Civic Leadership

Study Group Goal:

Determine and recommend the most effective method or program to develop leadership for Hampton Roads and the process for getting leaders engaged in the most important civic and volunteer positions in the region.

Study Group Charge:

  1. Conduct a situation analysis, creating a baseline of facts for the area.
  2. Identify the significant volunteer leadership programs in Hampton Roads and their follow-up initiatives that help place graduates in civic leadership positions.
  3. Benchmark other markets and examine what programs in other regions are doing.
  4. Determine which ideas should be recommended for Hampton Roads.
  5. Determine key measures of effectiveness of civic leadership.
  6. Finalize a recommended implementation plan.


Why I Am Involved

“I believe we are at a critical window for our region. We need to leverage our assets or we will continue to fall behind.”

Kasia Grzelkowski
VersAbility Resources CEO

Civic Leadership Study Group Member

Civic Leadership Study Group Members:

Angela Blackwell-Carter, LEAD Hampton Roads/

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

Bob Boyd, BB&T
Bruce Bradley, Community Volunteer (chair)
John Broderick, Old Dominion University

Ann Kiley Crenshaw, Kaufman & Canoles
Kasia Grzelkowski, VersAbility Resources
Howard Hoege, University of Virginia
Mike Kuhns, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce/LEAD Peninsula
Cathy Lewis, CIVIC Leadership Institute
David Mele, Homes/com/Homes Media Solutions
Donna Morris, Hampton Roads Community Foundation (staff)
Ed Power, Inside Business/Target Media
Toy Savage, Willcox Savage
Deborah Stearns, Jones Lang LaSalle
Rick West, LEAD Hampton Roads

Key Recommendations of the Civic Leadership Study Group:

  • A standing committee of representatives from the three major civic organizations (CIVIC Leadership Institute, Lead Hampton Roads and LEAD Peninsula) should be formed to coordinate activities, avoid duplication and find opportunities for collaboration.
    The Leadership Task Force was created in 2014.
  • The committee should respond to a challenge issued by John O. “Dubby” Wynne, chair of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, by starting a world-class mentoring program for emerging community leaders. He issued that challenge when accepting the 2013 Darden Leadership Award from the CIVIC Leadership Institute.
    The Leadership Task Force is focusing on implementing this.
  • Since the CIVIC Leadership Institute was interested in adding external leadership skill components into its program, it should find a way to engage an outside consultant.*
    Result: A grant helped CIVIC hire a consultant from the University of Virginia to help enhance the existing program.

*External leadership skills would include such areas as learning about negotiation, building concensus and responsibilities of board service.


Read the Report

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