Emerging Leaders Institute
Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is a 10-month program that brings together professionals from business, nonprofit and government sectors. Participants will strengthen themselves as professional and community leaders by enhancing skills in project management, conflict resolution and negotiation, communications and public speaking, community engagement and more. Through six individual hours of professional coaching or mentoring, connection with peers, and participation in a community service project, Leadership Fairfax develops engaged leaders at work and in the community, turning potential into powerful performance. All Leadership Fairfax faculty members are sought-after trainers and most are certified leadership coaches whose “coach approach” to training provides a rich, experiential and individualized approach
ELI Class Days of 2023 - 2024
Monday, September 11, 2023: Opening Reception and Keynote
Tuesday, September 12, 2023: Opening Class Day
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Thursday, April 11, 2024
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Wednesday, June 5, 2024: Commencement Celebration
Who Should Apply?
ELI is for the high-potential employees who are ready to focus on core leadership skills and are poised to move up in their organizations.
Goals of the Emerging Leaders Institute
Pair with a certified leadership coach for six one-hour sessions focusing on real-world leadership techniques and challenges (value $1,200-$2,000).
Community Service Projects
Work in teams on short-term community service projects (CSP) for a local nonprofit. Build relationships, learn from your peers and experience first-hand the opportunities to make a difference in your community. Each year, in the summer, proposals for community service projects are requested for selection by the incoming class.
Individuals who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership, an interest in community service and a willingness to commit time to the ELI program are invited to apply. All applicants must submit a résumé and two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from your supervisor acknowledging the time commitment to the program. Please have your employer include the following statement:
"As the applicant's supervisor, I certify that this person has my full support to participate in the Emerging Leaders Institute. I am aware of the time commitment and the financial obligation.”
Applicants must also meet the following criteria:
Tuition for the Emerging Leaders Program is $3,500. If accepted and enrolled into the program, you and/or your organization will be obligated for the full tuition fee of $3,500 payable by the start of the program.
Tuition covers all program costs, plus:
We offer limited tuition assistance, based on demonstrated financial need. If you indicate on your application that assistance is requested, you will receive an email link to that application. Tuition assistance requests are evaluated separately and are not a factor in the selection process.