*The application for LC Class of 2018 is now closed! Applications for the Class of 2019 will be accepted beginning March 2018.
Leadership Charlottesville 2017 – 18 Program Underwriters
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.
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2017
Leadership Charlottesville – Class of 2017 Roster
|Robert “Chris” Ackerman, MicroAire Surgical Instruments, LLC||Sarah Hamfeldt, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library||Jordan Pierson, Blue Ridge Bank|
|Adrienne Agee, Cadence Companions||Christian “Chris” Henningsen, Henningsen Kestner Architects||Nicole Scro, Williams Mullen|
|LaNika Barnes, Albemarle County Public Schools||Alexander “Alex” Ikenfuna, City of Charlottesville||Sara Simoneau, City of Charlottesville|
|Susian Brooks, Klöckner Pentaplast||Stephanie Kester, Crutchfield Corporation||Jacqueline Smith, Commonwealth Assisted Living|
|Brian “Scott” Carpenter, Charlottesville Fire Department||Terrie Lantor, Omni Charlottesville Hotel||Keith Smith, Roy Wheeler Realty Inc.|
|Elise Cruz, Monticello Area Community Action Agency||Brittani Lemonds, Michie Hamlett, Attorneys at Law||Cheryl Thacker, Union Bank & Trust|
|Gary Driskill, State Farm Insurance||Nicolas “Nick” Mari, MillerCoors||Brantley Ussery, Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau|
|Libby Edwards-Allbaugh, The Tax Ladies Inc.||Brandy Martin, Federal Executive Institute||Dorothy “Dori” Williams, University of Virginia School of Medicine|
|Lee Elberson, Clayborne Education||Deidra Massie, Commonwealth Senior Living|
|Nicole Ferretti, University of Virginia||Matthew Murphy, City of Charlottesville|
|Sue Haas, Piedmont Virginia Community College||Melissa “Melly” Neff, Gary Albert State Farm Agency|
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!
Program Director: Andrea Copeland-Whitsett email@example.com / 434.295.3078