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CLASS DELAYED BY ONE FULL YEAR 

The adverse effects of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 outbreak on our community and nation have continued to grow. Having closely monitored and evaluated the consequent impacts on our program participants, supporting businesses and the community overall, the LEAD Board of Directors has determined The LEAD program planned for 2020-21 will be delayed one full year and begin in the fall of 2021. 

We sincerely hope your interest in becoming members of the next LEAD class will remain throughout this postponement.  If you applied by the 2020 deadline, your application is being held for implementation of the class selection process next year.  You may retain it as is, update it, or withdraw it based on your individual situation at that time. 

LEAD is as disappointed as you are with the necessity of this delay, and many factors went into the board’s decision. Considerations included current and anticipated financial pressures bearing on all levels of our business community and society, and continued uncertainty regarding the presence and prevalence of the coronavirus everywhere that affects our own community.  There is also the possibility of an additional wave of coronavirus this fall and winter prior to the availability of effective medical treatments and vaccines.

Please contact our administrative coordinator, Linda Stanier, with any questions you may have concerning the program and your application.  She can be reached by email at lstanier@cox.net. LEAD staff will be in touch with you throughout the coming months regarding developments and a new program calendar.


For Your Consideration

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.

Selection

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!

Tuition

The enrollment fee 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.


Program Commitments

Welcome Reception 

Meet your fellow class members & network with LEAD Class Alumni

Class Orientation
Sept. 9, 2021
Stryker Building, Room 127

Review summer assignments & fall/winter schedule, hear more about retreat, and get your roommate assignment!

Two-Day Retreat

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
class project! 

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:

    Familiarization Tour - Tourism
    History, Culture & Media
    Courts and Public Safety
    Local Government, Mock City Council & Budget Exercise
    General Assembly 
    Health and Human Services and the Faith-Based Community

    Pre-K – 12 and Higher Education
    Economic Drivers: Business and Military
    Environment and Urbanization

    Class Project

    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 19, 2022
    Class Debrief: Riverwalk Restaurant
    Graduation: 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.

    Contact Information

    For more information, please email LeadGreaterWmbgApplication@gmail.com or contact Program Coordinator Bob Hershberger at 757-220-2892 or cidlco68@gmail.com 


    Download the Program Brochure


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    Encouraging, Enriching, and Supporting Community Leaders in Greater Williamsburg

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