Leadership Development Program

APA Virginia's 2023 Leadership Development Program

 In the planning field, we need more people that are up for the challenge of leadership, including the required investment of time and energy to address the planning issues of our generation, such as housing, climate change, and racial equity. Above all, leadership is a commitment to people and the greater good. If you're looking to take that next step in your career, this Leadership Development Program will help to guide you in your pursuit to become the effective leader you wish to be.

Program & Schedule

Meetings are scheduled over the course of a six-month period in. Each of the six-courses are scheduled as two and a half-hour morning sessions ( 9:00AM-11:30AM). Prior to each meeting, participants are expected to complete the requested course prep assignment to help them prepare for the meeting. If you are interested, completed applications must be submitted to the APA Virginia Chapter at president@apavirginia.com no later than December 16, 2022. Access the form HERE. 

Topics to be covered:


January 7th 2023: Introduction & Leadership Values

With guest speakers: Lorna Parkins, FAICP & Andrew Hopewell, AICP

February 4th 2023: Mindset  

With guest speakers: Kurt Christiansen, FAICP & Glenn Larson, FAICP

March 4th 2023: Emotional Intelligence 

With guest speakers: Earl W. Anderson, AICP & Vlad Gavrilovic, AICP

April 15th 2023: Negotiation 

With guest speakers: Julie Pastor, FAICP & Martha Mason Semmes, FACIP

May 20th 2023: Diversity & Inclusion 

With guest speaker: Nicole Bennett, AICP

June 10th 2023: Leadership Reflections 

With guest speaker: Lorna Parkins, FAICP & Andrew Hopewell, AICP


*View the full 2023 DRAFT schedule HERE which includes course preparation items and topic details. 

If you are interested, completed applications must be submitted to the APA Virginia Chapter at president@apavirginia.com no later than December 16, 2022.

Access the form HERE. 


The cost of the entire program is $50.00. Further details regarding payment will be shared soon.