- Am I eligible?
Leadership Metro Richmond candidates are required to demonstrate leadership ability and a commitment to their community. You must live or work within the Richmond region, which includes Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, and Richmond. There is no age, academic, or career requirement to apply.
- How can I apply?
Applications for the Class of 2020 are now closed. Applications for the Class of 2021 will open on February 24, 2020.
- What is the selection criteria?
Leadership Metro Richmond seeks individuals with a record of participation in the community through past and present community activities. This could be demonstrated through leadership or followership in an employment organization, recognition for community involvement and advancement, and/or evidence of commitment to staying in the Richmond region. The selection committee is searching for individuals who are contributing to inclusive community representation and engaging in opportunities to serve the greater good of those around them as well as those that will follow in years to come.
- How many participants are selected?
Between 65 and 70 community leaders from the for-profit, non-profit, grassroots and government sectors are chosen to participate in Leadership Quest each year.
- What are the expectations of those selected?
All accepted Leadership Quest class members must provide written support from their corporation, organization or association of employment to participate. The opening and mid-year retreats which take place in September and January respectively are mandatory events. The remaining months from October through June will include a full seminar day on the first Wednesday of the month from 8:30AM - 5:00PM. The locations will change month to month, as will the topics covered. The attendance policy strictly prohibits more than 2 absences from seminar days throughout the program, which includes late arrivals and early departures. Undivided attention and interactive participation is expected from every class member as well as dedication to your immersion group project.
- What is an immersion group project?
Class members will be assigned to an immersion group, giving them an opportunity to dive deeper into a regional issue of their choosing. This experience allows class members to form stronger bonds with their classmates while also opening them up to new possibilities for the role they can play in making systemic changes and developing long-term solutions to regional challenges. Click here to learn more.
- Describe a typical seminar day.
Each seminar day will cover one leadership topic as well as one regional issue. Continental breakfast begins at 8:00AM and each seminar begins at 8:30AM sharp. Expect guest speakers and panelists who are experts in their field. Lunch is supplied and the class is given short breaks throughout the day to stretch their legs, re-hydrate, and re-energize. Click here for a sample seminar day schedule. Please note that every seminar day is structured a bit differently and the seminar topics change from year to year based upon the interests of the class as identified in their application essays.
- How much does it cost to participate?
The cost of tuition for the Class of 2021 is $4,000. Please note that this is subject to change for future program participants. For more information on financing your participation, click here.
- Are there scholarships available?
Scholarships are available. Applications for scholarship consideration must be turned in along with your Leadership Quest application. Only those accepted into the program will be considered to receive a scholarship. For more information on the various scholarship available, click here.
Talking to Your Employer
Among the many reasons why participation in Leadership Quest is a great investment, here are a few that may be most important to your employer:
- This program will not only prepare you for the next steps in your career but also the next steps for your organization.
- The leadership skills strengthened through these seminars will not only help to increase productivity but also impact your organization’s bottom line.
- Building your awareness around the challenges our region is facing will help you to identify various ways in which your organization can engage more deeply in the local community.
- Surrounding yourself with a diverse group of local leaders will help generate fresh ideas and innovative solutions to the issues your organization may be facing.
- In growing your network, you are also establishing new connections for your organization as well as expanding your circle of influence.
- Upon completion of the program, you will gain access to additional opportunities to stay up-to-date on local issues and to connect with past, present, and future leaders from across the region.