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 cultivate a strong professional toolbox. Young professionals, like you, need to grow into strong leaders within the business community to continue to advance our region.

Program Content Includes:

  • DiSC
  • Work Life Balance
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Millennial Management
  • Integrating Leadership Into Your Management Skills
  • Diversity Management
  • Office Culture/Synergy
  • Personal Financial Planning and Management

Who Should Take Part

Highly driven young professionals, desiring to further their professional development and strengthen their leadership skills.

2018 Instructors

Your DiSC Personality – Jessica Schimert, Business Consultant, Trainer and Coach
Diversity Management – Ekua Mends-Aidoo, Equity & Inclusion officer at Evergreen Health
Office Culture – Elizabeth Warren, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Employer Services Corporation
Leadership vs. Management – Geri Grossman, President at My Executive Coach
Personal Finance Management – Adam Brunner, Partner at Prestige Wealth Strategies
Generational Diversity Awareness – Sarah Hedges and Ralph Jeswald, Partners at Dopkins & Co. LLP
Worklife Balance – Francis Fernando, Business Trainer at Manasa Growth
Emotional Intelligence – Courtney Walsh, Assistant Dean at the University at Buffalo’s Center for Executive Development


The EBL Leadership Program will be an eight month long program consisting of eight, two-hour classes. The classes will occur the second Friday of each month January 2018 thru August 2018, from 8:00AM – 10:00AM at Dopkins & Co., LLP offices in Williamsville, NY.

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In order to be considered a graduate of the EBL Leadership Program and receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend a minimum of six out of the eight courses.  Certificates will be provided to all that complete the program after the final class in August, 2018.

All participants must be an EBL member or, their employer must be a current member of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.


The EBL Leadership Program cost is $500 for the eight month program. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.  The remaining tuition balance is due 14 days prior to the first class date. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis; once capacity is reached registrations and deposits will no longer be accepted.


If you are interested in the Leadership Program and would like more information, please contact Kaitlin at kbrunner@amherst.org.


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