LEAD VIRGINIA is a life-changing experience. Without the scholarship option, I would not have been able to be a part of this remarkable leadership program. During the unforgettable journey with the Class of 2013, I connected with some of the best leaders in the Commonwealth. LEAD VIRGINIA broadened my perspective on many complex statewide issues. More importantly, it fueled my passion to be an influential leader in the Commonwealth of Virginia bringing economic growth, improved health, and enhanced education to ensure a future of prosperity for Virginia. I am certain the perspective I gained and the expansion of my social network will significantly impact my ability to serve the Commonwealth in even greater capacities in the future. Lastly, LEAD VIRGINIA brought out the best in me. When I arrived in Williamsburg for the first session, I felt as though my efforts would never be big enough to make a significant difference. As I was leaving our final session in Richmond, I looked around the room at my 49 extraordinary classmates, and it was then I realized my small efforts combined with their efforts will, in fact, make a significant difference in this great Commonwealth.
Lori Hester, Director of Community and Economic Development, Smyth County, Marion,
LEAD VIRGINIA Class of 2013