Emerging Leaders Academy


The Virginia Tech Emerging Leaders Academy is designed for high-potential employees who wish to grow professionally.   

The Academy is a partnership between York County, James City County and Virginia Tech's Outreach and International Affairs Division.  York County will select 12 Academy attendees and James City County will select 12 as well.

Qualified applicants must have at least one year (or 2080 hours) of County service and currently hold a supervisory or leadership position within the County.

The program runs from January 2020 - September 2020 and begins with a kick-off breakfast held at Virginia Tech's new offices in Tech Center. The breakfast will be followed by an Academy overview and a Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) will be conducted for each participant.

An essential component of the Academy is the Mentoring Program which connects leadership in a different reporting line to Academy participants. Mentors are provided with a two-hour training session outlining how the Mentoring Program works, its benefits, and ideas for working with the mentees.

Academy participants will attend regular half-day morning sessions which are launched with a keynote speaker who is a leader in the organization(s). The keynote speaker(s) will provide the organizational vision on the topic for that session.  The participants will also spend time each month with their assigned mentor.

A highlight of the Academy is the presentation of the Capstone Project at the graduation session.  This project is an authentic, organizational-developed project that will involve the participants finding solutions to real time opportunities within their municipalities.

View the program's video overview > > >  [12 min.] 

ELA_slide 1


The topics covered during the sessions include: 

  • Leadership Basics and Self Reflection
  • Mentorship Program - Value and Expectations
  • Communication for Development
  • Role of Organizational Culture
  • Cultural and Generational Diversity
  • Strategic Management
  • Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Capstone Project Presentation and Academy Graduation

Qualified, current County employees should visit the Emerging Leaders Academy Page on our intranet, the Navigator, for more information and to apply for a spot in the upcoming Academy.

Any questions should be directed to Amy Etheridge, Deputy Director of Human Resources.  Amy can be reached at 757-890-3687.