Lead NY is for committed leaders in the agriculture and food industries who wish to step up and make a difference in their community.
Our pioneering training program helps you improve your leadership skills, self-awareness, issues analysis, critical thinking and civic engagement. The skills and knowledge you learn here will help launch your career to new heights and make an impact in the communities in which we live and work.
Lead NY is a one- or two-year program experience guided by Cornell expertise involving:
- Expert seminars
- Collaborative workshops
- Professional networking
- Inspiring field travel
We provide professionals with skills to overcome challenges and to lead others to highly innovative and successful solutions.
Bringing changemakers together
For over 20 years, professionals have participated in Lead New York to maximize their potential in their careers and community-based impact
Lead NY by the numbers
Serving as leaders and innovators in agriculture, finance, retail, marketing, business, education and more.
Program launched at Cornell
We've trained a generation of ag leaders, who have gone on to lead prominent, impactful programs.
One- and two-year program options to fit your lifestyle and career.
Our 1+1 format provides one- and two-year program options
The “Leadership Fundamentals” segment in the first year focuses on skill-building, self-awareness and discussion related to New York state community and food systems. Our “Lead Fellows” program in the second year includes an international study tour to develop your worldview and critical thinking.
Participants meet monthly from October through April in each year of the program. In the first year, meetings are held at different locations throughout New York State, and the 25 days of training focus largely on self-awareness and leadership skill development.
After successful completion of “Leadership Fundamentals,” participants are invited to apply for the second year of the program, called “Lead Fellows.”Seminars still take place from October–April, but most of the 30-day time commitment takes place outside of New York, with trips to Canada, Washington DC, and an international study tour.
“Lead Fellows” focuses on:
- Global issues
- Developing critical thinking and analysis skills
- Refining each person’s leadership style and philosophy
Lead NY in the News
Program will offer webinar series, continue other activities in response to pandemic In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, LEAD New York has decided to pause the start of seminars for the 2020–2021 year. Executive director Larry Van De Valk...
Local Agriculture & Land Use Leadership Institute was awarded for its impact, response to community need and collaboration.