Leadership Charlottesville


Now accepting applications for the Class of 2019! Apply here.  

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2018 Tuition: Earlybird, Regular and Late

March 1-April 27: $1075 members, $1350 nonmembers

April 28-June 22: $1200 members, $1500 nonmembers

June 23-July 6: $1350 members, $1650 nonmember



Leadership Charlottesville 2017 – 18 Program Underwriters

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Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2018

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The Class of 2018 has completed the fall semester of the Leadership Charlottesville program. On November 29, they heard project pitches from eight nonprofits and selected four as nonprofit partners to complete their team-based community projects:

Albemarle County Public Schools; Camp Holiday Trails; Charlottesville Redevelopment; Housing Authority and Oakland School.

The class will work on and complete their projects between December 2017 and April 2018, presenting their completed work in May 2018.




The Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2017 graduated from the program on Tuesday, May 9th at CitySpace. See a video of the graduation and project presentations here.

On April 18 at the Chamber Spring Luncheon, the Class of 2017 was presented with their Leadership Charlottesville certificates of completion. On April 21, the class successfully completed their team-based community projects and presented their work to the Chamber and community on May 9.

Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries (CALM)

Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)

Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust


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Leadership Charlottesville – Class of 2018 Roster

Pennelope “Penny” CabanissUniversity of Virginia
Brandi CarpenterOasis Day Spa and Body Shop
Connor ChildressScott Kroner
Lorenzo DickersonAlbemarle County Public Schools
Sheleigha EarlyHyatt Place
Donald “Don” GathersGraduate Charlottesville Hotel
Misty GravesCity of Charlottesville-Department of Human Services
Eden Green
Allison Partners
Jolene HammPiedmont Virginia Community College
Kristal HawkinsState Farm Insurance
Samantha “Sam” HollandOmni Charlottesville
Josephine “JoJo” HumphreyCBS19/Charlottesville Newsplex
James “Jim” HutchersonHantzmon Wiebel
Carrie JonesHyatt Place
Arlene LeeR.E. Lee Companies
Alfredo LopezUniversity of Virginia Health System
Emmy LyonsState Farm Insurance
Hannah MahaffeyMartin Horn, Inc.
Jodi MillsStony Point Design/Build
Taylor OdomRoyer, Caramanis & McDonough, PLC
Keith O’NeilUVA Community Credit Union
Dane RalstonATC Group Services
Joshua RectorEastgate Town Center, LLC
Erika RobinsonPepsi Cola Bottling Company
Nicole RobinsonUniversity of Virginia
Joshua RyanUnion Bank & Trust
Douglas “Doug” SecrestCenturyLink
Ellen SewellCharlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wilson SteppeMacmillan Publishing
Jennifer StieffenhoferCity of Charlottesville-Procurement
Harry StillermanPiedmont Virginia Community College
Garrett TrentHabitat for Humanity
Kimberly WashingtonOffender Aid & Restoration
Amanda WilliamsNBC29 WVIR-TV

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 980 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 an 8-month tuition-based program held September through April. 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. December through April, the class works with local nonprofit partners to complete several team-based community service projects. During this time, there are three monthly sessions held in February, March and April. Team project presentations and graduation are held at the conclusion of the program. 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 2015
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LC Class of 2013
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Program Director:

Andrea Copeland-Whitsett, 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.