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ICMA SEI Leadership Institute

This 7-day leadership program is offered in conjunction with the Senior Executive Institute of the University of Virginia and is held at the Darden School in Charlottesville, Virginia once a year in late spring.

Registration Information

Dates: May 31-June 7

Fee: $3,750,  includes all program costs, tuition, materials, special events, and most meals. It does not include travel or lodging; Team rates are available, contact flittky@icma.org for details.

January 3: Early Bird Ends - Apply early and save $100.

January 31: Application period closes.

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Sponsored by ICMA University and University of Virginia, this special Senior Executive Institute (SEI) “super session” is a unique opportunity for you to experience the core of the two-week SEI program packed into one week. You will spend valuable class and networking time with members of the “next gen” Leadership ICMA class and with other senior executives and assistants.  The core of the program is the study of leadership and the leaders role in high performance organizations.

The program is limited to 20 senior executives. The institute offers seven days of intensive, interactive learning alongside 15 members of the "next-gen" Leadership ICMA Class. The curriculum, designed by the faculty at UVA's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and Felicia Logan, ICMA's Director of Leadership Development, is varied. 

ICMA University in conjunction with the faculty and staff of the Senior Executive Institute (SEI) at  University of Virginia is pleased to offer a unique seven-day SEI program for senior local government managers and participants in Leadership ICMA. The class will be held at the University of Virginia’s (UVA) renowned Colgate Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, VA. Participants will stay within walking distance, at the nearby Residence Inn by Marriott.

Darden Entrance


SEI is designed specifically for senior local government managers, and is held at the University of Virginia’s (UVA) renowned Colgate Darden School of Business. The curriculum, designed by the faculty at UVA's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, is varied, and the faculty well-grounded in the needs and concerns of the top local government executive. As a participant in the program, you will have ample opportunity to hone skills and test strategies that can help you build a high performance organization. If you have made the commitment to your career in local government, you should consider attending ICMA SEI Leadership Institute. You'll take away these important benefits: 

  • Extensive peer-level and “next gen” communication. Increase networking and mentoring opportunities as a result of participating in SEI events.
  • Expanded knowledge. Gain in-depth insights into every aspect of local government leadership and management.
  • Professional recognition. Peers, staff, and local government leaders all value the SEI certification designation. 

Registration. We are now accepting applications for the 2014 ICMA SEI Leadership Institute.  Apply here by January 31, 2014. The fee for this seven-day program is $3,750. Team rates are available; contact Felicia Littky at flittky@icma.org. 

Register by January 3, 2014 to receive $100 discount!  The fee includes all program costs, tuition, materials, special events, and most meals. It does not include travel or lodging.

Dates: May 31-June 7, 2014

Acceptance: ICMA will e-mail you regarding acceptance within six weeks of registration.

Lodging: The University of Virginia will contact you with room block information closer to time.

Eligibility Requirements

A total of 20 top managers and assistants will be selected for this institute along with 15 Leadership ICMA Class members. One goal of this program is to experience executive leadership in a multigenerational learning community sponsored by ICMA University and University of Virginia. Credentialed managers will be given preference. 

Contact: If you have questions, please e-mail flittky@icma.org 


This program continues to receive rave reviews from both the young professionals and the senior managers. “The most significant and life changing leadership development program I have ever been part of” is how many described the 7-day program.  We hope you will consider making this unique leadership development opportunity part of your professional development.

"This was a great program and exceeded my expectations in every way. Learning important yet common sense approaches to making changes in the organization was the best outcome of the week’s investment."
—Shelli Siemer, Assistant City Manager, City of Allen,Texas

"The Leadership ICMA Senior Executive was one of my greatest participative learning experiences ever. The program was well conducted and orchestrated for maximum benefit and experience. I look forward to other learning opportunities in the future through ICMA University or related venues. Thanks."
— Kevin Vann, Police Captain, City of Winchester, Virginia

"I have wanted to do the SEI program for years and the one week program made it possible. It was a great mix of emerging leaders and credentialed managers and the program far exceeded my expectations. The 'next geners' made me confident that we have great local government leaders emerging."
— Mark Wollenweber, ICMA-CM, retired City Administrator, City of Grosse Point Woods, Michigan

"This was a life altering event. I believe that the mix of the class was outstanding. We learned from each other. I was able to get in touch with my feelings and passion again."
— Jim Fisher, ICMA-CM, City Manager, City of Murphy, Texas