Executive Edge @ United Way Summary


Executive Edge @ United Way is an exclusive and innovative leadership program designed specifically for nonprofit Executive Directors and CEO’s. Our program equips you with the critical skills necessary to navigate and thrive in today's dynamic and ever-changing landscape. With a unique approach, combining intensive workshops and peer circle sessions, facilitated by seasoned leadership consultant Sesha Yalamanchili, we ensure a transformative and enriching experience throughout the year, giving you the advantage to excel and succeed in this challenging climate.


Program Structure

Intensive Workshops

Join us for four (4) intensive three-hour in-person workshops, strategically scheduled for maximum impact. These sessions provide deep dives into emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, adaptive leadership and coaching and mentoring. Our facilitator will guide you in translating knowledge into actionable leadership strategies, propelling you towards accelerated and lasting growth in your soft leadership skills.

Peer Circle Sessions

Embrace the power of collaborative learning during six 2-hour peer circle sessions. These sessions foster an atmosphere of confidential sharing and peer-supported growth. Engage with fellow CEO's to discuss specific challenges, share real-world examples, and integrate the best practices learned during the workshops into your unique organizational context.


The Executive Edge @ United Way cohort will be comprised of up to 30 WNY nonprofit Executive Directors and CEO’s. 


Program Dates

The intensive workshop and virtual peer circle session dates are listed below. All sessions will take place at the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.

In-person workshops

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2024, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 10, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 10, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Peer Learning Circles

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2024, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Our Facilitator

Sesha Yalamanchili is a leadership consultant and trainer with more than 15 years of experience as a business leader. Her mission? To implement programs, inspire leaders, teams and individuals to create inclusive environments where everyone has an equal opportunity to flourish. Sesha is the President of On The Mark Counsulting. For more information about Sesha, CLICK HERE.


Interested in the 2024 cohort (includes both intensive workshops & peer learning circles)?

  • Must be the chief executive (Executive Director, CEO, President, etc.) of a nonprofit agency in WNY.

  • Completed Application

  • Participant fee of $499

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Payment will be due at the time your application is accepted.


For more information about Executive Edge @ United Way you may contact:

Jerome Singletary, Director of Equity & Advocacy: jerome.singletary[at]uwbec.org.


For sponsorship information about Executive Edge @ United Way please contact:

Nancy McNamara, Director of Community Engagement: nancy.mcnamara[at]uwbec.org.