Lead Culpeper

Leadership Development

There is always a need for citizens to assume leadership roles in our community.  The Culpeper Chamber of Commerce has developed a program that will introduce participants to the intricacies of our community and the region.  Each Lead Culpeper class will be given access to leaders in business, government and education in order to gain a unique perspective on our community.   Leadership is a skill that can be developed through practice, study, and insight.  If you have an interest in serving Culpeper, Lead Culpeper is your starting point.

Lead Culpeper 2018 Brochure

The mission and goals of Lead Culpeper are:

  • Identify potential leaders.
  • Provide participants a unique perspective on Culpeper County and the region.
  • Educate participants about the opportunities and challenges in Culpeper and the region.
  • Bring these potential leaders into contact with present leaders.
  • Develop a spirit of working together for the benefit of Culpeper and the region.
  • Establish an alumni association to continue leadership development in Culpeper and the region and to provide a forum for ongoing contact and discussion.

For questions please contact Martha Sanford at 540-825-8628

2018 Schedule

January 18 & 19     Leadership Development and Team Building

February 16             Economic Development

March 16                   Education

April 20                     Agriculture

May 18                       Team Building

June 15                      Arts, Culture & History

July 20                      Health & Wellness

August 17                 Non-Profits

September 21         Legislative Field Trip

October 19               Small Business

November 8           Graduation Ceremony at The Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

Thank you to our 2018 Lead Culpeper Business Partner,

Yount, Hyde & Barbour CPAs & Consultants!



Thank you to the  Culpeper Chamber Young Professionals and   The Culpeper Wellness Foundation for their generosity in providing scholarships!


What our graduates have said:

   I went into Lead Culpeper expecting to learn more about my community. What I didn’t envision was learning more about myself. Lead Culpeper has helped me identify character traits about myself that I didn’t even know I possessed and it has helped me to exploit them. Most importantly, I forged life-long relationships with my Lead Culpeper 2016 classmates and those bonds will surely lead to a better community as we work together on a common goal – to make Culpeper a more inviting place to live

~ Jeff Say, Editor – Rappahannock Media/Culpeper Times

A deep dive to understand our community, businesses, history and influences. Insights from speakers involved  in influencing every aspect of our economy. Growing through the year alongside a cohort of peers that grew into friendships I enjoy to this date.  A richer appreciation of the contributions of the Chamber.  All of this and so much more from attending Lead Culpeper. If your’re serious about settling ad advancing your business ad community roots here – do it.

~ Irene Karedis Borys, Cyberbility

 Lead Culpeper 2014 was a very worthwhile experience. I have worked in Culpeper for nearly 30 years and honestly thought I knew the community fairly well. What I discovered was that in spite of my assumptions there were people and organizations that I knew little about. When I say this I am not  only talking about the places we visited and leaders we met but also the members of my 2014 Lead cohorts who I now consider friends.

~ Ed Dunphy, Director of Retail Marketing-CFC Farm & Home Center