The SIGNATURE Program

The SIGNATURE Program is our premier program designed for experienced leaders seeking to expand their circles of influence, their knowledge of the inner working of Hampton Roads and their opportunities to serve.

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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

 
 

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.

 

Calendar

  • 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

  • Monthly Seminars:

    • 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 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.

CLASS OF 2020 | APPLICATION INFORMATION

LEAD Hampton Roads connects, challenges, and inspires regional leaders to serve as catalysts for a world- class community.

Participants from diverse backgrounds gain expanded knowledge of our community, develop lasting relationships and enhance skills to assume a more active and effective leadership role in addressing community needs. Due to program demand, it may take more than one application year to be selected. Your application will be reviewed in confidence by the selection committee of the LEAD Board of Trustees.

CRITERIA

LEAD Hampton Roads is an issues and skills-oriented leadership development program designed to inform, motivate and increase the awareness of selected participants through interaction with community decision- makers and behind the scenes experiences. Members are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Record of achievement in community activities and a desire to increase community involvement

  • The ability to set and attain goals as demonstrated by significant career, personal and community achievement

  • The commitment of necessary time and effort to complete the program

  • A commitment to serving the regional community

Applications are confidential. To assist in selecting a class that reflects the diversity of the community, you are asked to specify your gender, race and/or ethnicity.

Calendar & Attendance Expectations

To graduate, participants are expected to attend all sessions in their entirety. The opening retreat is mandatory. In the event of an emergency, participants may miss time equal to one and one half day (excluding the retreat) during the year without jeopardizing their participation. If more than 2 sessions are missed, the participant may be asked to withdraw. Anyone who misses the opening retreat will be required to withdraw from the class and will not receive a tuition refund. Days are 8:00 am-6:00 pm, unless noted:

1. State of the Region Address | October 1, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM; orientation to immediately follow

2. Opening Retreat | October 17-18, 2019; overnight at a conference site. (Mandatory)

3. Alumni Welcome | November 14, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

4. Monthly Seminars | SECOND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH, November 2019 through April 2020; 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM at locations around the region

5. Enrichment Session: Trip to the General Assembly | Thursday, January 23, 2020; 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM

6. Closing Retreat | May 21, 2020 (in region); 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

7. Graduation Celebration |May 28, 2020

YOU WILL RECEIVE CONFIRMATION OF APPLICATION RECEIPT BY EMAIL

Application Deadline: September 06, 2019

To submit your application, please send to: LEAD Hampton Roads, 500 East Main Street, Suite 700, Norfolk, VA 23510 or by email to Angela Blackwell Carter at acarter@hrchamber.com

PHONE (757) 664-2528 | acarter@hrchamber.com

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I understand the purpose of the LEAD Hampton Roads program, and if selected, I will devote the time and resources necessary to complete the program. This includes attendance at each of the 10-hour program days. Although emergencies do arise, any participant who has not met the minimum attendance requirement for whatever reason may be dropped from the program with no tuition refunded. I understand the above commitments and agree in signing this application to be bound by them (electronic signature accepted). *
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For more information or to apply to our Leadership Programs, please contact

Angela Blackwell carter, M.Ed. Executive Director, LEAD Hampton Roads, Vice President, Leadership Development Hampton Roads Chamber

desk: (757) 664-2528   |   acarter@hrchamber.com

Application deadline for the Signature Class of 2020 is

September 06, 2019

 

eXcel Leadership Academy

eXcel Leadership Academy is a program of LEAD Hampton Roads, the region's oldest and largest business leadership organization. eXcel provides a "behind-the-scenes introduction to the real world" and training to our regions rising high school juniors and seniors.

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eXcel Leadership Academy inspires students to lead providing development tools, opportunities and experiences that introduce them to the rich diversity and opportunity of our region. We assist students in creating a vision of themselves as the future leaders of Hampton Roads.

 

The 2019 program takes place July 16 - 19, 2019 from 9 AM - 5 PM.
Students will begin and end each day at the Hampton Roads Chamber, located in downtown Norfolk. They will visit sites across Hampton Roads traveling together by bus.

 
 
 
 

Leadership components

eXcel is built on the leadership concepts and training used in the LEAD Hampton Roads Signature program which has provided leadership development  for regional leaders for over 30 years. These concepts and experiences are modified to engage emerging teen leaders.

The 5 Practices of Leadership: Based on the research of James Kouzes and Barry Posner, students will study 5 basic behaviors that are fundamental to effective leadership.

