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About Emerging Leaders

We're a resource group for University of Rochester staff and faculty who are ready to invest in professional development and leadership.

A history of service to the University of Rochester and its future leaders.

The Emerging Leaders group was founded in 2010 by an even smaller group of dedicated staff members who identified a need for professional development opportunities for professionals across the University. The original name of our group was Young Leaders @ UR, but it was changed to Emerging Leaders in 2018 to capture the group’s diverse membership better. After all, youth comes once in a lifetime, and leadership knocks daily.

Emerging Leaders programming, events, and resources are free and open to staff and faculty across all units and districts of the University of Rochester, all 31,000 employees!

Our past events have included an annual fall membership meeting, an annual spring panel discussion with University leaders, lunch-and-learn lectures, professional development workshops, presentations on University-specific topics, community engagement activities, networking, and social events.

It's time to grow

Become a member

Our network of Emerging Leaders is over 600 members strong. Become a member, and you’ll be the first to hear about new programs, events, and resources targeted for the next generation of Rochester leaders.

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Emerging Leaders executive board

Meet the people, who in addition to their day job, plan and execute professional development programs for the Emerging Leaders of the University of Rochester.

Be advised these are solo portraits. But the real magic happens when we work together.

Appointed chairs
Portrait of Josh Jacobs

Joshua F. Jacobs

Simon Business School

Associate Director, Marketing & Events

Portrait of Libby Reitz

Libby Reitz

Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations

Associate Director, Gift Management

Executive board members
Portrait of Michelle Bopp-Smith

Michelle Bopp-Smith

Office of Global Engagement

Executive Assistant

Portrait of Lindsey Chamberlain

Lindsey Chamberlain

Office of the President

Events Manager

Portrait of Allyson Fess

Allyson Fess

Department of Neurology

Director, Research

Portrait of Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher

School of Nursing

Associate Director, Information Technology Services

Portrait of Sarah-Mossey

Sarah Mossey

Office of Communications

Senior Project Manager, Creative Services

Portrait of Margaret Parisi

Margaret Parisi

Department of Dermatology

Senior Financial Analyst

Portrait of Chelsea Costanzo Rybak

Chelsea Rybak

Office of Admissions

Senior Admissions Counselor

Portrait of Phil Sennett

Phil Sennett

Office of Communications

Director, Digital Services

Portrait of Marisa Wilson

Marisa Wilson

Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations

Associate Director, Volunteer & Regional Programs

executive champion

Elizabeth Stauderman

Vice president for communications

Oh, captain, our captain. Elizabeth Stauderman has led the University’s office of communications since appointed in August of 2015. As the executive champion for Emerging Leaders, Elizabeth is a pillar of support for our group’s initiatives.

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