Applications are closed for the class of 2023. They will open again this coming summer for the class of 2024.
2023 Applications are now open
Leadership West Virginia is an innovative program that grows, engages, and mobilizes leaders to ignite a lifelong passion to move West Virginia forward.
A growing need for qualified and visionary leaders in West Virginia remains at the forefront of our state’s future. We exist to address the need for leadership training in the state. The competitive, annual, seven-month training program provides participants unparalleled educational and leadership opportunities.
DONATE TO LEADERSHIP WEST VIRGINIA
LWV relies on donations from alumni to maintain high-quality training and experiences for today’s West Virginia leadership. Alumni gifts to the organization provide additional education, resources, connections, and opportunities. Your gift benefits West Virginia, allowing more leaders to connect, participate with additional scholarship offerings, represent every county in the state.
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Cindy Napier, Class of 2007
Director of Group Sales, The Greenbrier
“When I heard about LWV, I thought it would be a great way to “network” for business. I had heard wonderful things about the program and thought it would help me learn about other businesses and contacts throughout the state. I had grown up in West Virginia and I thought I knew a lot about our state until I went through the program. I received so much more!”
PRESIDENT/CEO, THE EDUCATION ALLIANCE
“Without the partnership of Leadership West Virginia, our WV Ready Graduate initiative could not reach as many students as it does across the state. Their collaboration allowed us to support more than 1,800 students last year in preparation for their next steps after high school.”
Jen Susman, Class of 2019
CO-FOUNDER & CO-CREATIVE DIRECTOR, 84 AGENCY
“We may all be working in different sectors and all have diverse backgrounds, but we share the same passion for our state. We all want to lend a hand in tackling some of our state’s most persistent challenges and want to be a generation of leaders who are working to develop opportunities and build a vibrant and exciting future for the place we call home.”
Avon Cobourne, Jr., Class of 2019
ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERSHIP DIRECTOR, YMCA OF KANAWHA VALLEY
“The healthcare session included a segment about the opioid epidemic and it made me realize that drug use is a statewide issue. Substance use disorder affects not only the people using drugs, but also the families. Grandparents, aunts and uncles are raising not only their own families, but other family members’ children as well.”
Rick & Cindy Wiseman
class of 2017 and 2014
“We will never be able to repay what we gained through this program, but we can give back in a small way by contributing to the scholarship fund. We gave a major gift to support a scholarship so someone can enjoy the program as much as we did.”