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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.

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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

Manger, University Recognition Program

Office of Total Rewards

Portrait of Marisa Wilson

Marisa Wilson

Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations

Associate Director, Volunteer & Regional Programs

Executive board members

Portrait of Daina Druzynski.

Daina Druzynski

Medical Center Talent Acquisition

Director, Executive and Senior Faculty Recruitment

Portrait of Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher

School of Nursing

Associate Director, Information Technology Services

Portrait of Kim Hally-Hettrick

Kim Hally-Hettrick

Medical Center

Administrator II


Blaire Koerner

Eastman School of Music

Assistant Director, Institute for Music Leadership

Portrait of Christopher McConnell

Christopher McConnell

Medical Center

Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Residency Director, Concussion Care Team Coordinator

Portrait of Amy McDonald

Amy McDonald

Office of the Provost

Associate Director, University Health Service Health Promotion

Portrait of Sarah-Mossey

Sarah Mossey

Office of Communications

Senior Project Manager, Creative Services

Portrait of JonPowers

Jon Powers

Arts, Sciences & Engineering

Assistant Director, Event Planning and Technology

Portrait of Chelsea Rybak

Chelsea Rybak

Arts, Sciences & Engineering

Senior Admissions Counselor

Portrait of Sarah Sexstone

Sarah Sexstone

River Campus Libraries

Finance and Analysis Librarian


Katie Shaw

Information Services Division

Analyst/Programmer Lead

Portrait of Matt Ulakovic 

Matt Ulakovic 

Friends of Strong Memorial Hospital

Events and Awareness Coordinator, and Public Relations Associate

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