Chamber Leadership Initiative: Mentoring for Business, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce program, recently held the first event of its 2017-18 season with a trip to Wegmans Organic Farm in Canandaigua.
CLIMB is a 10-month experiential program designed to connect young professionals with business leaders across multiple sectors of the Finger Lakes economy. Its inaugural group features 31 participants representing 28 Rochester-area companies.
“Some of the takeaways from our visit to Wegmans Organic Farm were thinking long-term, focusing on relationships with the people that you serve and when you think that you’re doing a good job, change. Innovate to go even further to serve people,” said Shaquana Divers, executive program manager of health care and network management at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “I think many businesses and individuals can apply these strategies to achieve success.”
Activities at the daylong session included a presentation on Wegmans’ corporate mission and leadership from Anne Meath, vice president of organizational management; a gentle yoga session with Stency Wegman; a farm tour and panel discussion featuring farm leaders; and an introduction to evolutionary leadership from Rochester Chamber member The XLR8 Team.
“It was certainly an eye-opening experience,” said Ashley DiDia, new media coordinator for Canandaigua National Bank. “I think an underlying theme that we are going to see in the CLIMB program is a sense of community and the building of long-term relationships. That’s really how our whole community is going to continue to grow. It’s a strategic advantage that we have right here as young professionals to help grow and sustain this community.”
CLIMB gives participants an inside look at local success stories directly from top executives and their teams through nine signature events. Community and political leaders will also weigh in on crucial issues facing the Finger Lakes region.
At the end of CLIMB’s first season in May 2018, participants employed by Rochester Chamber member companies will be invited to serve a one-year term on the chamber’s Future Leaders Advisory Council.
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