LEAD Virginia
707 E. Main Street, Suite 1035
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement

LEAD VIRGINIA is building a high level network of strategically embedded leaders who are shaping their communities and the Commonwealth's future.  With new perspective and expanded capacity, communities are benefitting from leadership that is thinking creatively, learning from others as they face their common challenges, and sharing resources through collaboration.  LEAD VIRGINIA offers an annual intensive educational forum with seven regional sessions featuring the vast and diverse landscape of Virginia's communities.  The common thread uniting these seven sessions is a curriculum centered on Economy, Education and Workforce, and Health.  Regional sessions feature experiential site visits, thought provoking discussions, and a collegial experience that forges new thinking around the challenges facing our Commonwealth.  A new framework emerges around a shared statewide perspective and an appreciation for our role as stakeholders and stewards of Virginia.  Local leaders are empowered to effect change, creative energy is unleashed and precious resources are leveraged to bring benefit to many. 

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CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan B. Horne
Board Chair Mr. Ned Massee
Board Chair Company Affiliation Croatan Advisors
Contact Information
Address 707 E. Main Street, Suite 1035
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 644-5323
Fax 804 644-0062
E-mail shorne@leadva.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $886,000.00
Projected Expenses $894,000.00
Statements
Mission

LEAD VIRGINIA is building a high level network of strategically embedded leaders who are shaping their communities and the Commonwealth's future.  With new perspective and expanded capacity, communities are benefitting from leadership that is thinking creatively, learning from others as they face their common challenges, and sharing resources through collaboration.  LEAD VIRGINIA offers an annual intensive educational forum with seven regional sessions featuring the vast and diverse landscape of Virginia's communities.  The common thread uniting these seven sessions is a curriculum centered on Economy, Education and Workforce, and Health.  Regional sessions feature experiential site visits, thought provoking discussions, and a collegial experience that forges new thinking around the challenges facing our Commonwealth.  A new framework emerges around a shared statewide perspective and an appreciation for our role as stakeholders and stewards of Virginia.  Local leaders are empowered to effect change, creative energy is unleashed and precious resources are leveraged to bring benefit to many. 

Impact
LEAD VIRGINIA empowers local leaders to effect change across their communities, their regions and the Commonwealth through unleashing creative energy and leveraging precious resources to position Virginia in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Its annual program continues to receive the highest marks from participants who consistently rank the program a valuable investment of time and resources.
 
In 2015, LEAD VIRGINIA celebrated its first 10 years and recognized its inaugural year, 2005, when the first class of leaders completed the rigorous, but then untested initiative.
 
Today, 550-plus alumni are breaking new ground as they improve and serve their communities.  Through now eleven completed class years, LEAD VIRGINIA participants have traveled to seventy-seven regional sessions held throughout the Commonwealth, traveled untold miles to reach a destination that many had never visited, and experienced more than 1500 presentations, speakers and site visits to gain a deeper understanding of the common challenges our communities face, and how those challenges impact the greater Commonwealth. 
 
Fifty business and community leaders will be selected through a competitive process to comprise the Class of 2016, and will meet for the first session in April 2016 in Colonial Williamsburg to begin to experience social capital theory, and gain a high-level overview of Virginia's economic competitiveness, its educational resources and performance indicators, and health indicators and trends impacting the healthcare industry.
 
LEAD VIRGINIA will host its speaker series featuring thought leaders across topical areas called Conversations with Leaders.  Attendees include alumni and invited guests and are introduced to the LEAD VIRGINIA organization. 
 
LEAD VIRGINIA will bring alumni together in its annual alumni conference to build cross class connections and gain insights into trends impacting the Commonwealth. 
 
In 2016 LEAD VIRGINIA will introduce Leadership Circles, exclusively for alumni and designed to allow alumni to take a deeper dive into topics explored during their respective class years. 
 
LEAD VIRGINIA will seek to leverage its outreach in 2016 through an anticipated new staff position focused on donor outreach and stewardship.
 
LEAD VIRGINIA welcomes financial support to ensure this important program bringing leaders together across industry and community sectors will continue with strong and diverse class participation.  
 
