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Leadership Prince William Class of 2014 Gathers at Manassas Airport

MANASSAS, Va. –– They’ve spend a year learning how to become better community-minded members of society, better business people, and better overall leaders.

On Thursday night, inside the terminal of Manassas Regional Airport, those leaders spoke about their experiences in an effort to attract new ones into the fold.

Leadership Prince William held its annual showcase reception where members of the current class of 2014 talked about their experiences, their classmates, and how they’ve grown.

“I realized I need to change the way my career is structured,” said Caroline Shaaber, of Woodbridge. “I own two small businesses and I realized that I am incredibly social and outgoing, and I work from home and that’s not how I’m at my best.”

The Leadership Prince William program started in 2008, and since then has selected a core group of applicants for a year-long program of personal and professional enrichment. On one day each month, they exchange ideas, meet community leaders and elected officials, learn new ways of approaching business challenges, and build professional friendships.

The camaraderie among past members of the program was evident Thursday when the speaker made mention of the Leadership class of 2009, the second class to have graduated through the program.

“Second to none,” shouted Bennett Whitlock, a ’09 graduate.

Ramunda Young in the 2014 class was called an “all star” by her peers. For her, it’ll be the relationships made during the class that she’ll take with her in the years to come.

“It takes someone who is very engaged with their peers, someone who is not afraid to speak up with the conversation arises and, I think, trying to meld those two together, and being passionate about the community can make anyone an all star,” said Young.

The current class will graduate on June 13 at a special ceremony called “An Evening of Excellence” to be held at Harbor View Events Center at 13200 Marina Way in Woodbridge.

The next batch of applicants for the program is now being accepted thorough June 20. There is a $50 application fee and, if accepted, tuition for the program is $2,800.

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