Leadership Fairfax Institute

The Leadership Fairfax Institute (LFI) is a 10-month program that provides a forum for established leaders of the business, nonprofit, and government sectors. Participants will deepen leadership competencies, hone leadership vision, and gain a better understanding of the issues and opportunities facing Fairfax County. Through training, study groups and interaction with community decision makers, Leadership Fairfax further develops leaders with vision and commitment. Our highly sought after faculty are experienced in leadership education and most are certified leadership coaches. They provide 3.0 level curriculum with a “coach approach” to leadership development.

LFI Class Days of 2021 - 2022

Friday, September 24, 2021: Opening Reception and Keynote

Saturday, September 25, 2021: Opening Class Day

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 Commencement 

Who Should Apply?

LFI is for senior level and C-Suite professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs ready to impact issues facing the region and improve their high level management capacity as they lead organizations and people.


  • Develop a deep understanding of issues facing the region through an equity lens 
  • Engage with high level community leaders to hone your leadership vision 
  • Develop actionable steps towards creating equitable workplaces and communities
  • Collaborate across sectors and build professional network
  • Increase self awareness and learn to motivate others to get things done


  • 1 day monthly / 10 months
  • Third Thursday of the month
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 


Individuals who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership, an interest in community service and a willingness to commit time to the LFI program are invited to apply. All applicants must submit a résumé and two letters of recommendation when applying. Applicants must also meet the follow criteria:

  • serve at the executive, owner, or C-Suite level within your organization
  • committed to engaging in difficult conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion
  • be willing to commit the required time to the program
  • be prepared to engage in a project with a team to research and present findings on a community topic through an equity lens
  • be committed to utilizing leadership skills and knowledge for the long-term benefit of the community
  • attend the opening weekend dates in September


Tuition for the LFI Program is $5,400. If accepted and enrolled into the program, you and/or your organization will be obligated for the full tuition fee of $5,400 payable by the start of the program.

Tuition covers all program costs, plus:

  • all program costs, materials and DiSC behavioral assessment
  • complimentary invitation to the annual alumni reception
  • member pricing on Leadership Fairfax events including the NVLA luncheon and Board of Supervisors Breakfast
  • two tickets to Commencement (one ticket for graduate, one ticket for guest)

Tuition assistance

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.




Service Project Proposals now being accepted for review by ELI 2022. Submit online.



Our graduates develop the skills to lead and answer the challenges facing our region.   


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Meet the graduates who make a difference daily in the county, region and beyond.


8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 100
Vienna, VA 22182-3853
Phone: 703-752-7555

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