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 will open in March 2021.


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.

Class Schedule

OCTOBER 14, 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM – Leadership Skills and Development

NOVEMBER 19, 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM – Building our Community

DECEMBER 17, 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM – Transportation

JANUARY 12, 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM – Public Safety and Social Justice

FEBRUARY 18, 8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM – Visit the General Assembly in Richmond

MARCH 18, 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM – Education and Workforce Training

APRIL 15, 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM – Economic Development

MAY 20, 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM – Cultural and Historic Assets

June TBD – Graduation

Program Costs and Benefits

The cost for the Leadership Program is $2,400 for the general public, $1,950 for Mount Vernon Lee Chamber members, and $1,750 for government and Non-profit organizations. This covers all program costs, lunch, program materials, networking reception after class, Leadership Profile and personal evaluation.