Rochester Chamber Debuts CLIMB Young Leader Program

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce launched the Chamber Leadership Initiative: Mentoring for Business young leaders program, also known as CLIMB.  The ten-month experiential mentorship program is designed to connect young professionals with business leaders across multiple sectors of the Finger Lakes economy to facilitate perspective, collaboration, and growth.  Top businesses that have committed to participating in the program include Wegmans Food Markets, Constellation Brands, Genesee Brewing Company, LiDestri Food and Drink, and more. 

Rochester Chamber President and CEO Bob Duffy 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.  Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce encourages its member organizations to send their emerging leaders to CLIMB for a professional development experience like no other in the region.” 

CLIMB, which begins in August 2017, 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 conclusion of the 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. 

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Office of Future Leadership Manager Shannon Ealy said, “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.  Rochester Chamber’s CLIMB program will connect future leaders to the network and skills they need to take their careers and the Rochester and Finger Lakes region into a bright future.” 

The cost of CLIMB is $1,600 per participant and includes materials and attendance at all events.  Applicants must submit a resume, letter of intent to participate in CLIMB written by the applicant, and letter of recommendation from the employer or supervisor to by close of business July 17, 2017.  All applicants will be contacted and those selected for the program will begin by the end of August. 

Learn more about CLIMB including the full event itinerary at