SWVA RISE Emerging Leadership Program

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The SWVA Rise Emerging Leadership Program brings together a diverse group of Emerging Leaders throughout the Southwest Virginia region to participate in a six-month learning experience of the region’s assets and challenges. The focus of the program is to educate the region’s emerging leaders on the value of collaboration, relationship building, critical conversations, and strategic thinking.

The experience includes leadership development customized to equip leaders to become active and effective members of organizations, working groups, local, and regional boards in order to position the region for economic growth.

The program resulted from a series of community surveys and focus groups, which indicated that strengthening leadership capacity within the region was critical to the growth and diversification of Southwest Virginia’s future.

SWVA Rise is a program of Opportunity SWVA and The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and is funded through a grant awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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SWVA RISE IS ELEVATING LEADERSHIP

SWVA Rise is elevating leadership capacity in Southwest Virginia. SWVA Rise will strengthen the skillsets of new and emerging leaders in businesses, non-profits, education governmental agencies, local boards, councils and faith-based initiatives.

The program will work to provide an expanded knowledge of the region and its opportunities and challenges. The program emerged from work by Opportunity SWVA, a regional collaborative coordinated by the University of Virginia at Wise in partnership with numerous regional partners including the Commonwealth Department of Housing & Community Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Friends of Southwest Virginia, the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, the planning districts of Southwest Virginia and other community and economic development entities.

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MAKE A RECOMMENDATION

Do you know someone with a passion for Southwest Virginia and a desire to grow as a leader to impact the region’s growth?  Send your recommendation to Becki O’Quinn, bjoyce@uvawise.edu

Include

  • Name of nominee
  • Title or position
  • Age range
  • A brief summary of why you feel they would be a good candidate for SWVA Rise

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Two recommendation letters must be submitted for each applicant. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the reference and request a recommendation.

Tuition is $250.00.

References should email recommendations to Becki O’Quinn, bjoyce@uvawise.edu

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BECOME A SPONSOR

Upon completion of the program, the emerging leaders will be empowered to make an impact on their communities and the region.

Your sponsorship will open the avenue for rising leaders to participate in the program at minimal cost.

email your completed sponsorship information to Becki O’Quinn, bjoyce@uvawise.edu, 276-254-0419

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Program Summary

SWVA Rise Emerging Leadership Program resulted from a series of community surveys and focus groups, which indicated that strengthening leadership capacity within the region was critical to the growth and diversification of Southwest Virginia’s future.

The program, which focuses on the Southwest Virginia’s regions consisting of fourteen counties and four cities, includes four elements:

  1. Understanding the region’s strengths, opportunities and needs through data and through presentation at each regional district.
  2. Leadership training designed to help provide effective communication, collaboration, and impact while leading and serving on local and regional boards and councils.
  3. Building a regional network of leaders, through teamwork, shared learning and experiences.
  4. An increased understanding of the economic landscape of Southwest Virginia.

Visit the Program Outline for more details.