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Call for Applications: Leadership West Virginia Class of 2019

Call for Applications: Leadership West Virginia Class of 2019

Are you an experienced leader in your industry or community and looking for opportunities to make a statewide impact or expand your professional network? Are you passionate about West Virginia issues and looking to strengthen your leadership skills?

Leadership West Virginia is made for you!

Now in its 27th year, Leadership West Virginia is an innovative program that grows, engages and mobilizes leaders to ignite a lifelong passion to move West Virginia forward.

The cultivation of new leadership is important to West Virginia’s future prosperity and progress. Leadership West Virginia works to develop and motivate a cross-section of leaders who will use their talents and abilities to inspire others and to foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm, and vitality throughout the state.

Each year a class of around 50 leaders is selected to participate in the program. Those selected must have demonstrated skills and experience in civic activities and in their professional careers. Although the selected participants will be from different regions, have varied professional backgrounds and possess diverse talents, they all must have one common characteristic – an abiding interest in the future of West Virginia.

The program consists of eight monthly two-day educational sessions beginning in March. Each of the sessions is conducted in a different community and addresses key subjects and critical issues facing West Virginia.

At each session, recognized authorities – practitioners, teachers, entrepreneurs, professionals, and analysts – provide information and insight into the selected topic. A variety of views is presented on each topic, and visits are made to local sites to reinforce, through observation and practical experience, the subject matter of the program.

Participants must be committed to the program and accept the demands of the eight-month schedule, and attendance is mandatory for graduation.

Now with over 1,300 graduates of the program, Leadership West Virginia alumni are continuing to be engaged in a variety of efforts inventing a bright future for the Mountain State.

Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2018, to be considered. Visit to nominate a colleague or apply for the program. Self-nominations are accepted. Tuition for the 2019 class is $3,000 and scholarships are available. Please contact Executive Director, Pam Farris for more information at

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