• LEAD Peninsula

  • LEAD fills the need to Learn, Explore, Absorb, and Disseminate the portrait of the Virginia Peninsula!

    LEAD Peninsula is a community immersion program, which can best be described as an experience in understanding a community mosaic…the Peninsula mosaic.  LEAD Peninsula fosters opportunities for increased communication and cooperation among the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Through a series of initiatives and programs, the LEAD Peninsula program provides opportunities for both recognized and emerging leaders to work collaboratively on issues of importance to the Peninsula community.

    Since 1984, LEAD Peninsula (formally Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula) has been introducing its class members to the major facets of the greater Peninsula community through an intensive ten-month program. The LEAD Peninsula members participate in educational sessions, tours, and candid conversations with community leaders. The goal is to provide intellectual and personal connectivity experiences with the various aspects of our community – business, education, public safety, health and human services, environment, local, state and federal government, workforce development, military and federal impact, transportation, infrastructure (water/sewer), etc.  The objective of this diverse array of topics is to challenge members to see their community as they never have before and to expand their knowledge on the different aspects that influence their community as a whole.

    Since its beginning, LEAD Peninsula has graduated over 1000 diverse and accomplished individuals.  While no two participants share completely the same background, all share a commitment to the Virginia Peninsula, influenced by their individual cities and counties as a part of a major economic region.  Most importantly, all participants have a desire to take an active role in determining the Peninsula’s future.


  • Class of 2019


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      February 2019 - Government Day
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      February 2019 - Government Day
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      January 2019 - Environment Day (James River Treatment Plant)
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      January 2019 - Environment Day (Lee Hall Water Treatment Plant)
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      December 6, 2018 - Education Day (Downtown Hampton Child Development Center)
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      December 6, 2018 - Education Day (ECPI University)
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      December 6, 2018 - Education Day (New Horizons Regional Education Center)
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      October 4, 2018 - Technology Day (Newport News Shipbuilding / Apprentice School)
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      October 4, 2018 - Technology Day (NASA Langley Research Center)
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      September 6, 2018 - Poverty Simulation & Alumni Panel
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      September 6, 2018 - Poverty Simulation & Alumni Panel
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      August 23, 2018 - Opening Session / Orientation
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      August 23, 2018 - Opening Session / Orientation
  • LEAD Peninsula 2018-2019 Sponsors


  • Virginia Peninsula Chamber Foundation, Inc.


    Please click Here for Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Class of 2019 Program Days

    *Click the dates below to view the program day agenda.
    Opening Session / Orientation
    Poverty Simulation
    Technology Day
    Health & Human Services Day
    Education Day
    Environment Day
    Government Day
    March 7, 2019
    Public Safety Day
    April 4, 2019
    Transportation Day
    May 2, 2019
    Federal Impact Day
    June 6, 2019
    Manufacturing Day / Closing Session
    June 13, 2019
    Completion Ceremony

    Current LEAD Peninsula Class of 2019 Participant, Tami Farinholt, is honored as a 2018 Top 40 Under 40 Honoree for Hampton Roads.  Click HERE to read the full article.