Leadership Arlington Program

Leadership Arlington Program

Class of 2019


Early Bird Application Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018, 5:00pm

Final Application Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2018, 5:00pm

Each year, approximately 50 leaders are selected to participate in the Leadership Arlington Program. To begin your application, please follow the link at the bottom of this page. Please learn about Leadership Arlington, including the required time commitment and tuition fee, before applying. The Class of 2019 program days will take place on the following dates:

Opening Retreat

September 13-14, 2018

Attendance is mandatory

Arlington County "The Sum of the Parts"
Skill: Communication
October 11, 2018
Economic Development
Skill: Negotiation
November 8, 2018
Health and Human Services
Skill: Collaboration
December 13, 2018
The Arts
Skill: Facilitation
January 10, 2019
Trip to the Richmond General Assembly
Skill: Enabling Change
January 28, 2019
Public Safety and Justice
Skill: Conflict Resolution
February 21, 2019
Skill: Mentoring
March 14, 2019
Skill: Visioning
April 11, 2019
Closing Retreat
Skill: Reflection
May 9, 2019
Graduation Dinner May 22, 2019


All applicants must:

  • Show evidence of leadership in the workplace, community or both.
  • Be willing to commit the required time to Leadership Arlington (program days and study group).
  • Be committed to using their leadership skills and knowledge for the long-term benefit of the region.
  • Have a commitment to developing leaders in the region.


The Leadership Arlington Program includes a day of learning once a month. Program days typically take place on a weekday from 8:00am to 5:30pm. Participants are expected to attend all sessions, including the opening retreat, which is mandatory. No more than two full-day excused absences are permitted during the nine-month program. Any participant who has an unexcused absence, fails to attend the opening retreat or misses more than two monthly sessions will be asked to withdraw from the program.


Tuition for the Leadership Arlington Program is $5,250. Limited scholarships are available where need is adequately demonstrated (see below). The total tuition includes the following expenses for the initial Leadership Arlington year:

  • Class year program days (attendance is required).
  • One ticket to the 2018 Homecoming Event (attendance is encouraged, but not required).
  • One ticket to the 2019 Black & White Ball event (attendance is encouraged, but not required).
  • Access to Leadership Center for Excellence's online membership directory.

Leadership Center for Excellence accepts checks, VISA, MasterCard and American Express. Payment plans may be arranged upon request to be completed by January 31, 2019.


Leadership Center for Excellence encourages qualified candidates to apply to the Leadership Arlington Program regardless of financial status. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Candidates interested in applying for financial assistance should submit a one-page document with the amount requested and rationale behind the request. Requests must be submitted with your application and emailed to apps@leadercenter.org.

The selection process is “need-blind” and all scholarship requests will remain confidential.


Leadership Center for Excellence will be hosting three informational sessions for the Leadership Arlington Class of 2019 this spring:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
7:30am to 9:00am

Friday, March 23, 2018
7:30am to 9:00am

RSVP: If you would like to attend an information session to learn about the Leadership Arlington Program, please register online at http://leadercenter.org/programs/leadership-arlington/ or contact Liz Nohra at lnohra@leadercenter.org.

In order to apply, you must create an online registration. Click here to create an account and then fill out the application. At any time, you may save your application and return to it at a later time. 

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