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Leaders Lab Class of 2024 Graduation


The Leaders Lab of Greater Charlottesville celebrated the completion of its second year with a graduation ceremony at Hillsdale Conference Center.

During the final session, cohort members shared what they most appreciated about the Leaders Lab experience:

“Tools for community engagement and building consensus”

“Conflict resolution and negotiation”

“The mindfulness exercises in each session”

“Self-awareness and using our own strengths”

“The diversity of the group”

“Hearing firsthand from community leaders”

“Learning about the history of Charlottesville”

Many participants mentioned visiting and learning about the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at UVA was a highlight. The memorial is very moving, and the group had a wonderful tour with DeTeasa Gathers. In addition to learning about the history of enslaved communities at UVA, the cohort also learned about the long community process that led to the building of the memorial, as well as the ongoing work by the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at UVA.

Applications are now open for the 2024-25 Leaders Lab cohort. Apply Now.

Leaders Lab partners in collaboration: Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Engagement and Negotiation at UVA, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, and Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Leaders Lab of Greater Charlottesville

Class of 2024

Dettey Audette
Sandra Aviles-Poe
Emily Beichel
Nick Bode
Andy Bowman
Nancy Brill
Courtney Brown
Amy Cesak
Ingrid Chalita

Ann Criser-Shedd
Adrienne Dent
Katharine DiResta
Rebecca Ellison
Wendy Ferguson
Heidi Gilman Bennett
Shira Goldeen
Jesse Gutt
Dawn Heneberry
Coles Jennings
Walter Johnson
Khalilah Jones

Matt Laird
Karin Little
Jackie Martin
Whitmore Merrick
Alexander Morrison
William Nichols
Fay Paurillo
Denisha Phipps
Amy Schmidt-Morris
Sarah Sweet
Novella Thompson
Jennifer Whitaker