Leadership Orange County Signature Program

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Postponed Until 2021 Stay Tuned for Updates

Our Mission

To bring together diverse leaders to address community needs, strength leadership skills and empower them to make a difference in the community


About Us

Leadership Orange County is Managed by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.


Each year Leadership Orange selects a diverse group of outstanding adults who either live or work in Orange County to take part in an educational leadership program. Over an 8- month period, class participants receive training on topics important to the residents and businesses of Orange County, including: Agriculture, Industry and Economic Development, Health Care, Education, Law and Justice, Government. This training provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the many challenges and opportunities within Orange County and thus enables them to better serve their communities going forward.


Beginning in October, classes meet the first Wednesday of every month and graduate in May. The full-day program includes educational presentations, role playing, and round table discussion. All topics presented by leaders of Orange County. Within their first few months in the program, students are challenged with putting their knowledge to work through fundraising, community service, class projects and much more – all with the goal of improving the quality of life in Orange County.


The Leadership Orange Signature Program has a one-time tuition fee of $175 for Chamber members and $195 for non-Chamber members. The fee includes all course materials and session lunches. Selection for the program is competitive and each applicant is evaluated based on written application.




Signature Leadership Orange: The Program and Application Process


The Signature Leadership Orange program brings outstanding adults, with a variety of backgrounds from across Orange County together to take part in an educational leadership program.


Leadership Orange seeks individuals who:

  • Are at least 18 years of age and live and/or work in Orange County.

  • Are committed, motivated, and eager to serve in volunteer, appointed or elected leadership roles in Orange County.

  • Can commit the time and energy to complete the program and continue to serve the community.

  • Have demonstrated community or career achievement appropriate to age and experience.

  • Represent a cross- section of business, professions, organizations, government, education, socio-economic, ethnic backgrounds, age, and geographic areas throughout Orange County.

  • Are committed to staying actively involved in the county



In addition, the opening and orientation, the time commitment includes 8 sessions as well as full participation in a group project completed outside of class. Attendance at all sessions is expected and participants who miss two sessions will need to withdraw from the program without graduating.


Planned 2020-2021 Leadership Class Schedule


Orientation and Leadership Challenge Course

October 2020

Introduction and Ice Breaker

Low Ropes Course


Local wine presentation and socializing

Class project brainstorming


Agricultural Day

November 2020

Tour of winery

Tour of Dairy Farm

Hemp Farm



Ag Commissioner


Industry and Economic Development

December 2020

Orange County Economic Development

Real Estate

Tour manufacturing company

Tour distribution company


Planning and zoning


Health Care

January 2021

Orange County EMS

Coroner’s Office




Virginia Legislative Day

February 2021

Attend Senate Committee Meeting

Attend House Committee Meeting

Lunch at the Capital Building

Governor’s Mansion Tour


Law and Justice Day

March 2021

Detention Center Tour

Police Chief/Dog Sniffer

Emergency Management

Commonwealth Attorney


Education Day

April 2021

Germanna Community College

Superintendent Orange County Schools

Alternative to Public Education

Germanna Center for Advanced Technology

Charter Schools

Home Schooling



May 2021



Ready to apply?

Once you complete and submit your application, the selection committee will meet and select the new class. Candidates will be notified thereafter of their acceptance Applications must be submitted no later than September 1 of each year.

Download the application HERE