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Charlottesville: Path to Resilience


  • May 29-31, 2019 at Federal Executive Institute (FEI), 1301 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903, Tuition: $3500  (#24496)   REGISTER


As many cities large and small around America wrangled with their past in relation to Civil War statues, Charlottesville has been no exception. For many reasons though, the quiet university town of Charlottesville was thrust onto the national and even international stage in 2017 as the debate over monuments went deeper than many imagined they would and exploded on the streets of Charlottesville with violence.

Come to Charlottesville and explore the influence of history upon more recent events and examine the paths taken since the events of 2017 to seek recovery and resilience.

This course will explore how to bounce back from adversity. We will explore your own resilience as a leader, and your ability to transition from traumatic experiences and also how you can help your organization do the same. In today’s VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) it is hard to tell where and when the next Charlottesville could be, and a Resilient leader strengthens their team and themselves in advance.

If you have already been through the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program, this is a great chance to have an LDT reunion. If you haven’t, this is a great chance to see what FEI has to offer.

How You Will Benefit

Applying lessons from the Charlottesville experience, participants will diagnose their own individual and organizational resiliency, and create strategies to prepare for whatever challenges might be on the horizon.

Who Should Attend

  • Senior Executive Service members, GS-15s or their equivalents
  • Selected senior non-federal employees, to include Private sector, state and local government who are of an equivalent grade/level (as determined by FEI)
  • GS-14 Federal employees (and equivalents in other pay systems) who have executive-level duties may request a grade waiver to participate in the LDS program. Please refer to the Enrolling in the Leadership for a Democratic Society program page for additional information and guidance.

Additional Information

Completion of the Leadership for a Democratic Society program is ideal, but not required.


Lodging and meals are included in the tuition. Lodging starts the first evening of the program and ends on the last day of the program.