The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute is now recruiting for its Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI) and HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program. We hope that you help share these professional development opportunities with members of your organization and professional network.

Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI) (Applications will be considered beginning February 2, 2020)
The Minority Political Leadership Institute is a collaborative initiative of The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. The Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI) is an intensive eight-month experience designed to promote leadership development for individuals interested in issues important to minority communities including: community economics, political climate, civic engagement, and equity. MPLI offers insights regarding leadership legacy and culture, personal leadership, policy and legislative processes, responsible stewardship, public service, and integrity for future leaders. Each program year, participants engage and interact with communities across Virginia and learn about unique strengths and issues facing different regions of the Commonwealth. The 2020 program locations include: Richmond, Farmville, Lynchburg, Norfolk, and Washington, D.C.

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HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program (Applications are due November 15, 2019)
The HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program is a five-month leadership development experience for current and emerging women leaders who are committed to investing in themselves and their organizations. The program is designed to benefit women at all career levels in public, private, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial positions. Training opportunities promote personal and professional growth through leadership development, education, coaching, and networking. By engaging in intellectual and experiential workshops, participants learn key principles aimed at enhancing their leadership styles to help them successfully leverage opportunities for advancement.
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Join us for our 13th Annual HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Conference on Friday, November 1, 2019.
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You can learn more information about our programs and/or submit an application by visiting our website at Also, please feel free to contact The VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at 804-827-1169 or if with any questions.

We hope that you will encourage your colleagues and those in your professional networks to take advantage of these development opportunities!


The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs
Virginia Commonwealth University | P.O. Box 842534 | Richmond, Virginia 23284
916 W. Franklin Street | Millhiser House, Room 102
O. 804.827.1169 | F. 804.827.1238 |