Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges


Are you a full-time, undergraduate, female student entering your junior or senior year at a VFIC school and looking for an opportunity to nurture and build your leadership skills? If your answer is yes, then this program is for you.

“STARTING NOW”, the VFIC Women’s Leadership Summit is designed to empower young women who are attending a VFIC member college or university. With an accepted application, you 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. You will explore your own personal pursuits in the areas of leadership, celebrate your skills, and identify and further strengthen the areas needed to recognize your full potential.

Applications will be accepted on a competitive basis. A total of 75 students will be selected. The application deadline is March 31, 2019. The class of 2019 will be announced before April 30, 2019. There is no cost to attend except transportation to and from Richmond.

Further develop your confidence to lead, participate in informative sessions, and expand your leadership skills by applying today to attend the Summit.

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.

Program Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a rising junior or senior and enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student at a VFIC member college. (Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, Hollins University, Mary Baldwin University, Marymount University, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar College, University of Lynchburg, University of Richmond, Virginia Wesleyan University, Washington and Lee University)
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Involved in extracurricular activities
  • Have a demonstrated interest in learning more about personal leadership development
  • Have reliable transportation to and from the Summit (The VFIC will do our best to put students in touch with other students from their campuses who will be attending.)

Application Information and Deadlines

  • Applications are now being accepted for STARTING NOW: VFIC 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit.
  • A completed application is required and can be accessed here: STARTING NOW Application 
  • Deadline for applying is March 31.
  • Notification of class membership will be before April 30, 2019
  • A maximum of seventy-five students will be invited to attend. A wait list will be created and utilized should a participant need to withdraw for any reason. If you find you are not available to attend the summit in its entirety, please do not apply.

Program Fees

The only cost that attendees will be responsible for is transportation to and from the Summit and any incidentals outside of the main provisions of the summit. Carpooling is suggested.

Join us for STARTING NOW: VFIC Women’s Leadership Summit!

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

Signature Sponsors


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