LeadNY is for committed leaders in the agriculture and food sectors 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. We provide professionals with skills to overcome challenges and to lead others to highly innovative and successful solutions.
LeadNY is a one- or two-year program experience guided by Cornell expertise involving:
- Expert seminars
- Collaborative workshops
- Professional networking
- Inspiring field travel
275B Warren Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
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
Recent Program Highlights
LeadNY participants travel across New York State for monthly seminars that provide leadership development from teambuilding and listening to finance and governance.
Lead NY in the News
Lead New York Announces Twentieth Class
Lead New York (LeadNY) is pleased to announce the members of its 20th class. “We are very excited to share the roster of our newest cohort,” said Larry Van De Valk , Executive Director of the program. “Members come from every corner of our state...
Participants Complete “Lead Fellows” Portion of Program LeadNY is pleased to announce that 35 members of its 18th and 19th classes have successfully completed the “Lead Fellows” portion of the training program. Class members were recognized at a...
Todd Lighthall, LeadNY Class 12, is the ninth recipient of the program’s Outstanding Alumni Award (OAA). This award was established to recognize the outstanding leadership our graduates provide to the Lead New York Program, their local...
Lead NY is for committed leaders in the food, agriculture and natural resource sectors who wish to step up and make a difference in their community. In this article, Renee Ciardi, (NYFB - LeadNY Class 18), reflects on a LeadNY alumni trip, where...
New York’s premier leadership development program is now accepting applications for its next class of leaders in the food, agriculture and natural resources sectors of the Northeast. This year’s cohort will be the 20th class in the program...