Needs
Tuition for the LEAD VIRGINIA class program covers one-half the cost of program delivery each year.  LEAD VIRGINIA welcomes support from corporate and foundation partners to ensure that Virginia continues to build leadership capacity among its diverse regions and across the Commonwealth.  Each year $300,000 in corporate contributions and foundation support undergirds the tuition-supported LEAD VIRGINIA class program.  A key focus going forward remains the diversification of funding sources to ensure the program's continued success. 
Background
With a shared vision and much encouragement from the Virginia Leadership Association – and sparked by a call to action by Virginia’s then-Governor Mark Warner, a small group of Virginians began informally exploring the feasibility of a statewide leadership program in the Commonwealth in 2003. This loosely organized cadre of educators from several leading universities, leaders of community leadership groups and representatives of local chambers of commerce throughout Virginia evaluated statewide leadership programs in more than 30 states.
 
In 2004, the increasingly enthusiastic group organized as a steering committee, deliberated best practices and decided on basic constructs for the program to be known as LEAD VIRGINIA.
 
This group clearly understood that to be successful, the venture must be a public and private collaboration, drawing on the strengths and resources of each. The Virginia Chamber of Commerce wholeheartedly embraced the initiative, offered office space during an incubation period for the organization and opened doors to the broader business community.
 
LEAD VIRGINIA’s first organizational board meeting was held March, 2005 at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, Virginia. G. Slaughter “Sandy” Fitz-Hugh Jr., then-president of Bank of America, Virginia, served as chair of the board from 2005-2008. Program and curriculum responsibilities were directed by John P. Thomas, Ph.D., director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, along with regional curriculum committees for each of seven regions.
In April, 2005 the inaugural class was launched in Colonial Williamsburg with 39 participants. Founding sponsors Bon Secours Richmond Health System, HCA Virginia and Philip Morris USA, Bank of America, Norfolk Southern, SunTrust and other financial and in-kind contributors stepped up to support the effort and regional curriculum committees worked to create the seven sessions that remain the hallmark of the LEAD VIRGINIA program content and curriculum. Three key themes were addressed in the first three years of LEAD VIRGINIA: economy, education and transportation. In 2008 the three curriculum themes were modified with health taking the place of transportation. 
CEO Statement
Since its founding in 2005, LEAD VIRGINIA's efforts at building a high level network of informed and connected leaders across the Commonwealth have proven a resounding success.  LEAD VIRGINIA offers the only statewide leadership curriculum of its kind in the Commonwealth.  With each year's class participation aimed at building a growing group of engaged stakeholders, LEAD VIRGINIA alumni utilize the model of social capital theory and work collaboratively and constructively to address complex issues that face our communities, our regions and our Commonwealth.  LEAD VIRGINIA alumni embrace their roles as stewards of this great state.  We welcome your interest in exploring how we can work together to shape a positive future for all of Virginia.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Statewide
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Ettrick
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Matoaka
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Charlottesville-Albermarle
Hampton Roads
Northern Neck
Northern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia
Southern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Roanoke/New River Valley 
Northern Virginia
Southwest Virginia
Hampton Roads
Richmond
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ned Massee
Company Affiliation Croatan Advisors
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Email ned.50.massee@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Annie Adams Norfolk Southern Corporation
Ms. Kathy Albarado HeliosHR
Dr. Kevin Allison Virginia Commonwealth University
Ms. Deborah Armstrong SunTrust Bank
Mr. Peter Blake State Council of Higher Education
Mr. Gilbert Bland GilJoy Group
Jennifer Boykin Huntington Ingalls
Mr. Adrian Chapman Washington Gas
Mr. Whittington Clement Hunton & Williams
Mr. Helm Dobbins American National Bank & Trust Company
Dr. John Dooley Virginia Tech Foundation
Mr. Barry DuVal Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Deborah Gandy Chevy Chase Trust
Mr. Mark Gordon Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center
Ms. Iris Holliday Dominion
Ms. Susan Horne LEAD VIRGINIA
Ms. Tanya Hudson Washington Gas
Bob Innes Columbia Gas
Ron Jefferson Appalachian Power
Mr. Kurt Krause K2 Hospitality
Dr. Nick Langridge James Madison University
Mr. H. Michael Ligon Universal Leaf
Myles Louria Hunton & Williams
Mr. Ned Massee MWV
Mr. Douglas McDonald Venable, LLP
Mr. Matthew F. McQueen Northrop Grumman
Mr. Carl Mitchell Virginia Tech College of Engineeering
Mr. Bernard Niemeier Virginia Business
Ms. Amy Nisenson Mary Morton Parsons Foundation
Mr. Rodney Oliver Virginia Port Authority
Rick Pevarski VA811
Ms. Debbie Pollock-Berry XO Communications
Ms. Liz Povar Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Dr. Donna Price Henry University of Virginia's College at Wise
Honorable Kimble Reynolds City of Martinsville
Ms. Allyson Rothrock The Harvest Foundation
Mr. Scott Schoenborn Pfizer
Honorable Levar Stoney Office of the Governor, Secretary of the Commonwealth
RADM Kevin Sweeney Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance
Dr. John Thomas Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
Ms. Lucia Ana Trigiani Mercer Trigiani
Ms. Rhonda VanLowe Rolls-Royce North America, Inc.
Mr. Jeffrey Wassmer Spectrum Comm
Mr. John Young Union First Market Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 32
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 25
Female 16
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Susan B. Horne
Experience
Susan Horne has been honored statewide for her work with LEAD VIRGINIA and was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as one of Virginia's 25-best connected people in the Commonwealth.
 
