WHAT IS LEADERSHIP FAUQUIER?
Leadership Fauquier is a signature community leadership program that provides its cohorts knowledge, skills and connections to grow personally and professionally as leaders within the Fauquier County community and beyond.
- Applications open in the spring of each year, and the cohort is announced in the late summer with onboarding prior to the program starting in September.
- Applicants must have lived or work in Fauquier County for 1 year.
- A two-day retreat in September kicks off the program, and then our class meets monthly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. October through June for a full day of learning, exploring the community, and networking.
- Participants must believe that the sustainable success of our community is dependent on engaged and connected leaders and must want to join our alumni in supporting the Leadership Fauquier mission to create a thriving community through engaged and connected leaders.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
Bennis was an American scholar, organizational consultant, and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of Leadership studies
Capacity Building and Growth: 2018
Personal Development: 2018
How People Describe Leadership Fauquier
When our cohorts, alums, board members, sponsors and other partners were asked to share words to describe Leadership Fauquier, the following are the words that came to mind:
LEADERSHIP FAUQUIER IS
Leadership Fauquier was an excellent experience for me. Almost daily, I draw upon what I learned in the program, and now have an excellent network in the county!
I went through Leadership Fauquier as a new transplant to the area. Leadership Fauquier provided me with the tools I needed to understand our local community and its values much more quickly than I would have. If anybody wants to know how to become involved in Fauquier County professionally, politically, or through service, Leadership Fauquier is a must.
I am a proud graduate from Leadership Fauquier’s Class of 2018! I currently serve as Budget Services Manager in Fauquier County’s Office of Management and Budget, but at the onset of the Leadership Fauquier program I was a Budget & Management Analyst II. As I’ve grown in my career, it has become increasingly important to not only understand what makes Fauquier unique, but also meet with and network among private and non-profit sectors. I thoroughly enjoyed my LF days – often filled with a field trip, discussion, and networking. The program renewed my love of service to the community and was a catalyst to long-lasting relationships.
Mallory K. Stribling
Participation in Leadership Fauquier was pivotal for me both as a community leader and for our organization (The Arc of NCV). I gained invaluable insights about our community from the unique opportunities to directly connect with local leaders. In addition to personally building confidence and skills over the course of the year, our organizational connections within the community multiplied. This growth was instrumental in meeting our first major funder. The comradery of Leadership Fauquier continues to be a cornerstone of growth.
As a business owner and regular sponsor, we feel that Leadership Fauquier provided an invaluable resource to learn about all things Fauquier and inform residents on how to be a productive member of the community. We have sent and will continue to send all our people through this program.
"I have supported Leadership Fauquier during my tenure as a local government manager and as a non-profit executive and Board member, because I, personally, view it as the most important institution in our community focused on developing next-generation leadership. The program is important to the Piedmont Environmental Council because of its 'whole community' thinking, in engaging a broad cross-section of interests to help its graduates understand all of the various factors that make our community great. Leadership Fauquier is the county's pipeline for creating educated, engaged, and empowered community leaders."
Smith-Midland has been a sponsor of Leadership Fauquier since its inception because we know that the value of having great leaders in our community make Fauquier a better place to live and work. Fauquier County has been our home since my grandfather, David G. Smith, founded our company in 1960 and we want to give back by supporting other Fauquier businesses and organizations who want to develop strong, engaged leaders.