverage her passion for leadership development and coaching to help organizations develop and retain their employees while improving their overall performance. Lindsey believes that career women today need a heightened level of support and resources to advance into leadership positions and be successful both at work and at home. This inspired her to get a Coaching Certification in Women’s Leadership followed by an Advanced Coaching Certification.