Connecting Leaders

to shape Virginia's future

Gain Insights

through exploring the


Social Capital

Class members forge

a lasting network

Looking to the Future

to collaborate and lead

for tomorrow



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Class participants explore and grapple with major issues, challenges and opportunities facing the Commonwealth.

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Support for Lead Virginia helps maintain the cost for the program and integrity of the program.

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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

Our Sponsors

  • Altria
  • Bon Secours
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Union Bank
  • AEP
  • Charles Ryan Associates
  • Columbia Gas of Virginia
  • DRF
  • Mead West Vaco
  • Martinsville EDC
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Virginia Business
  • Virginia Economic Development Partnership
  • Wells Fargo
  • LEAD VIRGINIA’s Board of Directors