She brings more than 25 years of not for profit management experience to her role with LEAD VIRGINIA, 15 of those years as the founding executive director of Leadership Fairfax, Northern Virginia's oldest and largest community leadership organization.  She also served as CEO of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and established a number of value-add programs benefitting and growing the small business sector.  Susan served on the Leesburg Town Council from 2004-2008 and in 2006 was elected by her Council colleagues to the position of Vice Mayor.  When her Council term came to an end, she relocated to Richmond in her new role as president & CEO position of LEAD VIRGINIA. 
 
Susan has been recognized in both the public and private sectors for her leadership.  She was honored by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for her work with LEAD VIRGINIA, by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (now Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce) with its Blue Diamond Award for Corporate Citizenship, by the Virginia General Assembly and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for her leadership role with Leadership Fairfax and by the VCU Wilder School of Government for her role with LEAD VIRGINIA.  LEAD VIRGINIA's high caliber network of participants has positioned the program as a must for leaders seeking to make an impact throughout the Commonwealth.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Susan Timmons Sept 2004 - Jan 2007
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Kerrie Clarke Director of Administration
Ms. April Auger Perrin Director of Programs and Alumni Relations
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Volunteers 100
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
EVGA Community Enhancement AwardVCU Wilder School of Government2009
LeadershipVirginia Chamber of Commerce2015
Programs
CEO/ED/Board Comments LEAD VIRGINIA welcomes corporate and community partners who seek to align their philanthropic goals with strategic leadership initiatives that will impact the greater Commonwealth, and thereby its communities.  LEAD VIRGINIA is the only statewide leadership program in the Commonwealth that is building a high level network of leaders who aim to shape Virginia in transformational and positive directions.  As a non partisan, not for profit organization, we welcome partners who embrace this vision of leadership and want to help us fulfill our mission.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $886,000.00
Projected Expenses $894,000.00
Endowment Value $101,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$437,545$190,000$192,000
Government Contributions$0$20,000$0
Federal------
State--$20,000--
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$58,752$100,255$49,352
------
$323,700$301,100$384,151
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,756$1,497$1,724
Membership Dues------
Special Events$61,505$63,940$10,235
Revenue In-Kind$73,648$87,996--
Other$31,285$26,634--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$540,531$498,669$479,226
Administration Expense$223,615$221,664$162,466
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.291.100.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%69%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$804,760$543,683$478,927
Current Assets$680,805$488,922$447,140
Long-Term Liabilities$31,476--$11,804
Current Liabilities$37,552$31,996$26,525
Total Net Assets$735,732$511,687$440,598
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities18.1315.2816.86
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%0%2%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Comments
Organization Comments
LEAD VIRGINIA was founded on an operational model with revenue from two primary streams:  tuition and corporate support.  Annual budgets are based upon half the revenue each year from tuition and half from corporate sponsored support.  As the alumni base grows, diversifying revenue streams becomes more of a reality, through annual fund giving, board member contributions, silent auction income to support class participation in the program each year, and a class legacy gift given each year as a "pay it forward" gift to the next class.  However, the organization will continue to need philanthropic support from companies and organizations who see a benefit from aligning their own strategic philanthropy with an organization dedicated to growing statewide leadership capacity and ultimately shaping Virginia's future.
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Wells, Coleman & Company, LLP.
  • Financial information provided by Form 990.