LEAD Signature Class of 2018


LEAD Hampton Roads connects established and emerging leaders through a nine-month program to study the region’s key issues, build lifelong networks and develop innovative leadership strategies.

Recognized as one of the country’s premier leadership programs with the 2004 Preceptor Award from the International Community Leadership Association, we are the region’s oldest and largest leadership network. This allows us to bring together seasoned leaders from across Hampton Roads and provide unique avenues for cooperation, innovative problem solving and the development of lasting professional and civic relationships. Our program focuses leaders on key issues that impact Hampton Roads and its position in the state, the nation and the global economy. We support our leaders to act from a sense of well-being for the region to create a momentum for action through the extensive networking and collaboration across our region’s 17 communities.

LEAD Hampton Roads has proven to help build and strengthen regional leadership through education, partnerships and networking across traditional boundaries for the purpose of improving the quality of life in greater Hampton Roads.

Class of 2018 Calendar

  • Orientation & Welcome Reception: Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.
  • Opening Retreat: October 19-20, 2017 overnight at an out-of-town location. (Mandatory)
  • Monthly seminars:  Third Thursday of each month; November through April; 8:00am – 6:00 pm at locations around the region
  • Trip to the General Assembly: Wednesday, January 24, 2018; 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Closing Retreat: May 10, 2018 9:00-6:00pm (in region)
  • Graduation Celebration: TBA
  • Approximately 2-3 hours each month outside of monthly seminars for class community project.
  • Upon graduation, you are asked to participate in the LEAD onBoard (formerly the Board Partnership Initiative), where you will be placed on a board for 8 months as a nonvoting representative of LEAD.

How Do I Apply?

Applications are available now! Please download and complete the application and send it, along with your resume and Issues Analysis, to:

LEAD Hampton Roads | 500 E. Main St. Suite 700 | Norfolk, VA 23510

or by email attachment to:

Debbie McMullen | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Nominations for the Class of 2018:

We are also currently accepting nominations for the Class of 2018 (including Self-Nominations). If interested, please download and complete the official Nomination Form and return to Debbie McMullen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Nominees will receive an invitation and all necessary information to apply to the program. 

 For more information please contact Debbie McMullen at 757.664.2516 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .