Leadership West Virginia (www.leadershipwv.org) celebrates 29 years as a statewide education and leadership development not-for-profit program in West Virginia. The eight-month program cultivates leaders from a variety of employers throughout West Virginia and enhances their knowledge not only of the challenges facing the state, but also its unique attributes and diversity. Recognizing that leadership is of utmost importance to West Virginia’s prosperity and progress, Leadership West Virginia works to develop and motivate a cross-section of leaders who can and should use their talents and abilities to inspire others and foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm and vitality throughout the state. LWV is affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
“Each year, class participants are selected from a list of top-quality applicants from around the state,” said Pam Farris, executive director of LWV. “Individuals are selected into the program because they demonstrate leadership skills and experiences in civic activities and in their professional careers.
“We continue to see an increase in the number of applicants each year and we are very pleased with the diversity of candidates in the 2020 class,” Farris said. She also noted that interest in being a class member continues to be a very competitive process as the program now has more than 1,400 alumni from across the state and graduates from 54 counties.
Throughout this year members of the class will travel to different communities in West Virginia to receive broad-based education on critical topics and, at the same time, have opportunities to improve their leadership skills.