What inspired you to form Leadership Fairfax?
Community leadership development programs were formed all over the country in the 80s in response to a new understanding that leaders could in fact be developed (as opposed to being born) and that in order to have a strong and sustainable community it takes leaders from the public, nonprofit and private sectors working together.
How long has your company been serving the community?
Can you highlight a few leadership projects that have improved a community?
I would first like to note that we run three experiential programs: Leadership Fairfax Institute (LFI) for senior leaders who want to continue to grow and augment their leadership journey by learning about the issues in the community; Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) for people who are just starting to manage people and projects and is more skill focused but participants execute a project submitted by a nonprofit to learn about giving back; and Lifetime Leaders Program (LLP) is for people who are retiring and want to learn about options for their next chapter ie. volunteering, joining a board, part-time work or starting a social enterprise.
Any upcoming events you'd like to highlight?
We are in the middle of the recruiting season for our programs that begin in September and run one full day a month through June. We have two upcoming information sessions where people can learn more about them to determine if they are a good fit. We host information sessions and webinars for folks to learn more about us. Information can be found on our website but upcoming sessions are scheduled for: Monday, 5/6/19 12:00-1:00 Informational Webinar; and Tuesday, 5/7/19, 5:30-7:00 Live Information Session, Leadership Fairfax Office 8230 Old Courthouse Rd., Vienna, VA 22182.
Is there a way for our members to become involved?
Chamber members can enroll in one of our programs, attend our signature events or simply engage in the community to make it the best it can possibly be for all Fairfax County residents. If they are doing this work they are sure to run into many of our 2000 alums.
How do the elected officials support your mission?
We are so grateful that our elected officials partner with us on a regular basis. They know that our alums “get it” and are trained community leaders with a broad perspective. To that end they look to us to fill critical seats on Boards, Authorities, Commissions and Task Forces. Each spring we host a Board of Supervisors Breakfast that is both informative and fun. We call it a “peak under the tent into the daily lives of the supervisors” and attendees really do get to know them at a deeper level.
Contact info: Karen@leadershipfairfax.org 703.752.7555 www.leadershipfairfax.org