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Emerging Business Leaders

The Emerging Business Leaders consist of young professionals, under the approximate age of 40, who convene to increase their network, expand their leadership skills and support local philanthropic causes.

Goals And Objectives

  • To provide forums for young professionals to interface and build their networks.
  • To access Leadership Training to assist them in growing professionally.
  • To interface with current regional leadership via the Mentorship Program

EBL Leadership Program

As you advance down your career path, it’s imperative that you build your leadership strengths and learn new ways to achieve greater impact.

The EBL Leadership Program focuses on the key personal development skills needed to help young people become strong leaders within the business community and continue to advance our region.

The program consists of classroom training and networking opportunities. Training sessions are held the second Friday of the month at 8 a.m. 

Course Topics:

  • Time Management
  • Work Place Big 5
  • Confident Public Speaking on Camera
  • Interviews Performance Reviews
  • Managing Personal Finance
  • Building Resilience to Effectively Respond to Adverse Times
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Change Management

Opportunities to meet, network and get to know your classmates outside of the classroom (online or in person) will be in interspersed throughout the program.

The next EBL Leadership Program begins January 2022.

Applications are accepted year-round.


Emerging Business Leaders Board Of Directors

Jessica Andrews
National Fuel Gas Company

A.J. Baynes
Chamber President/CEO

Shannon Callahan

Olivia Dann
Amherst Chamber

Adam Desmond
Tompkins Bank of Castile

Ashley Dietrick
Lawley Benefits Group

Laryssa Domagala

Independent Health

Andrew Drilling
Hodgson Russ LLP

Alex Gaulin
Mass Mutual

Ryan Gorman
Bank on Buffalo

Kimberly Herrington, MHA

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York

Jeff Applement

Ernie Kihl

Carolyn Leed 
Law Offices of Carolyn E. Leed

Jim Lougen
M&T Bank

James Luthart
NOCO Energy Corporation

Andrew Russo
ComDoc Inc.

Lynsey Zimdahl Weaver
Kevin Guest House

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