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Chamber launches young leaders program

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has launched the Chamber Leadership Initiative: Mentoring for Business young leaders program.

CLIMB is designed to connect young professionals with business leaders across different sectors of the Finger Lakes economy to facilitate perspective, collaboration and growth. The 10-month experiential mentorship program will include partnerships with Wegmans Foods Markets Inc., Constellation Brands Inc., Genesee Brewing Co. and LiDestri Food and Drink, officials said.

“CLIMB is more than just an acronym for this program. It’s a description of how it can elevate young professionals to the next level of their careers,” Rochester Chamber President and CEO Robert Duffy said in a statement.

The initiative is slated to begin in August and will give participants an inside look at local success stories directly from top business leaders and their teams through nine events. Community and political leaders also will weigh in on crucial issues facing the region.

At the conclusion program’s first class in May 2018, participants will be invited to serve a one-year term on the Rochester Chamber Future Leaders Advisory Council. The program cost $1,600 for participants.

“The energy, creativity and passion of our area’s young professionals is matched only by the knowledge, experience and success represented in our business community,” said Shannon Ealy, manager of the Rochester Chamber’s Office of Future Leadership manager.

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