Leadership Charlottesville



*The application for LC Class of 2018 will open March 2017

You’re invited to attend one of three information sessions being hosted on March 1. LC program director and past participants will be on hand to share information about Leadership Charlottesville and answer your questions about the program. Click on the link to register for a specific session time:
March 1; 9am-10am
March 1; 12am-1pm
March 1; 330pm-430pm

The Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2017 is off to a strong start. Thirty-one community citizens spent two days connecting and bonding as a new class at Orientation and the Challenge Course. We’re looking forward to a great year with LC2017!

On November 30, the Class of 2017 successfully completed the first half of Leadership Charlottesville. At their Leadership In Action session, they selected four nonprofits to partner with to complete their team-based community projects:

Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries (CALM)

Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)

Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust


More than 50 members of the Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association (LCAA) helped to organize the sessions and/or served as presenters/facilitators/moderators. We thank them for their valuable contributions to the program’s 2016 sessions.


Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2017

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Leadership Charlottesville – Class of 2017

Robert “Chris” Ackerman, MicroAire Surgical Instruments, LLCSue Haas, Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeMelissa “Melly” Neff, Gary Albert State Farm Agency
Adrienne Agee, Cadence CompanionsSarah Hamfeldt, Jefferson-Madison Regional LibraryJordan Roelofs, Blue Ridge Bank
LaNika Barnes, Albemarle County Public SchoolsChristian “Chris” Henningsen, Henningsen Kestner ArchitectsNicole Scro, Williams Mullen
Susian Brooks, Klöckner PentaplastAlexander “Alex” Ikenfuna, City of CharlottesvilleSara Simoneau, City of Charlottesville
Brian “Scott” Carpenter, Charlottesville Fire DepartmentStephanie Kester, Crutchfield CorporationJacqueline Smith, Commonwealth Assisted Living
Elise Cruz, Monticello Area Community Action AgencyTerrie Lantor, Omni Charlottesville HotelKeith Smith, Roy Wheeler Realty Inc.
Leslie Deane, Cavalier Notary LLCBrittani Lemonds, Michie Hamlett, Attorneys at LawCheryl Thacker, Union Bank & Trust
Gary Driskill, State Farm InsuranceNicolas “Nick” Mari, MillerCoorsBrantley Ussery, Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau
Libby Edwards-Allbaugh, The Tax Ladies Inc.Brandy Martin, Federal Executive InstituteDorothy “Dori” Williams, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Lee Elberson, Clayborne EducationDeidra Massie, Commonwealth Senior Living
Nicole Ferretti, University of VirginiaMatthew Murphy, City of Charlottesville

History: The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce established Leadership Charlottesville in 1982 as an “economic development” initiative in order to advance a key Chamber program to serve our member enterprises’ efforts to help build an active corps of engaged, dedicated civic leaders. Leadership Charlottesville has become and remains a signature Chamber member-service, community-building program. More than 955 individuals have graduated from Leadership Charlottesville and these graduates are now challenging themselves by serving their employers and our community in active community-building efforts.

How It Works: Leadership Charlottesville (LC) is a 9-month tuition-based program that begins in September and concludes in May with team project presentations and graduation. The fall program, held from September to November, consists of 12 sessions built around a curriculum of community issues. Nine of these sessions meet on consecutive Wednesday afternoons at designated locations around the community. There are also three monthly sessions held in February, March and April. At least 80% of the non-mandatory sessions must be attended to qualify for a certification of completion. See brochure for schedule of sessions.

Class Projects: As part of the Leadership Charlottesville program, class members participate in project teams to address significant needs within the community. In order to provide our teams the best possible project offerings, project ideas are received from local community organizations. Request for Proposals (RFP) are received throughout October and November from Charlottesville area nonprofits. RFPs are sent via ChamberBits and email. You can also contact the Leadership Charlottesville Director for a form.

Who Participates: Leadership Charlottesville participants include senior level executives, nonprofit executives and staff, entrepreneurs/solopreneurs, local government employees, and community leaders. If you are an existing or emerging leader from the corporate, nonprofit, government, or small business sector, then this program is for you!

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Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016

The Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016 successfully completed their team-based community projects with the following nonprofitpartners:

Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

City of Promise

Foothills Child Advocacy Center

Jefferson School City Center

The class gave formal project presentations on May 11 at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Following that, the Chamber presented each member of the Class of 2016 with a certificate of completion.

Visit www.melodyrobbinsphotography.com to view the photos. Password: leadership2016

Every year one team is voted by the class to present to the Chamber Board of Directors. This year Team Foothills was selected to represent the Class of 2016. They presented to the board on June 28.

Program Director: Andrea Copeland-Whitsett education@cvillechamber.com / 434.295.3078

Our Mission

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.