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Williamsburg Leadership Institute  

Registration is now open to all ICMA members!

2017 Information

event Dates

November 5 - November 8, 2017

Registration Fee

$895 ICMA Members
$995 Nonmembers

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$250 of your fee is non-refundable now through July 15th.  After July 15th the full program fee is non-refundable.


If you have questions, please e-mail Nedra James, Program Manager, Professional Development at njames@icma.org.

Today's best leaders have a deeper appreciation and fresh perspective on change, civility, continuity, values, and leadership. In this program, you'll uncover the relevance of Williamsburg in the 1770s with what is happening in our communities today, enabling you to become the type of leader that provides citizens with the best tools and information to create a well informed and involved community. 

What You Can Expect

Leadership lessons begin as you talk with fellow citizen Thomas Jefferson, and continued with first-hand experiences, including time in George Wythe’s classroom discussing the political and cultural unrest as our nation was formed.

What You'll Learn

Engage for three days in a highly interactive leadership study that contrasts the core values of the U.S. Founders (who maintained continuity of purpose during times of civil unrest and social upheaval) with today’s turbulent times.

Who Should Attend

Williamsburg Leadership Institute is designed for credentialed local government executives and encore professionals.

Registration & Details

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Registration fee

$895 ($795 for those applying by May 31, 2017) tuition per person. Registration fees include two dinners, two breakfasts, one lunch and a CWF Visitor Pass good for the length of your stay. ICMA members-registration is open! This fee does not include hotel.

Registration deadline

ICMA will accept applications until the program is full. Successful candidates will be notified and confirmed as soon as payment is received. Payment in full should be made upon application.  Space is limited! All ICMA members are welcome to apply.


Attendees will stay at the Brick House, 136 East Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23815, in the historic area of Colonial Williamsburg.  ICMA will arrange for the rooms at the Brick House, however each attendee is responsible for the $189/per night fee (plus tax).

Getting to Williamsburg

If you are flying, the nearest airports are in Richmond, VA (45-minutes away) and Newport News, VA (25-minutes away).  No need to rent a car to get from the airport to Williamsburg.  You may book a shuttle ride through Tidewater Coach

Professional development guidelines

This institute can help fulfill your annual professional development requirements as outlined in the guidelines for Tenet 8 of the ICMA Code of Ethics.

What People Are Saying About the Williamsburg Leadership Institute

"The value to me was seeing the value tensions in City government and determining when there is time to compromise, reform, be a conservative, or satisficer. I was impressed by the strong convictions of the Patriots and their resolve to create a democratic government governed by the people."

--- Jim Patrick, City Manager, City of Storm Lake

"The focus on the creation of our nations representative democracy has impacted me greatly. Through the program I have come to the realization that the City has a great responsibility to provide the tools and information to citizens so that they have the opportunity to become good and active citizens. And I have come up with a half dozen activities and efforts that will be done to give our citizens to have more and better tools to be informed and involved in our local government."

--- Steve Lindner, City Administrator, City of De Witt

Click here to learn more on the history of Williamsburg. 

Special thanks to The city of Williamsburg and to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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