Brings together proven leaders from across the region and provides unique avenues for cooperation, innovative problem solving and the development of lasting professional and civic relationships.
The class begins in October and ends with annual BRAVO! graduation in May.
application deadline for the signature Class of 2020 is
September 06, 2019
Focuses leaders on key issues that impact Hampton Roads and its position in the state, the nation and the global economy.
Supports leaders in developing and acting from a sense of personal responsibility for the well being of the region and creates momentum for action.
Encourages the development of innovative leadership strategies.
Fosters the development of extensive networking and collaboration across our region’s 17 communities.
Leaders with a regional perspective and recognized for excellence in their professions and civic life. Approximately 50 established professionals from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors will be selected.
Monthly issue oriented seminars offer opportunities to experience the region at work behind the scenes, explore innovative solutions to pressing issues with the region’s top decision makers, and hone your leadership style.
Arts, Culture and Tourism
Our Governmental Framework
The Military Presence and Quality of Life.
Orientation: State of the Region Address; October 1, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM; orientation to immediately follow
Opening Retreat: October 17 - 18, 2019: overnight at an out of town location. (Mandatory)
Alumni Welcome: November 14, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Second Thursday of each month
November 2018 through April 2019
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM at locations around the region
Enrichment Session: Trip to the General Assembly; January 23, 2020, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Closing Retreat: May 14, 2020
Graduation Celebration: May 28, 2020
Approximately 2-3 hours each month outside of monthly sessions for class community project.
Upon graduation, you are asked to participate in LEADOnBoard, where you will be placed on a board for 8 months as a non- voting representative of LEAD.
How to apply
Candidates for 2020 must submit an application package. A committee of LEAD Trustees will select a class that reflects the rich diversity (age, profession, ethnicity, city, etc.) of the region.
A completed packet must include:
Signature Program Application
Essay on several regional issues of your choice
Tuition of $3,300 is due upon acceptance. Credit cards accepted. Payment plans may be arranged upon request. Limited Scholarships are available upon written request.