Application

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Selection Criteria

Participation in the HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program is open to women from all career fields. Those selected to be participants must be able to devote two days per month to the program. Accepted participants are responsible for securing appropriate release time from work for all training events. Applicants who represent faith, community or nonprofit organizations as volunteers and who have full- or part-time positions in other sectors are responsible for discussing with their supervisor the appropriateness of professional development time or other arrangements to attend these leadership development sessions during the work day. 

Application Requirements

Interested candidates may complete an online application. Once accepted, all HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program candidates must submit the tuition fee no later than Jan. 1, 2020, to secure space as a participant.

All required documents must be received by the application deadline for your application to be complete. Please ensure that your application contains the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • One-paragraph bio sketch (no more than 100 words)
  • $250 application fee (Application fee may be paid by credit card, check, or purchase order. Please note that applications are not considered complete until payment is received.)

Application materials should be submitted to:

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute
Virginia Commonwealth University
916 West Franklin Street, First Floor
Box 842534
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2534

Tuition

Tuition for the HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program is $1,500 (which includes the $200 application fee). The tuition covers all program costs, including intensive leadership assessments, an overnight retreat, registration for the annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference and meals on program days. Tuition payments can be made by the sponsoring organization or by individuals. Participants are responsible for securing their own transportation for program sessions.

Individuals selected for participation in the 2020 class of HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program will be notified of acceptance by Dec. 2, 2019. Once accepted, all HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program candidates must submit the remaining $1,300 tuition fee no later than Jan. 1, 2020, to secure space as a participant.

Certificate

Participants who complete the HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program will receive a certificate of completion from the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute.