We are truly grateful to everyone who sponsors our programs and events. Your investment provides the margin that takes us from very good to great. Thank you for your support!

We seek sponsorships for the Center’s programs and events.  Sponsoring organizations gain visibility with the many regional leaders who follow and engage with us while directly supporting our work to expand the community’s leadership capacity.  We strive for sponsor partnerships in which both sides benefit.  Contact Liz Nohra at today to learn more.


Young Professionals CareOctober 8, 2019

Essentially a trade show featuring area nonprofits, this event puts attendees face to face with nonprofits who need volunteers.  Experience the breadth and depth of the community’s service sector in the most efficient way possible with opportunities to get involved on the spot.  This year the event will be held at Ballston Commons, promising a robust attendance for this already successful event.  Sponsorship information available here.

40 Under 40 – October 25, 2019

For the last five years, Leadership Center for Excellence, in partnership with Inside NOVA, has honored young leaders positively impacting the community through the 40 Under 40 celebration.  This year’s luncheon will be held on October 25, 2019 at Arlington’s Army Navy Country Club.  Honorees will be announced in early September.  Tickets, table purchases and sponsorship information available here.

Meet the Chair – January 16, 2020

Each January, Leadership Center for Excellence – in partnership with George Mason University -  hosts the first public appearance of the newly appointed Arlington County Chairperson.  This year’s event is scheduled for the evening of January 16, 2020.  Admission is free.  Sponsorship information available here.

MLK Day of Service – January 20, 2020

This “can’t be missed” celebration of Dr. King’s life was designed to help Arlington, Virginia make real his call to serve.  More than 1,000 people regularly attend this morning event followed by hands-on service projects throughout the County.  Participants sign up months in advance so they can achieve their choice volunteer assignments.  This event has been recognized as one of the most successful of its kind in the country.  Sponsorship information available here.

Leadership Summit – February 28, 2020

This year LCE celebrates the 5th Annual Leadership Summit, delivered in partnership with Leadership Fairfax, Leadership Greater Washington and Leadership Loudon.  Showcasing talented thought leaders and trainers from around the region and beyond, the 5th Annual Leadership Summit on February 28, 2020 promises to deliver leadership-advancing sessions on contemporary topics that participants will find immediately actionable.  Ticket and sponsorship information available here.

100 Leaders Who Serve – March 21, 2020

This unique dining event not only promises to be a memorable evening to raise scholarship support for LCE’s programs but is destined to become one of the most anticipated annual events in the area.   The evening is designed to turn traditional views of leadership upside down by featuring 100 prominent community leaders who will bring the theory of servant leadership to life.  The leaders will serve their favorite culinary specialty, giving attendees the choice of any of the 100 different food stations, creating a truly custom dining experience.  Guests will enjoy both this unrivaled variety of gastronomic choices as well as their interactions with the servers, as the leaders encourage happy diners to express appreciation with tips – the totals of which benefit LCE’s Scholarship Fund while providing bragging rights to the leaders.  Designed to be cool, casual and a community connector’s dream, 100 Leaders Who Serve has the potential to become 2020’s most talked about and appreciated networking/fundraising event.  You’ll want to say you were there for the very first one on March 21, 2020 – tickets and sponsorship information available here.

Legislative Breakfast – April 24, 2020

This event provides a chance for everyone to have breakfast at least once per year with Arlington’s elected state delegation.  Members of the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate share their leadership lessons learned during the recently concluded session in Richmond, giving attendees a unique take on elected leadership in the Commonwealth.  Ably emceed by the Sun Gazette’s own Scott McCaffrey, the discussion provides attendees with a rare and candid view of how area elected leaders advance their agendas in a diverse state with competing regions and priorities.  Tickets and sponsorship information available here.

 On Board! – June 5, 2020

If new to nonprofit board service or looking for the latest information on best practices, On Board gives attendees the answers they need to be better board members.  This interactive day - full of real-world examples of things going well and things going wrong - will leave attendees better prepared to have a positive impact on the nonprofits they serve.  The program promises to decipher the strange language of governance, demystify nonprofit fund accounting and make the Form 990 understandable.  Attendees will learn why checking insurance coverages is a must and show everyone how to participate in fundraising efforts without experiencing excessive social pain.  Good governance is critical to mission fulfillment and On Board helps board members ensure they are ready to perform.  Registration and sponsorship information available here.

