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Expand your skills through CenterState CEO programs.

Training & Education

CenterState CEO offers Training & Education programs on topics including sales, customer service, leadership and business management. CenterState CEO membership allows all employees of the business to attend training and education events at member cost.  

Executive Dialogue

Executive Dialogue is a FREE CenterState CEO member program designed exclusively for business owners, upper management, and company decision makers.  Groups of 10-12 non-competing business owners and/or executives meet monthly to confidentially discuss issues and opportunities that matter most to their businesses.

  • Peer-to-peer expertise sharing on best business practices, successes and challenges
  • Candid and confidential group problem solving and review of business issues
  • Relevant discussions to improve your business

Executive Dialogue members must commit to attend one two-hour meeting each month, and are asked to host one meeting during the October to June program year. Free orientation and training sessions are provided for all participants. Executive Dialogue Group Leaders receive special training to ensure the discussions remain focused and targeted on selected topics.

Executive Leadership Series

CenterState CEO offers members a six-month comprehensive leadership series. The program is presented by CenterState CEO, with curriculum that combines academic expertise from local colleges and universities with real world insight from some of the region's top business leaders. 

The Executive Leadership Development Series helps executives and rising managers reach the next level by enhancing critical thinking, communication and empowerment skills. 

For more information on the Executive Dialogue program or the Executive Leadership Series, contact Lisa Metot.

Lisa Metot
Director of Events & Programs

Tech Garden Programs

Tech Meetups

Syracuse Tech Meetups are monthly events focused on learning and networking in Upstate New York. Tech Meetup topics can range from educational opportunities to tech competitions. Local leaders are encouraged to host events and offer attendees the opportunity to learn new skills.

Start-up Programs

CenterState CEO offers a number of programs to help start businesses. Successful members are welcomed to act as mentors for these new business owners.  


Government Relations Committee

As part of this committee, members meet with elected officials and policy makers, explore issues, formulate positions, lead lobbying efforts and sponsor events such as the annual Issues Conference. For more information about the Government Relations Committee, contact Deb Warner.

CenterState CEO Ambassadors

Volunteers welcome new CenterState CEO members and provide recognition to area businesses who are celebrating important milestones such as anniversaries, expansions, and grand openings. Contact Sharon Abert to learn more about becoming a CenterState CEO Ambassador. 

Sharon Abert
Director of Member Services

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