Community Leadership Service

Sponsored by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, the mission of Community Leadership Service is to provide retirees and prospective retirees a broader understanding of the Greater Williamsburg Region -- its people, needs, governing bodies, and key institutions; and to encourage participants to pursue volunteer leadership roles in the community.

The biennial program begins with an orientation session in late January, and then meets every Tuesday, ending with a debriefing and recognition ceremony in early April.  CLS is especially attractive to area newcomers, retirees, those about to retire and to individuals with flexible schedules which allow them to participate in the weekly sessions.

Program Information

Through a series of eleven exciting day-long sessions, participants receive a view into the inner workings of Greater Williamsburg and have unequaled access to local leaders. The Class of 2018 program consists of:

  • A welcome retreat on January 23, 2018 to review program’s objectives, community issues, and develop Class of 2018 team spirit.
  • Ten day-long leadership sessions, held every Tuesday beginning January 30, addressing topics of community interest and concern, to include:

    • Tuesday, January 30 – Area History
    • Tuesday, February 6 – Williamsburg Destinations - Tourism
    • Tuesday, February 13 – Healthcare
    • Tuesday, February 20 – Courts and Public Safety
    • Friday, February 23 – Arts and Culture
    • Tuesday, March 6 – Sustaining our Community
    • Tuesday, March 13 – Education
    • Tuesday, March 20 – Military
    • Tuesday, March 27 – Government
    • Tuesday, April 3 – Class Feedback and Graduation
  • Optional participation in CLS Alumni events scheduled throughout the year.


Frequently Asked Questions

CLS 2016 Curriculum Overview (example)

Past Classes

Operating Committee

Lead Greater Williamsburg & Community Leadership Service
421 North Boundary Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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