apply to an upcoming lead program

The LEAD fee is $5,200 for 2023 and $5,500 for 2024. The fee includes lodging, most meals, and instructional materials. A 10% discount is available for members of the Virginia Institute of Government. Payment in full is due one month before the start of the program. View the program page for the cancellation policy.

September 16 - 22, 2023 (waitlist only)
November 11 - 17, 2023 (waitlist only)
March 2 - 8, 2024
April 6 - 12, 2024
May 4 - 10, 2024

complete the LEAD Application

Please complete the application below. On the application form, include your first and second choice of program dates. Since programs fill up quickly, you may be placed on a waiting list.

If a representative from your organization instructed you to apply, you may already have a place reserved for you. Please fill out the application, and we will let you know if you have been accepted to a class.


  • You will need to complete the application in one sitting – you cannot save your application or start now and finish later.
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If you have questions about the LEAD program or would like to learn more, please contact Shirley Hamblet. Email: (preferred) | Office: 434-243-5031 | Cell: 727-744-0573