We are no longer accepting applications for the Class of 2019.
2018 Tuition: Earlybird, Regular and Late
Early bird March 1-April 27: $1075 members, $1350 nonmembers April 28-June 22: $1200 members, $1500 nonmembers.
Leadership Charlottesville 2018 – 19 Program Underwriter
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 on successfully completing the Leadership Charlottesville program! On May 2nd, the class presented reports on their team-based community projects with the following nonprofit organizations:
Albemarle County Public Schools; Camp Holiday Trails; Charlottesville Redevelopment; Housing Authority and Oakland School.
Click here to view the video of the presentations.
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
Leadership Charlottesville – Class of 2018 Roster
|Pennelope “Penny” Cabaniss||University of Virginia|
|Brandi Carpenter||Oasis Day Spa and Body Shop|
|Connor Childress||Scott Kroner|
|Lorenzo Dickerson||Albemarle County Public Schools|
|Sheleigha Early||Hyatt Place|
|Donald “Don” Gathers||Graduate Charlottesville Hotel|
|Misty Graves||City of Charlottesville-Department of Human Services|
|Eden Green||Allison Partners|
|Jolene Hamm||Piedmont Virginia Community College|
|Kristal Hawkins||State Farm Insurance|
|Samantha “Sam” Holland||Omni Charlottesville|
|Josephine “JoJo” Humphrey||CBS19/Charlottesville Newsplex|
|James “Jim” Hutcherson||Hantzmon Wiebel|
|Carrie Jones||Hyatt Place|
|Arlene Lee||R.E. Lee Companies|
|Alfredo Lopez||University of Virginia Health System|
|Emmy Lyons||State Farm Insurance|
|Hannah Mahaffey||Martin Horn, Inc.|
|Jodi Mills||Stony Point Design/Build|
|Taylor Odom||Royer, Caramanis & McDonough, PLC|
|Keith O’Neil||UVA Community Credit Union|
|Dane Ralston||ATC Group Services|
|Joshua Rector||Eastgate Town Center, LLC|
|Erika Robinson||Pepsi Cola Bottling Company|
|Nicole Robinson||University of Virginia|
|Joshua Ryan||Union Bank & Trust|
|Douglas “Doug” Secrest||CenturyLink|
|Ellen Sewell||Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau|
|Wilson Steppe||Macmillan Publishing|
|Jennifer Stieffenhofer||City of Charlottesville-Procurement|
|Harry Stillerman||Piedmont Virginia Community College|
|Garrett Trent||Habitat for Humanity|
|Kimberly Washington||Offender Aid & Restoration|
|Amanda Williams||NBC29 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!
Andrea Copeland-Whitsett, 434.295.3078