2015 Memorial Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Christine Kennedy, Executive Director
Strengthening individuals for personal, organizational and community leadership.
Leadership Lynchburg is a dynamic leadership organization with a long and reputable history –beginning in 1977 with its first class.
Since that time, we’ve graduated more than 1,500 leaders who have taken their new and expanded skills back to the community and their businesses and expanded beyond a single program to offer a wide array of programming to meet the needs of our region.
Leadership Lynchburg offers a flagship program for emerging and high potential leaders, a youth program centered on entrepreneurship and work skills, alumni programming, one-day seminars and an executive leadership forum for seasoned leaders.
Target Audience: Alumni
Average Size: Not Applicable
Leadership Lynchburg’s Alumni Programming offers continued access to community leaders and organizations while expanding your personal network. With social and educational events, alumni are invited to inspiring and informative events to help grow deeper roots as a community leader and foster community engagement.
In 2002, the Leadership Lynchburg Alumni Association (LLAA) was formed to continue the growth and professional development opportunities found in the program and to provide an avenue for graduate volunteer service, class recruiting, and networking. Alumni also fill the role of consultants to current class members. This includes oversight and expertise to the class members in planning and carrying out each session of the program.
Target Audience: Executive
Average Size: Less than 20
Tuition: $3500 - $5000
he Leadership Lynchburg Executive Forum provides the highest level of leadership training and progressive practices of effective leadership to seasoned leaders, whether they are graduates of our Flagship program, c-suite executives or managers of people looking to increase their positive influence in the workplace.
Who: No more than 10 members from a variety of community sectors. Ideal candidates have had some experience in leadership/management (of people) and are looking for a confidential brain trust to explore common leadership/management themes. You don’t have to be at the Executive Table to participate. Rather, you’ve been in a position of leadership/management long enough to experience some “issues” and have enough to contribute to the group discussions.
What: Forum participants engage in challenging discussion groups, peer coaching and thought provoking sessions fostering continued leadership development. Participants provide a “brain trust” for each other on common leadership and business issues while receiving support in achieving their individual goals and outcomes.
Target Audience: Young Professional
Average Size: 30 - 40
Tuition: $750 - $1000
Our flagship program immerses the aspiring or emerging leader, manager or first time supervisor in a nine-month study and practical application program on community leadership. Through monthly sessions, participants learn from top leaders in our region, study and solve pressing community issues, all while developing their personal leadership skills. Participants walk away with increased self awareness, leadership acumen, life-long connections and an increased commitment to volunteerism and civic engagement.
Target Audience: Youth
Average Size: Less than 20
Tuition: Less than $500
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) teaches middle and high school go-getters how to start and run their own, REAL businesses.
Celebrating the Spirit of Enterprise and Innovation
Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! has helped more than 4,000 students nationwide launch over 3,000 businesses and social movements.
Make a Job—Don’t Just Take a Job!
YEA! guides students through the process of fulfilling their very own American dream. By bridging the business and educational communities students are taught by trained instructors, and are exposed to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs and mentors. Over the course of the program, students:
Brainstorm business ideas
Write a business plan
Interact with business professionals
Attend field trips for an behind-the-scenes look at local businesses
Pitch their business plan to local investors for startup funding and the opportunity to advance to regional and national competitions.
Legally register their businesses
Participate in a local YEA! Trade Show
Launch and run their own business or social movement
Graduate from the program with lifelong leadership and business skills
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