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  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development

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.

LeadNY, a pioneering training program for mid-career professionals, provides intensive one- or two-year programs to improve leadership skills, self-awareness, issues analysis, critical thinking and civic engagement. Based at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the program links Cornell leadership and global development expertise with real-world training to help professionals maximize their potential in their careers and their community-based impact in the Northeast.

Applications are due March 1 and are now being accepted at the LeadNY website.

“LeadNY has been developing next-generation leadership across the Northeast for decades, and we are thrilled to start recruiting our next class,” said LeadNY Executive Director Larry Van De Valk. “Given the unprecedented changes and challenges facing our society today, we need effective leaders now more than ever.”

Candidates are selected through a competitive application process and come from a wide range of sectors, interests and geographic areas throughout the northeastern region. Select candidates will be interviewed in June, and final selection decisions will be made in July. After a brief virtual orientation in August, the class will begin their normal seminars in late September/early October. A tentative calendar is available on our website.

Participants who successfully complete the first year of the program (“Leadership Fundamentals”) can apply for the second-year program (“Lead Fellows”). Fellows do more out-of-state travel, including seminars in Ottawa, Canada, Washington DC, and an international study destination. Previous classes have visited countries like Kenya, Vietnam, Chile and others.

For more information please contact our office at (607) 255 – 7907 or leadnewyork [at] (leadnewyork[at]cornell[dot]edu).  Applications are available on our website at

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