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Leadership Fuquay-Varina

Leadership Fuquay-Varina educates qualified business people and interested residents from the Town of F-V on the qualities of effective leaders, the functions of town government and the local systems that create community. This program will grow a sustainable, diverse network of citizens that develop and maintain a broad awareness of their community assets and local government infrastructure. Successful graduates will have a deeper appreciation for the potential of civic and municipal leaders to make significant contributions to their towns, their fellow citizens, and their families. Furthermore, graduates will become champions of commitment and responsibility to the future success and growth within the community of Fuquay-Varina.

The program includes sessions on the following topics:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Nonprofits in Our Community
  • Town & County Government
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Cultural Resources
  • Economic Development

Benefits of Local Leadership Programs:

To Participants & Employers

  • Broader and more profound knowledge of the functions of community
  • Deeper appreciation for the potential of civic and municipal leaders to make significant contributions to their communities, networks, careers, and families
  • Heightened appreciation of the value of working with diverse partners
  • More meaningful commitment to higher levels of community service
  • Community recognition for participating in Leadership Fuquay-Varina
  • Greatly expanded and diverse network of friends and colleagues
  • Introduction to and communication with community leaders
  • Leadership training benefitting both employers and participants

To the Community of Fuquay-Varina

  • Improved quality of life in our town as a result of participants’ increased understanding of what is required to sustain a community and increased exposure to opportunities for participation
  • A broader pool of quality leaders and board members for civic and municipal positions
  • A valuable economic development asset to promote to prospective businesses and residents

Qualifications for Participation

All candidates must:

  • Be a minimum of mid-twenties in age with work experience and/or a history of civic and municipal volunteerism
  • Not be a candidate for elected office at the time of registration
  • Be willing to make the commitment of time and resources to complete the program (attendance required at all events and classes), including 8 hours of community service
  • Live within our Urban Service Area (USA) and have a resident/business/civic/municipal interest in F-V

Additional Information:

  • Program runs annually from September to June
  • Meets on the first Wednesday of each month
  • Sessions run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Lunch is included
  • Attendance at each session is mandatory
  • Occasional social, civic, and curricular activities outside of sessions
  • Eight-hour group community service requirement
  • Program fee: $500

The application period for the 2017-2018 cohort has closed. For more information or to submit an application for 2018-2019, email lynanne.fowle@gmail.com. More information about the program is always available on our Facebook page.

Leadership Course Graduates

Ann Marie AmicoAnn Marie Amico

Amico Brand Design


Beth Cassels-Anderson

Cisco Systems

Brandon Conover

Practical Scientific Solutions

Betty Lyn Walters EllerBetty Lyn Eller

Manhatten Magnolia


lynanne fowleLynanne Fowle

Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce


Bryan HaynesBryan Haynes

Evergreen Consulting, Inc.


Barrett MartinBarrett Martin

Johnson Optometric Associates


Dawn RussellDawn Russell

Wake Christian Academy


Amanda SherrodAmanda Sherrod

Senter, Stephenson, and Johnson PA


David Spivey

Bob Barker Company

Robin WellingsLoftusRobin WellingsLoftus

Edward Jones

Maryulett ChestangeMaryulett Chestang

John Deere Turf Care


Katie DiesKatie Dies

Stick Boy Bread Company/The Mill


Stephanie GallowayStephanie Galloway

Assured Audiology & Hearing Solutions


Chris Grimes

Town of Fuquay-Varina

Ruby HaynesRuby Haynes

Evergreen Consulting, Inc.


Nancy JohnsNancy Johns

Bob Barker Company


Ann SmithAnne Smith



Paul SolomanPaul Solomon

Shining Stars Therapy

Lauren Biconish

State Farm Insurance – Jonathan Holland

Elisabeth Boyles

The Corner Biergarten


Todd MacIntyre

Four Oaks Bank


Scott Quilty



Jovita Simons

Jovita’s Place


Dawn Solomon

Shining Stars Therapy

Virginia Johnson

Empowered Ideas (in progress)

Naomi Riley

NC Main Street Program (in progress)