Providing rising leaders a path to knowledge, self assessment, and skills development. Apply today for our all-new Emerging Leaders Program, targeted to those who are early in their leadership journey, and have demonstrated an interest in furthering their careers by enhancing their knowledge and capabilities.



Orientation: March 7, 7-9:00 p.m. (required)


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Program consists of 8 required Session Dates held on Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m.: March 14 // March 21 // March 28 // April 4 // April 11 // April 25 // May 2 // May 9    



All sessions will be held in the offices of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, located at 9720 Capital Court, Suite 203; Manassas, VA 20110.

Hybrid learning opportunity may be possible on a per session basis depending on subject-matter and/or circumstances. 




JESSE J. CITIZEN, JR. [LINKEDIN PROFILE] M: (703) 220-8660 Email: 

Jesse Citizen is a Retired Air Force officer, retired federal civilian and life-long learner who has served at all levels of the Department of Defense (DoD). With a history of collaboration across the National and International defense and industry environments, he is skilled in Defense and Federal sector strategic planning, change management, and operational training.


EDUCATION -OPM Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in-resident program, “Leading for a Democratic Society” -Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL -Master of Public Administration, George Washington University, Washington, DC -Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL -Certificate of Informational System Management, University of Southern California, CA -Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE • Senior DoD advisor/consultant supporting the Longevity Consulting Solutions, LLC, strategic business development within Defense and federal sector. • Executive coach supporting the Inclusion Alchemy team consulting with non-profit and philanthropy organizations on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. ( • Completed the University of South Florida Muma College of Business, Certificate of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace certificate, May 2021. ( • Licensed IDI Qualified Administrator, Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®),, May 2020. • Strategic Advisor, Volunteer Future Kings, ( • Oct 2019 – Present: Volunteer member on the NDIA National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) operations team: ( • Aug 2007 – Oct 2019: Director, Department of Defense Modeling and Simulation Coordination Office, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, The Pentagon Focal point for Defense-wide Modeling and Simulation (M&S). • Led a 23-person military, civilian and contractor team’s execution of the Defense M&S portfolio supporting the Department’s M&S senior leadership, management and governance activities. Met stakeholders’ needs in one of the largest federal organizations in the world. • Directed the key areas of internal office management including administrative, financial, personnel, information and physical security, assets, and facility management. •…and much more!

Sessions 1- 3 focus on individual reflection and awareness.

Session 1, March 14:“Understanding the Professional Environment” // Instructors: Steve Daves, Owner, R.W. Murray Co. (LPW ’09) and Christina Daves, Speaker/Trainer/PR Strategist/Author/Entrepreneur


Session 2, March 21: “Leading & Managing Yourself” // Instructor: Alfranda “Al” Durr, CEO, ALD & Associates


Session 3, March 28: “Rethinking Communication” // Instructor: Greg Ballard, CEO, FiveC Consulting (LPW ’18)


Session 4, April 4: “Leadership & Awareness” // Instructor: Robert (Bob) Schneider, PhD, Executive Director, OmniRide (LPW ’18)


Session 5, April 11: “Networking & Personal Development” // Instructor: Eric Reeves, PhD, Senior Learning & Development Manager/Solutions Architect, LEIDOS (LPW ’18)


Session 6, April 25: “Intercultural Communications” //  Instructor: Jesse Citizen 


Session 7, May 2 & Session 8, May 9: Class Members Will Deliver Their Professional Development Plans






The ideal candidate for this program will…


  • Live or work in Prince William County/City of Manassas/City of Manassas Park for at least one year before January 1, 2022;
  • Embrace diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Be at least 20 years old and early in your leadership journey;
  • Be committed to personal and professional growth.


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