Leadership Mount Vernon Lee

Leadership Mount Vernon Lee equips this region’s top talent with an understanding of how decisions are made, how complex policies are shaped, and how to influence meaningful change in our community.

Business leaders and those in social service, health, religious, military, education, cultural arts, and government organizations who are committed to making our community the best place to live, work and to do business are invited to apply.

Applications for the Class of 2021-2022 are now open.


Under the guidance of the faculty at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, participants will learn about leadership, management, conflict resolution, managing change, and character-based decision making inspired by the life of George Washington.


Key community leaders will be invited to speak to your class to help you understand the complexities of the current issues that face our community. Experts will present an in-depth look at the issues and you will have the opportunity to explore these challenges, as well as effective solutions.

​Connections That Matter

You will develop a personal and professional network of those who care about our community. Not only will you personally know the key people in our community, you will also establish among your fellow Leadership Class members many enduring professional relationships and friendships.

​Your Commitment

When you join Leadership Mount Vernon Lee, you are committing to attend all nine program sessions. Classes will be from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm each program day, at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.

The Leadership class provided a great opportunity to network and learn more about the community through the eyes of local officials and small business owners. Highly recommended!
Nicole Ryan
Leader of Business Enterprise
George Mason’s Gunston Hall

This leadership class was excellent, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is passionate about leading people.

Jonathan T. Bryant

Second Lieutenant
Fairfax County Police Department

I highly recommend this program for anyone looking to learn about the inner workings of our regions/county’s big picture operations and challenges.  It was definitely time well spent.

Lyssa Seward, The Seward Group

Vice President, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Class Schedule

SEPTEMBER 23, 11:00 am to 4 pm – Leadership Skills and Professional Development

OCTOBER 28, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Building Our Community

NOVEMBER 17, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Transportation

DECEMBER 16, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Public Safety and Social Justice

JANUARY 27, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Helping the Most Vulnerable: Affordable Housing and Social Services

FEBRUARY 24, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm – Visit the General Assembly in Richmond

MARCH 24, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Education and Workforce Training

APRIL 21, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Economic Development

MAY 26, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Cultural and Historic Assets

May 26, 4:00 pm – Graduation

Program Costs and Benefits

The cost for the Leadership Program is:

  • $2,200 for the general public
  • $1,850 for Mount Vernon Lee Chamber members
  • $1,550 for government and Non-profit organizations.

Tuition covers all program costs, George Washington’s Mount Vernon admissions, lunch, program materials, networking reception after class, Leadership Profile and personal evaluation.