Leadership Fairfax Institute
The Leadership Fairfax Institute (LFI) is a 10-month program that provides a forum for representatives of the business, nonprofit, and public sectors to strengthen themselves as professionals and community leaders. Participants will gain a better understanding of the issues and opportunities facing Fairfax County. Through training, study groups and interaction with community decision makers, Leadership Fairfax develops leaders with vision and commitment. Our highly sought after faculty are all certified leadership coaches and provide 3.0 level curriculum with a “coach approach” to leadership development.
Who Should Apply?
The program is designed for established leaders, mid-level to senior, from all walks of life, who represent a cross section of the Fairfax County community, including large and small business organizations, educators, government officials, and staff, executives and volunteers in the nonprofit world. Approximately 45-50 applicants will be selected for each program year.
Goals of the Leadership Fairfax Institute
Benefits to Participants
The LFI program begins with a two-day opening kickoff in September, followed by nine monthly program days. From January to May, class participants engage in an intensive study of five topics representing important and diverse local issues that affect the quality of life in Fairfax County and the region. Divided into five teams, teams will study, research and present these issues through various perspectives. A year of discovery and growth is capped off in June with a final closing day and commencement celebration.
Program days are generally held on the third Thursday of each month from 8 am to 6 pm, including social networking time at the end of the day. Outside speakers, site visits, tours and/or hands-on exercises allow for active engagement at each class day. Time outside of regular class days is required to assist in preparation of participant team’s class day.
Individuals who live, work or are investing in Fairfax County and who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership, a record of community service and a willingness to commit time to the LFI program are invited to apply. Community service need not have taken place in Fairfax County. We strongly urge County newcomers to apply. Taking part in the LFI program is a great way to gain your footing and quickly build a powerful network.
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
Tuition for the Leadership Fairfax program is $4,900. If accepted and enrolled into the program, you and/or your organization will be obligated for the full tuition fee of $4,900 payable by September 3, 2019.
Tuition covers all program costs, plus:
Many non-profit executives and small business owners depend on tuition assistance in order to participate in Leadership Fairfax programs. This enables us to offer our community leadership development programs to a broader range of applicants and to attract participants who reflect the diverse community in which we live and work. We have graduated more than 1,800 leaders over the last 30 years, many of whom serve as agents of positive change throughout the region.
Leadership Fairfax has a limited amount of available tuition assistance. Tuition assistance is determined by the Selection Committee and staff and will be awarded based on demonstrated need. After reviewing all tuition assistance requests made as part of the application process, we will inform applicants if their requests for tuition assistance towards ELI or LFI have been approved. Typically, the awards are approximately 25% of total tuition.
Expectations for the LFI Program
As a participant in the LFI program you will be expected to attend each program day and in addition take on an active role outside of the program days as a team member in planning and executing an LFI program day.
As an LFI Alum
Leadership Fairfax is a membership organization and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Following your class year, as a graduate of the LFI Program of Leadership Fairfax, you will join a cadre of over 1,800 remarkable, accomplished fellow alumni. Each year you will be invited to join with them for updates on community leadership issues, community projects, networking and social activities.
LFI, ELI and LLP Alumni are Community Trustees for Fairfax County — we give you the county knowledge and background, and set the stage for what you will do once you’ve graduated from the program. Your knowledge, skills and experience will benefit the county, in whatever way you choose.