Appreciative Inquiry: Based on the work of Dr. David Cooperrider of Case Western Reserve University, Appreciative Inquiry is an innovative and positive approach to personal and organizational growth and improvement.

 
 
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Life Skills

eXcel provides opportunities  to examine and reflect on personal behavioral styles and interpersonal skills which are fundamental to success in all areas of life.

I-Sight: Adapted from the work of Dr. William Marsh who studied observable behavior within distinct environments, I-Sight is the “youth version” of the DiSC which is widely used within organizations to:

  1. Learn to understand oneself better

  2. Get along better with others

  3. Recognize and develop personal strengths. Students will understand their particular style and be able to recognize differing behavioral styles in others, resulting in improved interaction and teamwork.

Real World Wisdom: Students will participate in engaging conversations on techniques and opportunities to excel in the "real world" with business leaders and young professionals.

 
 

past experiences

eXcel takes students behind the scenes for tours and activities focusing on leadership styles and environments. Past experiences throughout the region have included:

  • Leadership in the Military: Tour and lunch on an aircraft carrier

  • Leadership as an Elected Official: Visit to Chesapeake City Council with Mayor West

  • Leadership in Media: Conversations with media professionals, tour of ABC13/WVEC

  • Leadership in Sports: Tour of Harbor Park/Tides

  • Leadership in the Arts: Tours of museums and entertainment venues

  • Entrepreneurship: Visit to HATCH, a start up accelerator

  • Graduation at the Slover Library


SCHEDULE

The 2019 program takes place July 16 - 19, 2019 from 9 AM - 5 PM. Students will begin and end each day at the Hampton Roads Chamber, located in downtown Norfolk. They will visit sites across Hampton Roads, traveling together by bus.

 

TUITION

 Tuition is $300 and includes materials, transportation during the sessions and lunch and snacks each day. Limited financial aid is available.


eXcel LEADership Academy is coordinated and facilitated by: Angela Blackwell Carter, MEd, Executive Director, LEAD Hampton Roads, Vice President, Hampton Roads Chamber, and business and education leaders from across the region.  

Academic Partner:  Old Dominion University Strome College of Business

 
 

For QUESTIONS OR more information please contact

Alexis Epps,  Program Coordinator, lead Hampton Roads
Hampton Roads Chamber

desk: (757) 664-2528   |   acarter@hrchamber.com

 
 
For more information, contact Angela Blackwell Carter at (757) 664-2528 or  acarter@hrchamber.com

For more information, contact Angela Blackwell Carter at (757) 664-2528 or acarter@hrchamber.com

LEAD OnBoard

LEADOnBoard, created by the Class of 2001, has matched hundreds of our graduates with boards across the region. Soon we will welcome our 31st Class of 50 skilled leaders who are prepared to take their places as LHR Board Partners.

Eligible boards have LEAD alumni as members and/or staff. We invite you to engage the boards you serve on in this initiative. 

 

LAUNCH30

OUR LAUNCH30 PROGRAM IS FOR HIGH-POTENTIAL YOUNG PROFESSIONALS 21-29 YEARS OF AGE, THIS SKILLS-BASED PROGRAM PROVIDES INTENSIVE TRAINING FROM OUR REGION'S FINEST EDUCATORS AND PRACTITIONERS AND EXPERIENCE IN SELECTING AND EXECUTING A COMMUNITY PROJECT.

 

 

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LAUNCH30 is a program of LEAD Hampton Roads, the region’s oldest and largest business leadership organization. Designed to attract, engage and retain our region’s next generation of leaders, the curriculum is skill-based while introducing participants to the rich opportunity in Hampton Roads.

 

The experience will provide a dynamic and innovative addition to our region’s efforts to retain high-performing young people. 

 
 
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Participants will:

  • Experience our region from “Behind the Scenes”
  • Identify and enhance basic leadership skills, including how to lead change
  • Learn how to navigate multigenerational workplaces and organizations
  • Enhance presentation, fundraising and networking skills
  • Be matched with a community board as an intern for a 12 month
 

Schedule

One full-day retreat plus 5 sessions 3:30-6:30 PM

Each session will take place in a venue of interest to young professionals, with opportunities to tour and meet CEO’s. 

 

tuition

$1500 to include leadership development materials and self-assessments; tours; refreshments and graduation recognition. Limited financial aid available. 

 

For more information or to apply to our Leadership Programs, please contact

Alexis Epps, Program Coordinator, lead Hampton Roads
Hampton Roads Chamber

desk: (757) 664-2529   |   aepps@hrchamber.com

 

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