Transforming RVA 2017

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This program provides the opportunity for ENLP alumni to learn from four seasoned and successful local leaders who are making a remarkable difference in Richmond.  Participants will learn about transformational leadership and have an opportunity to reflect on their own leadership.


The program aims to inspire ENLP grads to continue to be agents of positive change for our community.  Through the program, participants will:

  1. Learn about the key competencies involved in transformational leadership, such as disruptive innovation.
  2. Gain insight into the changing landscape of our City, and
  3. Sharpen their own leadership tools related to transformational leadership.


Six sessions, two-hours each, will be held over the course of 3 months, beginning in February 2017.   The first session features a workshop on transformational leadership with Susan Wilkes, while the next four sessions entail site visits to the organizations run by our transformational leaders and assisted by Susan.  The final session with Susan Wilkes allows for participants to reflect on their own leadership and consolidate learning.  Participants will also be invited and encouraged to attend the ENLP Closing Luncheon in June with the graduating cohort.

The organizations below are each transforming the landscape of our community and are led by a transformational leader.  Each also has an interesting site to visit.

  • Damon Jiggets, Peter Paul Development Center
  • Tanya Gonzales, Sacred Heart Center
  • Lisa Freiman, Institute for Contemporary Art
  • Jon Lugbill, Sports Backers

Dates and Location

The first and last sessions will be held on Friday mornings at The Community Foundation, while  the sessions to be held onsite at area nonprofits are scheduled as available.

  • Session 1:  Friday, February 17, 9-11am, at The Community Foundation
  • Session 2: March 17, 9-11am, at Peter Paul Development Center
  • Session 3: April 7, 9-11am, at Sacred Heart Center
  • Session 4 April 21, 9-11am, at the Institute for Contemporary Art
  • Session 5: May 5, 9-11am, at Sports Backers
  • Session 6:  Friday, June 2, 9-11 am, The Community Foundation
  • ENLP Graduation Luncheon:  Wed, June 14, 12-2 pm, Weinstein JCC


This program is limited to ENLP alumni who are engaged in the nonprofit sector through employment or volunteer work. We hope to accommodate everyone who registers. If the program reaches its maximum, we will balance the cohort with participants from different organizations. Early registration will be treated favorably, so please register as soon as possible.

Interested alumni should complete the following online registration form by COB, February 1, 2017. 


In order to include a relationship building component, the program would be limited to 20 participants.  The minimum is 10.


$250 per person, includes the sessions and attendance at the June ENLP graduation luncheon. Payment is due upon acceptance into the program. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please contact Eleanor for details.

Contact Senior Program Manager, Eleanor Jones, with any questions: or 804-409-5622