Developing leaders for the future of Hampton Roads.

About the Program

The CIVIC Leadership program runs from September to May of each year. Every month, the participants travel to different parts of the region and participate in sessions led by leaders who are involved in its government, economy, defense, education, transportation, industry, not-for-profit, arts and other aspects of business and life in Hampton Roads.

Executive Nomination Process

CIVIC accepts year round nominations for the executive program. Find out more about the selection process, key dates, and selection criteria.


Program Tuition Payment

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Current Class

Meet the current class and find out more about upcoming program dates.



Each year the CIVIC Leadership Institutes Executive Program Participants will collaborate with alumni and community subject matter experts on timely and topical initiatives. The Community Impact Initiatives are projects that are a key focus for the Hampton Roads Community. Participants have the opportunity to work on initiatives that are priorities in a regional level.

It’s time for the next generation to step up and take the reins and there’s really nothing quite like CIVIC to prepare them for that opportunity. With world class speakers, candid conversation about the issues and class members who command the assets and resources to bring to bear on the challenges that face us, CIVIC is making a tremendous difference in the future of our region. Joshua P. Darden, Jr.

Founder Emeritus

Why Getting Involved is Important

CIVIC Leadership Institute is a network of over 800 alumni with a joint vision to strengthen the Hampton Roads region. CIVIC alumni use their deep understanding of our regions intricate and complex civic issues and their network to propel the region forward. Many of our CIVIC alumni are involved in key initiatives at the City, region and statewide level using their connections to inform and influence.

Examples of Programming

Previous classes have enjoyed exclusive opportunities such as:

  • Timely, topical discussions with Hampton Roads key regional leadership
  • Opportunity to work on community impact initiatives–key issues that have an impact on a regional and statewide level
  • Unique experiential activities
  • Inclusion in a special section of civic regional leaders in Inside Business

Our programming covers all aspects of what makes up the Hampton Roads region from the key economic drivers such as the military, shipbuilding/ship repair, the port and tourism to education, healthcare, nonprofits, the entrepreneurial ecosystem, technology and transportation. Program days include timely and topical subjects allowing our participants to understand the challenges and successes of the region.

CIVIC has been one of the most positive experiences of my time in Hampton Roads. I am in constant contact with alumni and very much enjoy attending its many programs.
It is a TREASURE. Jack Ezzell

2010 Darden Award recipient, CIVIC Class 2001