Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges


The VFIC looks forward to welcoming the inaugural class in November 2019 for “STARTING NOW”, the VFIC Women’s Leadership Development Summit. The Summit is designed to empower young women who are attending a VFIC member college or university. Selected students will join fellow VFIC students from across the Commonwealth for a three-day summit to hear from dynamic and inspirational corporate and civic leaders about the skills needed to assume positions of authority in professional and personal settings. These students will explore their own personal pursuits in the areas of leadership, celebrate their current skills, and identify and further strengthen the areas needed to recognize their full potential.

This program would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors:

  • Altria
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Dominion Energy
  • Union Bank
  • The Jessie Ball duPont Fund

Program Overview

November 7-9, 2019 at the Omni Richmond Hotel and Conference Center , Richmond, VA

The Summit will open on Thursday, November 7 with check-in beginning at 2:00 p.m. followed by an opening session at 4:00 p.m. The opening session will provide the attendees with the opportunity to meet young women from other VFIC schools. Following the session will be a welcome reception and dinner. Friday morning starts off a day that will be full with team building activities, leadership development speakers, and a local cultural tour. The program will conclude after a Saturday morning session and send-off luncheon.

For more information, please contact Mary-Beth Johnson at or 804.288.6609.

VFIC Women's Leadership Development Summit Documents

Signature Sponsors


Dominion Energy


Atlantic Union Bank

Jessie Ball Dupont Fund