Frequently Asked Questions
- Am I eligible?
Leadership Metro Richmond candidates are required to demonstrate leadership ability and a commitment to their community. You must live or work within the Richmond region, which includes Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, and Richmond. There is no age, academic, or career requirement to apply. All accepted Leadership Quest class members must provide written support from their corporation, organization, or association of employment to participate.
- How can I apply?
The online application for the Class of 2025 opens on Monday, February 26, 2024. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. The application for partial scholarships is included in the online program application.
- What are the selection criteria?
Leadership Metro Richmond recruits individuals with the potential to positively impact our region. This is evidenced by their previous and current leadership experience, understanding of the importance of community engagement, and an awareness of the region’s key issues. The recruitment and selection committee seeks diverse individuals who will engage in opportunities to serve our region, thus improving the quality of life for all today and in the years to come.
- How many participants are selected?
Between 65 and 70 community leaders from diverse business sectors are chosen to participate in Leadership Quest each year.
- What are the expectations of those selected?
All accepted Leadership Quest class members must provide written support from their corporation, organization, or association of employment to participate. Please review the detailed program schedule listed within the important dates section. The attendance policy strictly prohibits more than 2 full-day (or 4 half-day) absences from seminar days throughout the program, which includes late arrivals and early departures. You can view the program calendar here. Undivided attention and interactive participation are expected from every class member as well as dedication to your immersion team project.
- What is an immersion team project?
Class members will be assigned to an immersion team, allowing them to dive deeper into a chosen regional issue. This experience allows class members to form stronger bonds with classmates while opening them up to new possibilities for the role they could play in making systemic changes and developing long-term solutions to regional challenges. You can read more about the immersion experience here.
- Describe a typical seminar day.
Each seminar day will cover one leadership topic or regional issue. Expect guest speakers and panelists who are experts in their field. The class is given short breaks throughout the day to stretch their legs, rehydrate, and re-energize. Lunch will be provided. Please note that every seminar day is structured a bit differently, and the seminar topics change from year to year based on the interests of the class, as identified in their application essays. Past seminar topics have included but are not limited to education, housing, K-12 education, wealth/income inequality, regional identity, regional demographics, regional collaboration, urban renewal, and downtown development.
- How much does it cost to participate?
The cost of tuition for the Class of 2025 is $5,000, and covers educational content, meals, materials, and overnight lodging for the 3-day opening retreat. Please note that this is subject to change for future program participants. Scholarships & payment plans are available.
- Are there scholarships or payment plans available?
Talking to Your Employer
Among the many reasons why participation in Leadership Quest is a great investment, here are a few that may be most important to your employer:
- This program will not only prepare you for the next steps in your career but also the next steps for your organization.
- The leadership skills strengthened through these seminars will not only help to increase productivity but also impact your organization’s bottom line.
- Building your awareness around the challenges our region is facing will help you to identify various ways in which your organization can engage more deeply in the local community.
- Surrounding yourself with a diverse group of local leaders will help generate fresh ideas and innovative solutions to the issues your organization may be facing.
- In growing your network, you are also establishing new connections for your organization as well as expanding your circle of influence.
- Upon completion of the program, you will gain access to additional opportunities to stay up-to-date on local issues and to connect with past, present, and future leaders from across the region.