Leadership Charlottesville is off to a strong start. Thirty-three citizens from the community make up the Class of 2016. Orientation and our team-building challenges at Charlottesville Challenge Course were both successful, day-long events. We are now learning about the greater Charlottesville community in our half-day weekly sessions.
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 925 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 nonprofits that are Chamber members. 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!
Leadership Charlottesville – Class of 2016
|James "Jamie" Beadle, State Farm Insurance||Allison Farole, Office of Emergency Management||Carolyn Saint, University of Virginia|
|Bush Bell, University of Virginia Medical Center||David Foky, NBC29||Christoph Scharnbeck, Union Bank & Trust|
|Bevin Boisvert, Montague Miller & Co.||Quinton Harrell, Region Ten||Darrin Short, Charlottesville Fire Department|
|William "Bill" Brent, Jr., American Red Cross||William "Bill" Kerr, Camryn Limousine||Brandi Smith, Commonwealth Assisted Living|
|Lisa Brook, MichieHamlett||Ashby Kindler, Albemarle County Public Schools||Andrew Sullivan, Commonwealth Assisted Living|
|Melvin "Mel" Burruss, Miller Law Group, P.C.||Leigh-Anne Lawrence, Piedmont Virginia Community College||Shellie Taylor, Royer, Caramanis & McDonough, PLC|
|Marlon Cerritos, Crutchfield Corporation||Craig Marshall, Zobrist Law Group, PLLC||Thomas Taylor, Van Yahres Tree Company|
|Jonathan "Jon" Chasen, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC||Andrew Mills, Hampton & Everett, P.C.||Val Thompson, Charlottesville Newsplex|
|Lindell Chavis, Monitcello Area Community Action Agency||Stefanie Ollison, University of Virginia Health System||Tara Wisnewski, Crutchfield Corporation|
|Katherine Davis, Paramount Theater||Jessica Pointer, Residence Inn by Marriott||Keir Zander, Community Investment Collaborative|
|Gail Esterman, ReadyKids||Andrew Renshaw, Piedmont Virginia Community College|
Program Director: Andrea Copeland-Whitsett firstname.lastname@example.org / 434.295.3078