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We are seeking individuals who are retired from full-time careers, have a passion for our area, a thirst for learning, the time required to commit to the entire program and a desire to volunteer in our community. Our participants are accomplished individuals who are retired from full-time careers and looking to leverage their talents in the Greater Williamsburg area. If that sounds like you, then consider applying for the CLS Program. An added advantage is the opportunity to meet and speak with many of the senior level leaders throughout many organizations and lend insight to many of their challenges. Often opportunities are provided for several “behind-the-scenes” with local organizations and their leadership.

CLS runs in even numbered years. Application submission for the Class of 2024 is February 1 to June 1, 2023 with selections and notification by July 31, 2023.

Participation in CLS Greater Williamsburg is open to persons living and/or working in the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce service area. The CLS program represents a significant time and financial commitment. Class participants need to be able to attend all scheduled events to participate in the program. As we receive more applicants than we can accommodate, those selected into the program need to commit to attend every session. While CLS requires a serious commitment of time and energy, you will have gained a deeper understanding of the community and the areas where you can make a positive impact.


The CLS Board makes selections, seeking a cross-section of participants from the community that reflect the program’s values.

Class size is limited to 18-20 participants. Due to class size, applicants not accepted for a particular class may reapply!


The tuition fee is $500. This covers all sessions, refreshments, lunches, and the administration of the program.  If selected as a participant, tuition is due by October 1, 2023.


Orientation Meet and Greet
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Time: 1 to 5:30 p.m. (Social Hour 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
Location: To Be Announced

Meet your classmates and learn more about the CLS Program and what you will be experiencing. This is mandatory and you will be rewarded with new friends and a deeper appreciation for the CLS Program and how it works.

Weekly Full-Day Sessions
Tuesdays, January 16 through March 19, 2024
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Various

These sessions are packed full of presentations, panel discussions, and interactive activities. They take place on Tuesday of each week from January 18 through March 29. These "class days" are mandatory but more importantly, extremely enlightening!

You'll address topics of community interest and concern in the following subject areas: 

  • History: Past Meets Present
  • Government, Tourism and Economics
  • Health and Wellness
  • Environment and Conservation
  • Educating the Community
  • Addressing Community Needs
  • Protecting the Community
  • Arts and Culture

Interactive Evaluation and Graduation
Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Location: TBD

Before you walk across the stage, during an informal and interactive session, you'll be able to share your feedback and suggestions for the CLS program with the CLS board.


Completed application form AND your biography (400 words maximum).

All applications and biographies (400 words maximum) must be received by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce by June 1, 2023.


The application process for the Class of 2024 is open from January 15-June 1, 2023. Individuals selected for the program will be notified by July 31, 2023.

     Download CLS 2024 Application Form 

Note: This is a fillable PDF.  To use it, you need to first download the form and save to your computer or tablet. Then go to your downloads folder, click to open the file and edit it within Adobe Reader.  If you try and open it in your browser, you will be unable to edit the file to add your information.  Once you have edited it, save the file and submit as per below instructions. 

You may submit your application using one of the following methods (email as an attachment is preferred):

  1. Download, print and complete the application form by hand and mail or hand-deliver along with your bio to CLS, c/o Greater Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 421 North Boundary Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185, or
  2. Download and fill-in the application form on your computer and a) save a personal electronic copy and send it by email as an attachment along with your bio to: b) print, sign and mail or hand-deliver (as above).

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