Emerging Leaders Program

ALUMNI VIDEO

Kenya Cummins, ELP Alumnus Class of 2019

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The purpose of the Emerging Leaders Program is to introduce young leaders to advanced leadership concepts and build a strong foundation for leadership into the 21st century. The program recruits exceptional students who we identify as our nation’s future leaders. Our students engage in a six-month program that fosters personal and professional development focused on critical thinking and problem solving. We connect our students with current leaders, and we expose them to opportunities and events that are outside their range of experiences.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Emerging Leaders are highly motivated African American and Latino undergraduates. These students possess undeniable leadership potential, which is typically demonstrated in their moral character, extracurricular activities, and the respect earned from their peers, faculty, and community. Emerging Leaders must have a 3.0 grade point average or above and be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors at fully accredited colleges or universities.

 

WHAT EMERGING LEADERS CAN EXPECT

Our advanced leadership training prepares our students to compete for leadership roles in today’s complex business environment. Emerging Leaders are immersed in business and leadership training programs, supplemented by mentoring opportunities that prepare them for today’s complex challenges. Program offerings include:

  • Elements of Style Writing Competition
  • A Brand Called You – Personal Branding
  • The Great Debate – Public Speaking, Research and Defense
  • The Role of Emotional Intelligence
  • Leadership Styles – What they are and how to employ them
  • The Power of Diversity
  • Effectively Managing Conflict
  • Networking for Influence – Personal and Positional Power

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 13, 2020

PROFILE OF AN EMERGING LEADER

Emerging Leaders are highly motivated African American and Latino undergraduates. These students possess undeniable leadership potential which is typically demonstrated in their moral character, extracurricular activities, and the respect earned from their peers, faculty, and community. Emerging Leaders have at least a 3.0 grade point average and must be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors at a fully accredited college or university in Virginia.

 

AFTER THE PROGRAM

Emerging Leaders gain knowledge and skills that are both relevant and beneficial to their career journey, and that add value to the scholarly community. As a result, the Emerging Leaders Program has helped to prepare students to pursue and/or compete at some of the nation’s top graduate school programs, scholarships, fellowships and businesses which include:

NOTABLE MENTORS AND SPEAKERS HAVE INCLUDED

  • Bobby Scott, US Congressman (D-VA 3rd District)
  • Stedman Graham, businessman and partner of Oprah Winfrey
  • Tim Scott, US Senator (R-SC)
  • Suhail Khan, Director, External Relations, Microsoft
  • Ed Gillespie, Vice President for External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T
  • Dr. Ben Carson, US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  •  Robert Wolftz, former President of Verizon Virginia
  • John Lewis, US Congressman (D-GA 5th District) and Civil Rights Icon
  • Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes and Chick-fil-A board member
  • George Alexander, author of Queens and Why We Make Movies, and Essence Magazine Contributor

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Emerging Leaders Sunday dinner with Ed Gillespie, Vice President for External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T
Financial Literacy seminar with Raymond Lambert, Vice President Wealth Management Division, PNC Bank
Leadership seminar with John Venable, retired United States Air Force
Education dialogue with Gerard Robinson, former Virginia Secretary of Education