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Emerging Leaders Think and Drink Series

Wednesday, July 10 | 5-7 PM  

Rising Storm Brewing Company at The Mill  

1880 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14625 

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided.  

Connect with up-and-coming professionals while hearing from inspiring leaders in our region. Network, enjoy a cocktail or two, and leave knowing more about your community. Please bring in nonperishable food items to benefit local food pantries. 


Will Cleveland  

Renowned Journalist, Police Accountability Advocate, and Craft Brewing Expert  

Will Cleveland, an Irondequoit native, covers a little bit of everything for the Democrat and Chronicle, including public safety and the thriving Rochester-area beer scene. He can trace his craft beer roots back to his undergraduate days at the University of Montana in Missoula where he lived across the street from a fantastic brewery – KettleHouse. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Montana and holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Maine. He lives in Irondequoit with his wife and, begrudgingly, two cats.  

Thank you to our sponsor, RG&E for making this Emerging Leaders event possible.

Past Think and Drink guests:
Bob Duffy, President & CEO, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce 
Lauren, Rob & Evan Gallina, Gallina Development 
Faheem Masood, President & CEO, ESL Federal Credit Union
Melisza Campos, Marketing Manager, Wegman Food Markets
Dan Burns, Regional President, M&T 
Mitch Gruber, Chief Strategy Officer, Foodlink; Rochester City Council member
Jaime Saunders, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Rochester
Dr. Michael Mendoza, Commissioner of Public Health, Monroe County
Jai Ramachandran, CEO, Brighton Securities 
Kevin Beckford, Senior HR Director, Staff Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, University of Rochester
Jen Cathy, Chief Impact Officer, United Way of Greater Rochester
Andrea Holland, Executive Communications Coach & Consultant, Holland Communications
Bill Goodrich, CEO & Managing Partner, LeChase Construction
Samra Brouk, NY State Senator - 55th District
Jim Reed, President & CEO, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 
Senator Jeremy A. Cooney, Chairman of Committee on Procurement and Contracts, Democrat, Working Families, District 56
Kim Harding, Partner / Deputy Leader, Litigation Department / Leader, Labor Relations Team 
Andy Gallina, President, Gallina Development

To learn more about the Emerging Leaders Society visit here.