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.

applications for the Class of 2020 will be available April 1st, 2019.


the purpose

  • 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.

who participates

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.


the experience

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.

Topics include:

  • Education

  • Transportation/Infrastructure

  • Arts, Culture and Tourism

  • Our Governmental Framework

  • Economic Development

  • The Military Presence and Quality of Life.



  • Orientation and Alumni Welcome Reception: October 11, 2018, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Opening Retreat: October 18 - 19, 2018: overnight at an out of town location. (Mandatory)

  • Monthly Seminars:

    • Third 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, 2019, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Closing Retreat: May 16, 2019

  • Graduation Celebration: May 30, 2019

  • 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 2019 must submit an application packageA 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

  • Resume

  • 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.