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.
Interested candidates may complete an online application. Once accepted, all HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program candidates must submit the program fee no later than January 1st, 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
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
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2534
The program fee for the HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program is $1,750 (which includes the $250 application fee). Payment is due January 1st. The program fee 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. Program fee payments can be made by the sponsoring organization or by individuals. Participants are responsible for securing their own transportation for program sessions.
Participants who complete the HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program will receive a certificate of completion from The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute.