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The Class of 2019 Application Period is now closed. 

Program Information

Participation in LEAD Greater Williamsburg requires a serious commitment of time and energy. 

The program consists of:

  • A welcome reception, class orientation, and an overnight two-day retreat, to learn more about the program’s objectives, community issues, and to develop team spirit and camaraderie.
  • Eight full-day-long sessions (second Thursdays from October - May) addressing topics of community interest and concern, including:
    • Familiarization Tour
    • History, Culture & Media
    • Courts and Public Safety
    • Local Government, Mock City Council & Budget Exercise
    • General Assembly (Extra Session in January)
    • Health and Human Services and the Faith-Based Community
    • Pre-K – 12 and Higher Education
    • Economic Drivers: Business and Military
    • Environment and Urbanization
  • Some preparation prior to selected sessions.
  • A class project that will require at least 40-60 additional hours, outside regular class time.
  • A final-day evaluation and graduation.
  • Optional social events may be scheduled throughout the year.


Class size is limited to 25-35 participants. Selection is made by a Chamber of Commerce-appointed committee that considers candidates who represent a cross-section of community sectors: business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations, and ethnic and minority groups that reflect the diversity of the community.

Each candidate must have a demonstrated or clearly expressed interest in community service.

Each candidate and his or her employer or sponsor must pledge to the time commitment.

Applicants who are not accepted for a particular class may reapply.


The enrollment fee for the Class of 2019 is $1,200 for Chamber members and $1,500 for non-Alliance members. This covers all sessions, meals, and the retreat.

A limited number of partial scholarships, tuition assistance, and/or payment plans may be available for participants from small business, non-profit organizations, or self-sponsored individuals.


The application period for the Class of 2019 is now closed. Classes are held every other year. Applications for the next class will be available online or from the Chamber office beginning January 2020. 

For more information call Bob Hershberger, LEAD Greater Williamsburg program coordinator, 757-220-2892

Download the Program Brochure

LEAD Greater Williamsburg & Community Leadership Service 

Encouraging, Enriching, and Supporting Community Leaders in Greater Williamsburg

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