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Leaders Lab Class of 2024 Testimonials

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The Leaders Lab of Greater Charlottesville is a 9-month leadership training program for everyone who wants to be great at collaboration! Current and emerging leaders build leadership skills, practice community problem-solving, and learn first-hand how people are working together on local issues. Applications are open now to join the Class of 2025.

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"The time spent in Leaders Lab has opened many doors to learning about the City of Charlottesville and the Region 10 district. Meeting community leaders and other citizens, other working and recreational organizations, and learning about policy, procedure, and the challenges faced, as well as how those challenges will be managed, has been inspiring. We've also met academic leaders working to correct history and tell untold stories, making it all come alive in ways I've not experienced before Leaders Lab.

I feel more connected and educated about the area I chose to live in more than 15 years ago. Because of the newfound connectedness, I also feel more responsible and want to be a part of the solutions. That's realistic now because of Leaders Lab, and I'm eternally grateful for the opportunity and everything the 2024 Class has collectively gained through this experience!"

Novella W Thompson, UVA Health

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"I have completed an Executive Leadership Program as well as numerous leadership training sessions, so I was initially skeptical about how much value I would get out of the Chamber's Leaders Lab. I quickly learned the Chamber is different in the way it promotes community involvement. In addition to detailed, unbiased education about numerous local current events, the speakers and workshops tackled vital yet rarely addressed leadership concepts such as mindfulness, ethics, cultural humility and respect. I always looked forward to the monthly meetings and will miss them when our cohort is done!"

Dawn Heneberry, Cary Street Partners

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"Leaders Lab created a unique forum of professional from the community and allowed us to engage in developing leadership skills while fostering connections throughout the monthly meetings."

Dettey Audette, The Miller School

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"Leader's Lab has been an invaluable experience for my personal and professional growth in numerous ways. Firstly, the diverse cohort has provided me with unique perspectives and insights that I wouldn't have gained otherwise. Interacting with individuals from different backgrounds and industries has broadened my understanding of leadership and community development.

The community development case studies were particularly enlightening. They allowed me to apply theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios, enabling me to develop practical solutions to complex issues. These case studies challenged me to think critically and creatively, ultimately enhancing my problem-solving skills. One aspect of Leader's Lab that I truly appreciate is the introduction to community partners I hadn't previously known. Collaborating with these organizations has not only expanded my network but also deepened my understanding of community dynamics and the importance of partnerships in driving positive change.

Overall, Leader's Lab has equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and connections necessary to make a meaningful impact in my community. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow alongside such a supportive and diverse group of individuals."

Khalilah Jones, Chic & Classy Image Consulting