Emerging Business Leaders

The Emerging Business Leaders consist of young professionals, under the 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 Matchmaker Program
  • To connect with EBL and BRC board members in a mentorship program.
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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. at Chamber investor Dopkins & Company, LLP, 200 International Drive, Williamsville.

Course Topics:

  • Time Management
  • DiSC Assessment
  • Interview and Performance Reviews
  • Personal Financial Planning and Management
  • Networking Skills
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • AQ: The Science of Resilience


The Chamber also recognizes that bonding with classmates is sometimes better suited outside the classroom, so there are several social events sprinkled throughout the program.

The next EBL Leadership Program begins in January 2020. Applications are accepted year-round.

Fee: The program cost is $550 per participant.
*A $100 deposit is due with application.  
The remaining $450 is due by Friday, December 20, 2019
          *Companies with 3 or more registrants will receive a $50 discount per application.

Apply for the EBL Leadership Program

Emerging Business Leaders Board Of Directors

Annika Samuels
National Fuel Gas Company

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

Matthew Freeman
Home2/Tru Hilton

Vanessa Gabriele
Bouvier Partnership, LLP

Alex Gaulin
Mass Mutual

Ryan Gorman
Bank on Buffalo

Kimberly Herrington, MHA
The Horizon Corporations

Darren Kempner

Ernie Kihl

Carolyn Leed 
Law Offices of Carolyn E. Leed

Jim Lougen
M&T Bank

James Luthart
NOCO Energy Corporation

Andrea Moran
Komen Upstate New York

Andrew Russo
ComDoc Inc.

Lynsey Zimdahl Weaver
Kevin Guest House