Leadership Arlington Program

Leadership Arlington Program

Class of 2020 Application

Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Each year, approximately 50 established, senior-level leaders are selected to participate in LCE’s Leadership Arlington nine-month, nationally recognized program. Participants can expect a transformative experience that exposes them to critical community issues while expanding their leadership capacity. Leadership Arlington engages leaders to become committed to social, civil and economic health of our community. Participants will grow their network through their classmates and the 1,500 Alumni who have graduated from LCE programs.


“Leadership Arlington is developing and connecting the civic entrepreneurs who are pulling the county together and moving it forward.”

-Lyles Carr, Senior VP, The McCormick Group

“By bringing together leaders in the community, Leadership Arlington continues to make a strong contribution to the overall health of our region.”

-Jim Cole, President & CEO, Virginia Hospital Center

“Leadership Arlington promotes meaningful diversity by uniting leaders of all imaginable backgrounds who are committed to taking Americans to new heights.  It always strikes me as unique and profoundly powerful that collaborations which result from participation in Leadership Arlington have only one common denominator – that there is no common denominator among the participants – different races, different business perspectives, different income levels, different educational levels all coming together to improve this community.”

-Christian Dorsey, Chair, Arlington County Board


  • A deeper, behind-the-scenes understanding of the Arlington community as it relates to the region and state
  • Opportunities to be face-to-face with key community decision-makers
  • New insights into leadership practices
  • Close bonds with classmates and joining a network of 1,500 LCE graduates
  • Richer awareness of the role of diversity in our community


Senior and executive leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  While there are no residency requirements, ideal candidates seek to greatly expand their knowledge of Arlington and are willing to commit fully to the program.


Leadership Arlington begins with a two day Opening Retreat, foundational to the program. The mandatory Opening Retreat is followed by monthly program days held from 8:00am to 5:30pm. Participants are expected to attend all scheduled program days and are allowed a maximum of two excused absences over the nine-month program.

In addition to the once-a-month program days, the class will work in smaller teams to research and present their findings on a community related issue. Time outside of scheduled program days is required for team work.

The Class of 2020 program dates are:

  • Thursday and Friday, September 12-13, 2019 (Opening Retreat)
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Sunday and Monday, January 26-27, 2020
  • Thursday February 13, 2020
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 (Closing Retreat and Graduation)


Through the program, participants develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of how the community works, meet with the key stakeholders impacting these issues, and learn to leverage their networks and resources to ensure the success of Arlington.  The Leadership Arlington program is a master class in Arlington, investigated through the lens of the following topics:

  • Economic Development
  • Local and State Government
  • Arts and Culture
  • Health and Human Services
  • Public Safety & Justice
  • Education
  • Diversity of Neighborhoods

Tuition for Leadership Arlington is $5,400.

Tuition covers program day materials, meals, retreats and member and event benefits during the program year. Tuition is payable by check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Payment plans may be arranged upon request to be completed by January 31, 2020.


Leadership Center for Excellence encourages qualified candidates to apply to Leadership Arlington regardless of financial status. Leadership Arlington provides limited and partial scholarships to nonprofit and small business executives.

Candidates interested in applying for financial assistance should submit a one-page document with the amount requested and an explanation of need. Requests must be submitted with your application and emailed to apps@leadercenter.org. All scholarship requests remain confidential.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS (Deadline: April 30, 2019, 5:00 pm)

All application materials  may be downloaded and completed at leadercenter.org/leadership-arlington.

  • Applicant must meet the criteria found under the heading “Who Should Apply”.
  • Application fee of $100 to be paid online or remitted via check (payable to Leadership Center for Excellence).
  • Application has been completed online and submitted along with supporting materials by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
  •  “Statement of Support” has been signed and submitted by the applicant’s supervisor (unless the candidate is self-employed).
  • “Statement of Commitment” has been electronically signed by the applicant (as part of the online application process).
  • If applicable, “Scholarship Request” has been emailed to apps@leadercenter.org.

If Accepted:

  • Tuition of $5,400 is due July 12, 2019 unless other arrangements have been made with Liz Nohra, COO.
  • Mandatory attendance at the Opening Retreat, September 12 & 13, 2019.

Leadership Center for Excellence will notify all applicants by June 7, 2019.


Leadership Center for Excellence will host informational sessions for the prospective Leadership Arlington Class of 2020. Check leadercenter.org for dates or email Liz Nohra, COO, at lnohra@leadercenter.org.

Founded as Leadership Arlington in 1998, Leadership Center for Excellence (LCE) is a vibrant, growing organization committed to enlightening, inspiring and connecting leaders through community building and leadership development. LCE has an alumni network of over 1,500 leadership program graduates who represent more than 600 regional organizations.

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.

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