Young Professionals Leadership Certificate Program

A leadership program for young professionals looking to advance their careers

Next Session Begins:
February 6th, 2015 (7-week course -- see details below)



This program is designed to provide young professionals with an advantage over their peers through a sharp focus on key functions of leadership that are proven necessities to a highly successful career. Through a series of workshops and networking events, participants will be provided with the necessary resources that will prepare them for the next-steps in their career.


In addition to the program workshops, participants will have an opportunity to attend a series of networking events held at an offsite location.  Each networking event is professionally facilitated so that all participants are engaged, building new skills and meeting other young professionals in the WNY community.  Bring a guest!  Non-members can attend for just $10. Find out more!

Who Should Attend

All professionals under the age of 40 with an interest in personal and professional development and community engagement are welcome.


To obtain certification, participants must take the ‘Self Awareness and Credibility’ and ‘Your Professional Talent Map’ workshops and choose three additional workshops to attend.


Self-Awareness and Credibility (manditory)
February 6th, 2015
8:30am - 11:30am

  • Identify why it’s important to focus on strengths, rather than weakness
  • Recognize the link between self awareness and credibility
  • Determine how to magnify your strengths and minimize your weaknesses

Basic Business Writing
February 13th, 2015 
8:30am - 11:30am

  • Increase your fluency and confidence as a writer
  • Discover how to tailor your writing to various key audiences for maximum effectiveness
  • Learn about common mistakes business writers make

Financial Basics
February 20th, 2015 
8:30am - 11:30am

  • Understand and apply basic financial concepts to your industry
  • Learn key accounting and finance terminology, statement components and budgeting concepts
  • Explore major regulatory and compliance issues currently affecting businesses

Public Speaking
February 27th, 2015 
8:30am - 11:30am

  • Overcome uncertainty and insecurity of speaking situations and presentation skills
  • Develop and enhance essential delivery skills, both verbal and non-verbal 
  • Acquire effective organizational skills for maximum presentation impact

Influencing Without Authority
March 6th, 2015 
8:30am - 11:30am

  • Develop skills for attaining cooperation from supervisors who command resources, information and potentially crucial support, but who are not required to collaborate is an extremely beneficial skill to acquire

Managing Conflict
March 13th, 2015 
8:30am - 11:30am

  • Educate participants in the theoretical framework of conflict 
  • Recognize destructive and constructive conflict response behaviors and apply to real life scenarios
  • Enhance and apply emotional intelligence to effectively deal with the various contexts conflict can occur within

Your Professional Talent Map (manditory)
March 20th, 2015 
8:30am - 11:30am

Develop a clear idea of your talent map by critically analyzing strengths and interests

  • Become an advocate for your own career path and a more engaged and productive employee


Date/Time: February 6th, 2015 - March 20th, 2015
                  Fridays from 8:30am - 11:30am

Investment: $395    
Includes all materials and Advisory Network meetings.

Location: Canisius College Center for Professional Development
300 Corporate Pkwy, Suite 130
                 Amherst, NY 14226

The Young Professionals
Advisory Network

The "YP Network" provides an opportunity for both members and non-members of the Young Professionals Leadership Certificate Program to get together in a less structured environment that is highly conductive to networking and getting to know your peers.  The first hour of each meeting is professionally facilitated and includes group discussion on topics that are relevant to and chosen by the network’s members. Following this is a second hour that allows time for all members to mingle, build relationships and create connections with their peers. 

Meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday from 6pm - 8pm of the month over a 9 month period and will be held at the Pan American Grill & Brewery in downtown Buffalo, NY. This "YP Network" is open to the public so bring a friend!  Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvre and build new relationships!

Investment: $10 for non-YP members

Visit the YP Advisory Network page for more information and to register >>