BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo School of Management
has awarded LeaderCORE certification to 27 MBA graduates.
They are the inaugural group to complete LeaderCORE
(Certification of Readiness and Excellence), an exclusive,
comprehensive program that spans the entire two years of the UB MBA
The graduates are: Aditya Anand, Mohammedali Badani, Vibhuti
Bansal, Clare Carroll, Katarzyna Dec, Turner Gutmann, Julia
Jornsay-Silverburg, Anthony LaRosa, Yihui Li, Jie Liu, Mindy Long,
Sara Macie, Emily Mazur, Shruthi Parameswaran Nambi, Makesh Nayar,
Anthony Nicodemi, Rafael Pignataro, Harshit Purwar, Sairam
Ramakrishnan, Joshua Randle, David Saunders, Arkuti Shastri,
Junghoon (Paul) Song, Young Yang, Terri Zelasko, Lin Zhao and David
LeaderCORE was designed to give students the opportunity to
study and navigate real-world business situations while developing
a set of clearly identified management competencies.
"Through years of experience with corporations and recruiters,
we've learned that at the core of every exceptional leader are
certain common competencies," says SUNY Distinguished Teaching
Professor Jerry M. Newman, LeaderCORE's "visionary" and a key
member of the School of Management's planning team. "LeaderCORE
helps students identify which of these competencies they need to
shore up and, with the help of volunteer coaches and faculty, they
spend their entire two years in the MBA program developing the
skills that will enable them to hit the ground running in their
LeaderCORE bridges the gap between academic learning and the
workplace, focusing on core competencies -- such as teamwork,
problem solving, adaptability and integrity -- considered vital by
the business community for effective performance and successful
leadership. The program is integrated into every aspect of
coursework, career and professional development opportunities,
internships and more.
In their first semester, LeaderCORE students undergo a rigorous
assessment process during which they identify the competencies they
wish to strengthen. Each student then creates an individual
development plan based on current competencies and career
One of the most differentiating features of LeaderCORE is the
certification process. Candidates were required to present and
defend their learning portfolios and provide examples of how they
have successfully put their newly developed competencies into
practice. Each candidate was interviewed by a pair of trained
assessors, one from within the school and the other an experienced
business executive. The final assessment determines the student's
level of certification: proficient, superior or role model.
Mindy Long, MBA '12, saw LeaderCORE as an opportunity to
distinguish herself from her peers. Her summer internship at New
Era Cap Co. helped her gain valuable work experience while also
building key competencies. Based on her strong performance in the
internship and successful demonstration of her "management
readiness," New Era offered Long a permanent place on their team.
"I think it definitely set me apart," says Long, who was hired as
part of the company's talent development group.
Her new supervisor agrees. Paula Elsinghorst, manager of global
talent development for New Era, created internship projects for
Long that focused on the leadership skills she viewed as essential.
Elsinghorst watched her combine academic and leadership training to
solve multilayered problems.
External assessors praised LeaderCORE as a great differentiator
for both the school as an institution and for each of the
One such assessor, Joe Kuchera, vice president of human
resources at Unifrax, sums it up succinctly: "I am adding
LeaderCORE to my radar. This is a talent group I want to hire when
The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on
real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global
perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school has
been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, Forbes,
U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal for the
quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides
its graduates. For more information about the UB School of
Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.