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LEAD Program Details


LEAD is run at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business Administration and its executive training complex called the Inn at Darden. Sleeping rooms are single-occupancy, with all the amenities of a first class hotel room. Participants dine together in an executive dining room.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

Preference is given to department heads, division heads, and senior staff in local government organizations. Recommendation of an SEI alumnus is weighed. LEAD is competitive and early application is recommended.

Class Size: 36 - 42


The 2017 fee for LEAD is $4,250. The 2018 fee for LEAD is $4,450. This includes lodging and most meals (one night on your own), and instructional materials. A 10% discount for members of the Virginia Institute of Government.

Deadlines, Refunds, Cancellations

Application Deadline : 8 weeks before the start of the program

Payment is due 1 month before the start of the program. 50% fee assessed for cancellations within 2 weeks of the start of the program. Acceptable substitution may be made up to 2 weeks before the start of the program. No refunds after the start of the program.


Social events are an integral component of the learning experience. This makes it difficult for participants to share time with accompanying personal guests/spouses.