Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce held its inaugural Chamber Leadership Initiative: Mentoring for Business young leaders event with a trip to the 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. Some 31 participants representing 28 Rochester-area companies are part of the group’s first cohort.
Rochester’s young professionals toured the farm, participated in a “gentle yoga” session, as well as heard a presentation on Wegmans’ corporate mission and leadership.
“It was certainly an eye-opening experience,” said Canandaigua National Bank new media coordinator Ashley DiDia. “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 also will weigh in on crucial issues facing the Finger Lakes region.
September’s event will focus on the Finger Lakes Forward industries of optics, photonics and imaging, as well as Finger Lakes wine with visits to GS Plastic Optics and Three Brothers Winery.
At the conclusion of CLIMB’s first cohort next May, participants will be invited to serve a one-year term on the chamber’s Future Leaders Advisory Council.
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