An inaugural leadership conference was hosted by Leadership Cattaraugus and Leadership Allegany on August 8, 2013, at St. Bonaventure University. Both organizations wanted to continue to provide leadership training for their alumni, and were looking into what type of venue to develop to bring this about. Jesse Gugino, Administrator of Leadership Cattaraugus spoke with Pam Witter, Chairperson for Leadership Allegany, about a conference. A leadership conference was one of Leadership Allegany's strategic initiatives for this year. The organizations agreed to cooperate and work together to plan one. A conference committee was formed with alumni from both organizations including: Tina Zerbian, Dan Donner, Keith Kranick, Robin Land, Corey Wiktor, Jesse Gugino, Phyllis Gaerte, and Pam Witter. This group met monthly to plan the event, named it: "The Southern Tier Leadership Summit, Discovering, Growing, and Inspiring Leadership." After an inquiry was sent out for presentations, the committee reviewed and selected 9 sessions. They included The Platinum Rule - By Dan Antonioli, The Qualities of a Dynamic Board - By Candy Plants, Kathy McGoldrick, and Don Jones; Congruence & Authentic Leadership - by Odeney Carty; Leadership and Diversity - by Nichole Gonzalez; Pathways: The Leadership Paradigm - by Lesley Zurek; Achieving Success: The Skill of Reclaiming Life Balance - by Terri Kersch; Leader Self-Complexity - by Dr. Pierre Balthazard; Growing Your Network or Member Organization - by Althea Luehrsen; and Establishing and Operating Leadership Programs - by Jodi Fuller and Pam Witter. The biographies of all presenters and their presentation can be found on a hyperlink at www.leadershipcattaraugus.org The Key note speaker was Herb Escher, Vice President of Development for Dale Carnegie of Rochester. He gave a family perspective on the growth of Dale Carnegie in Rochester, and their approach to leadership in the community. A total of 91 people registered for the conference. Based on this response, Leadership Cattaraugus and Leadership Allegany are looking forward to a second conference next year. "This conference not only brought high-quality leadership programming to the Southern Tier, but served as a wonderful case study for collaborative efforts between our leadership programs," Witter said. "I am a graduate of Leadership Cattaraugus and one of the co-founders of Leadership Allegany. It was so rewarding to watch colleagues from across counties work alongside one another, pool resources, and bring new networks to the table to serve our region well."