This year, interested candidates are encouraged to apply online to the LEAD Greater Williamsburg program. Please note that once you begin, you will not be able to start and stop this process. We recommend you allow an estimated 30 minutes to complete.
If you'd like to review the questions in advance of filling out the application, you may access a fillable PDF version here to collect your thoughts in advance of your application.
Before you begin, you will need the following documents to upload/attach to your application:
Two Letters of Recommendation
Participation in LEAD Greater Williamsburg requires a serious commitment of time and energy, though we can guarantee it's worth every bit of your personal investment! In a nutshell, you will need to demonstrate a clear interest in community service. Your employer/sponsor must officially pledge to the time it will require for you to be out of the office.
Class size is limited to 25-35 participants. Selection is made by a Chamber & Tourism Alliance-appointed committee that considers candidates who represent a cross-section of community sectors: business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations, and ethnic and minority groups that reflect the diversity of the community. Applicants who are not accepted for a particular class may reapply!
The enrollment fee for the Class of 2021 is $1,200 for Chamber Business Council members and $1,500 for non-Alliance members. This covers all sessions, meals, and the retreat.
A limited number of partial scholarships, tuition assistance, and/or payment plans may be available for participants from small business, non-profit organizations, or self-sponsored individuals.
May 14, 2020 - 3 to 7 p.m.
Meet your fellow class members & network with LEAD Class Alumni
Sept. 10, 2020
Review summer assignments & fall/winter schedule, hear more about retreat, and get your roommate assignment!
Sept. 17 & 18, 2020
The overnight retreat takes place at Chanco on the James (Surry County). You'll review your DiSC Personality results; present your oral autobiographies; hear from inspirational speakers; participate in team and leadership building exercises; and begin brainstorming about your
Eight Full-Day Sessions
These sessions are packed full or presentations, panel discussions, and interactive activities. They take place the second Thursday of each month from October through May (with two in January to include an added trip to the General Assembly in Richmond). These "class days" are mandatory but more importantly, extremely enlightening!
You'll address topics of interest and concern in the community, including:
Pre-K – 12 and Higher Education
Economic Drivers: Business and Military
Environment and Urbanization
Every class project is different but you can expect to spend at least 40-60 additional hours on this initiative--outside of regular class time.
Final-Day Class Evaluation & Graduation
May 20, 2021
Riverwalk Restaurant & Yorktown Freight Shed
Before you walk across the stage, during an informal session, you'll be able to share your feedback and suggestions for the LEAD program with the Chair of the Curriculum Committee as well as the program coordinator.
For more information, please email LeadGreaterWmbgApplication@gmail.com or contact Program Coordinator Bob Hershberger at 757-220-2892 or email@example.com