Arlington Cares – - date TBD, summer 2020

Join 300+ Arlingtonians as they come together for an early evening meal to celebrate volunteerism and recognize several the community’s most inspiring volunteers.  This event renews the audience’s faith in the human spirit and encourages everyone to serve others. The event is free and sponsorship information is available here.


Convocation – September 12, 2019

All alumni are invited FREE OF CHARGE to this fall event to welcome the new members of Leadership Arlington Class of 2020 on September 12, 2019 at JBG Smith’s new Welcome Center in Crystal City. Designed to impress the many visiting companies considering relocation near Amazon’s HQ2, the Welcome Center showcases Arlington with a state-of-the-art visual display you will want to experience. Also, LCE’s leadership will make a major announcement affecting all 1,500+ program graduates.  Convocation promises to be the best leadership networking event of the fall season. Sponsorships are available here.

Alumni Series - TBD

LCE exists to expand leadership capacity through professional development and networking, and the Alumni Series was created to do both. In its inaugural year, this two-part fall and spring series will feature an end-of-day 90-minute professional development workshop followed by a 90-minute networking event. Designed to satisfy the mind and spirit, the Alumni Series is a great opportunity to encounter new learning in the company of great people. Tickets and sponsorships available here.

Reunion Breakfasts - TBD

Each spring plan to connect with fellow Leadership Arlington graduates for breakfast at Metro 29 Diner. Dates and times will be available by January 6, 2020.

Commencement – May 19, 2020

All LCE alumni are invited to join in celebrating the 2020 graduates of LCE’s Leadership Arlington, Ignite Young Professionals, Leadership Arlington Youth and DMV Diversity and Inclusion Institute and welcome them into the Center’s alumni network at Commencement on May 19, 2020. Be inspired by remarks from the recipient of the 2nd annual Torch Award for Ethics and meet and connect with new leaders as well as old friends. Commencement promises to be Arlington’s best networking event of the spring season. Tickets and sponsorship information available here.


Sponsorships for programs, program days and meals are available for the four Leadership Center for Excellence Programs. All program sponsors are recognized on site and online. Custom sponsorship benefits are available and encouraged. Contact Liz Nohra at for details.

Leadership Arlington

  • Program Days – individually priced from $2,500
  • Lunch Sponsors – $1,000
  • Overall Program – $25,000

Leadership Arlington Youth

  • Program Days – individually priced from $1,000
  • Lunch Sponsors – $500
  • Overall Program - $7,500

Ignite Young Professionals

  • Program Days – individually priced from $1,000
  • Lunch Sponsors - $500


Leadership Center for Excellence Scholarship Fund

As a nonprofit organization, the Center relies on donations to make programs accessible to all.  All gifts to the LCE Scholarship Fund are tax deductible, as allowable by law, and are aggregated to reduce the tuition for program applicants and registrants in all four programs with demonstrated financial need.

Donors who give at a level equal to or exceeding the following amounts may designate the program they wish to support and name their scholarship for themselves or someone they wish to honor or memorialize.  Named scholarships will be published and recognized at both Convocation and Graduation in the following manner – The Jane Doe Leadership Arlington Youth Scholarship, The John Doe Ignite Young Professional Half Scholarship.  Custom acknowledgement of honorees is available and encouraged.  While scholarship donors shall be appropriately recognized and acknowledged, recipients of named scholarship funds are always given the option to remain anonymous.  Donors wishing to name an annual scholarship, or to explore creation of a permanently endowed scholarship, should contact Liz Nohra, at

Leadership Arlington

  • 2021 Full Scholarship - $5,400
  • 2021 Half Scholarship - $2,700

Leadership Arlington Youth

  • 2021 Full Scholarship - $500
  • 2021 Half Scholarship - $250

Ignite Young Professionals

  • 2021 Full Scholarship - $2,950
  • 2021 Half Scholarship - $1,475

DMV Diversity and Inclusion Institute Scholarship

  • 2020 Full Scholarship - $4,000
  • 2020 Half Scholarship - $2,000


Given by those who appreciate the important role the Center plays in our community, gifts to the Annual Fund provide much needed unrestricted support.  These gifts are used for the Center’s most exciting opportunities and most pressing needs – providing the margin of excellence that differentiates our programs and offerings.  Gifts of all amounts are gratefully accepted to the Annual Fund and are recognized through our Annual Fund Honor Roll (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020).  For more information, contact Liz Nohra at