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HillVets LEAD

Applications for LEAD Cohort 8 will open in early 2023.

Leadership

Ethics

Advocacy

Dedication to Self-improvement

A Second-to-None Leadership/Mentorship Program

for the Future Leaders of our Nation

What is the HillVets LEAD Program?

The mission of the HillVets LEAD Program is to assist in the professional development and growth of Military Veterans, spouses, and survivors; active-duty Service Members, Guardsmen and Reservists; Capitol Hill or Executive Branch staffers; and VSO employees into the greater policy and politics ecosystem by tools, networking, mentorship, and experience necessary to take on leadership positions in policy on Capitol Hill or in the Greater DC Area.

Think of LEAD as similar to taking a 16-week class: there are weekly mandatory meetings, readings & assignments, and a culminating project.

Thanks to HillVets’ amazing partners and sponsors, there is no cost to participate.

Participants are not required to live in the greater Washington DC Metropolitan area — those who do will be expected to participate in-person as able; those who do not can participate virtually.

We call our LEAD Program participants “Protégés”.

Is the HillVets LEAD Program Right for Me?

If you can commit to participating in weekly learning sessions (either in-person or virtually) held on Mondays from 6:00-8:00pm (Eastern), then the HillVets LEAD Program could be right for you.

If you are a policy, media/communications, advocacy, government relations, or political professional looking to take your leadership and self-improvement to a new level, then the HillVets LEAD Program could be right for you.

If you believe in discourse, healthy debate, respect, and putting our country before politics; value grit and grind to make it happen; are resilient, mission-focused, and team oriented; share a commitment to our Nation, democracy, and diversity; have top notch integrity and a moral compass; write well, work well with others, and have strong experience in policy and politics, then the HillVets LEAD Program could be right for you.

If you are a dedicated individual who can devote about 3 hours per week for 16 weeks to improving your skills alongside some of our Nation’s most sought-after leaders, then the HillVets LEAD Program could be right for you.

If you are willing to be placed in a “fireteam” of approximately 10 Protégés who will push each other to success and be a lifelong support system to each other, then the HillVets LEAD Program could be right for you.

If you can work alongside your fellow fire team Protégés to create a culminating Capstone project, then the HillVets LEAD Program could be right for you.

If you are willing to stay engaged with the organization in the years to come, look for ways to improve each other and the program, and pay it forward to those who follow in your footsteps, then the HillVets LEAD Program could be right for you.

As a HillVets LEAD Protégé you can expect:

  • Leadership training and mentorship that emphasizes four core areas that we value: Leadership, Ethics, Advocacy, and Dedication to Self-Improvement
  • A new support team, your “Fireteam”, which will consist of approximately 10 high-speed fellow Protégés who will support you, and whom you will support as you move up the ladder of success
  • Second-to-none policy/communications training in one of three areas: veteran policy, defense, or communications/media
  • Mentorship from and access to current and previous HillVets LEAD Capstone panelists
  • Access to all future cohort training sessions
  • Access to all future HillVets LEAD Capstone events and other special events
  • The opportunity to lead forums, discussions, and projects with other LEAD Protégés and Ambassadors
  • The opportunity to become a HillVets Ambassador someday and provide the same excellent mentorship to future Protégés that you once received

Still have questions? Reach out to contact@hillvets.org.