Leadership Fairfax Institute

The Leadership Fairfax Institute (LFI) is a 9-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. Apply Here for our LFI Program.

LFI Class Days of 2023 - 2024

Thursday, September 21, 2023: Opening Retreat

Friday, September 22, 2023: Opening Retreat

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Thursday, January 25, 2024: Road to Richmond (Optional)

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 Commencement 

LFI Class Days of 2024 - 2025

Thursday, September 19, 2024: Opening Retreat

Friday, September 20, 2024: Opening Retreat

Thursday, October 17, 2024

Thursday, November 21, 2024

Thursday, December 12, 2024

Thursday, January 16, 2025

Thursday, January 23, 2025: Road to Richmond (Optional)

Thursday, February 20, 2025

Thursday, March 20, 2025

Thursday, April 17, 2025

Thursday, May 22, 2025

Wednesday, June 4, 2025 Commencement 

Who Should Apply?

LFI is for senior level leaders, directors of programs, established leaders, program managers, 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 / 9 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 as an established leader, senior level, owner or entrepreneur in your business or sector
  • committed to engaging in difficult conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion
  • be willing to commit the required time to the program
  • 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.

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

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