BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo School of Management
awarded LeaderCORE™ certification to 41 MBA students in a
ceremony on April 11 at the Marriott Hotel in Amherst.
This is the third group to complete LeaderCORE, an exclusive
leadership development program that spans the entire two years of
the UB MBA experience.
LeaderCORE, which received the prestigious Innovator Award last
year from the MBA Roundtable, gives students the opportunity to
study and navigate real-world business situations while developing
a set of clearly identified management competencies.
The graduates are: Natasha Allard, Karina Armstrong, Jeffrey
Beacham, Naveen Bitra, John Bossung III, Brian Bowman, Ryan Carr,
Balakumar Bharathi, Emily Clark, Kevin Cross, Caitlin Curry,
Srutakirti Das, Christopher Eglin, Peter Fendt, Geoffrey Gallson,
Cathryn Hilliard, Haiyan Hu, David Huoh, Kristen Ilecki, Luv
Khurana, Rachana Kumar, Lijuan Lin, Christine Lundahl, Ankit
Manchanda, Sugirtha Murugesan, Girish Nair, Marita Paredez, Shahid
Parkar, Amit Pitale, Jeannette Russell-Shepherd, Swetha Sarathy,
Vincent Schutt, Kevin Scoma, Miao Shi, Gregory Smith, Francesca
Sosnowski, Megan Walck, Jenna Wegrzyn, Kathryn Weston, Landry
Willard and Paul Zelepsky.
“LeaderCORE was designed with input from a wide
cross-section of employers who tell us that the competencies
developed in the program are an important factor for being hired
and progressing in their organizations,” says Nick Everest,
faculty director of the program and assistant professor of
organization and human resources in the UB School of Management.
“It is very rewarding to see students build on their existing
strengths and develop skills that will guide their ongoing career
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
two-step certification process that includes a new assessment
center experience launched this year with individual and group
exercises, as well as a final defense interview.
During the interview, candidates are 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 is 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
External assessors praised LeaderCORE as a great differentiator
for both the school as an institution and for each of the
“With the leadership dimensions instilled in them through
the program, LeaderCORE graduates are clearly more prepared to
enter the workforce and engage from day one,” says Eileen
Morgan, vice president of human resources at Delaware North Cos.
“It truly is an important program and one that we are
certainly pleased to support.”
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 also
has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times,
Forbes and U.S. News & World Report 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 mgt.buffalo.edu.