About Leadership Center for Excellence

Leadership Center for Excellence, an outgrowth of Leadership Arlington, grows individual, organizational and community capacity for success through innovative consulting and leadership training. Established as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, our organization offers a variety of personal and professional development opportunities for both individuals and organizations.

The mission of Leadership Center for Excellence is to enlighten, inspire and connect leaders through community building and leadership development

With the growth and expansion of its training and custom consulting programs, Leadership Arlington, having 15 years of established success, and Leadership Center for Excellence transpired into one entity in 2016.

Whether you apply to become a member of one of our programs, work with our team of experts through a customized engagement or attend an educational workshop, you’ll connect with a dynamic organization that allows you to expand your leadership footprint while building relationships necessary to address individual leadership, organizational and community challenges.

Offerings include:

  • Custom consulting to clients in the nonprofit, public and private sectors. Working with Leadership Center for Excellence means working with proven practitioners dedicated to addressing leadership and management opportunities with best practices, real world experience and a unique level of thoughtfulness. It means we are poised to deliver services that develop you – and your colleagues – into intentional leaders for your organization, business or community.
  • Leadership development for trained leaders who are committed to building and strengthening their communities. Our continuum of training ensures that leaders at any stage in their personal and professional development are equipped with tools to impact change. These programs include:
  • Executive Forums provide a place where you and other high – level managers and executives can form confidential brain trusts with the help of an ICF – certified executive coach to continue further developing your leadership skills, identifying new professional or personal goals and finding solutions to challenges you may not feel comfortable discussing with your office or suite mates.
  • Leadership Arlington is a nine-month program for established community leaders and senior – level professionals that combines an issues-based curriculum with a unique skill building component to encourage personal and professional growth.
  • The Young Professionals Program provides the opportunity for fast – track young leaders to cultivate necessary leadership skills while expanding their network in the greater Washington, DC region. This four-month program engages participants in sessions designed to increase self – awareness and develop the confidence to lead themselves, their organizations and their communities.
  • The Leadership Arlington Youth Program, powered by Leadership Center for Excellence, is designed to enhance leadership skills and awareness of the need for philanthropy, community service and civic participation in rising high school juniors and seniors from Arlington, VA and the surrounding region.
  • Events and workshops that allow you to expand your network, learn from other leaders and build your leadership capacities. Workshops are designed for those seeking professional development around various topics such as board training, marketing, time management, conflict resolution and much more.

Awards & Honors


Chair’s Award
Presented by: Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Board Leadership Award Honorable Mention Recipient
Presented by: Center for Nonprofit Advancement


Hero Award for Collaboration
Awarded to Betsy Frantz, President & CEO, Leadership Arlington
Presented by: Leadership Greater Washington

“Light Up Arlington” Award
Awarded to Betsy Frantz, President & CEO, Leadership Arlington
Presented by: Arlington Rotary Club

National Capital Business Ethics Award
Presented by: National Capital Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals


OgilvyConnect Participant
Selected by: Ogilvy Washington


Preceptor Award
Awarded to Betsy Frantz, President & CEO, Leadership Arlington
Presented by: Association of Leadership Professionals

Prize for Innovation and Impact
Presented by: Arlington Community Foundation


ABBIE Award, Small Business of the Year, Service Division
Presented by: Arlington Chamber of Commerce & Arlington Economic Development

Organizational History


  • Volunteer Arlington, a program of LCE, hosts its first ever MLK Day of Service with over 700 community members volunteering in our community on that day.


  • A new logo is unveiled. The design honors the organization’s rich history and displays its bright future.


  • Leadership Arlington transitions its name to Leadership Center for Excellence. The Signature Program is renamed Leadership Arlington.
  • Leadership Center for Excellence is awarded the Volunteer Arlington contract by the Arlington County Government.


  • Leadership Center for Excellence is awarded the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s Chair’s Award, recognizing the member organization who has made an outstanding contribution of resources to the Chamber and business community.
  • Leadership Arlington is named Honorable Mention Recipient of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s 2015 Board Leadership Award.


  • Leadership Greater Washington presents Betsy Frantz, President & CEO, with its Hero Award for Collaboration based on the collaborative projects she embraces through Leadership Arlington.
  • Betsy Frantz, President & CEO, receives the inaugural “Light Up Arlington” award from the Arlington Rotary Club for her outstanding service to the community through Leadership Arlington.
  • Leadership Arlington receives the National Capital Business Ethics Award for its commitment to the highest level of business practices and ethics in all that it does.

2013 – Fifteen Year Anniversary

  • Leadership Arlington is selected to participate in OgilvyConnect, a four session communications training program provided by Ogilvy Washington. OgilvyConnect provides nonprofits with the communications knowledge, tools and resources to support and advance their missions.


  • With the growth and expansion of the organization, Leadership Arlington relocates to offices in Ballston.
  • The Leadership Arlington Young Professionals Program launches the first annual “Arlington’s Got Talent” event benefiting the Young Professionals Program Scholarship Fund.


  • Betsy Frantz, President & CEO, is nationally recognized with the prestigious Preceptor Award, given by the Association of Leadership Professionals.
  • Leadership Arlington receives the Arlington Community Foundation Prize for Innovation and Impact, an award given to an Arlington-based nonprofit organization that has the ability to change lives and make a lasting difference in Arlington County.


  •  Leadership Arlington launches its Executive Forums, an initiative aimed at providing a confidential learning environment for CEOs, business owners and executives to grow as leaders and seek counsel from their peers.
  • Leadership Arlington establishes the Leadership Center for Excellence, a branch of programming focusing at building capacity at regional nonprofit organizations.
  • Leadership Arlington’s Board of Regents adopts a set of values, which include ethics, leadership, community building, vision, impact and learning.
  • Leadership Arlington initiates its Young Professionals Program, which invests in the future of the community’s leadership by training emerging leaders in key issues and skills that ensure success and create agents-of-change.


  • Leadership Arlington establishes a Community Mind Trust in order to gather human capital in the Arlington community to help local organizations from all sectors weather the storm of challenging economic times.
  • Despite an economic downturn, Leadership Arlington closes its fiscal year with excess funds. Only 12% of nonprofits in the Metropolitan Washington region are able to do so.

2008 – Ten Year Anniversary

  • Leadership Arlington challenges members to commit “10 Good Deeds” through donating time, talent or treasures.
  • Leadership Arlington introduces ON BOARD!, which trains community board members in maximizing the efficacy of their service.
  • Leadership Arlington offers free professional coaching to any member from an International Coaching Federation certified professional coach.


  • Leadership Arlington receives the prestigious ABBIE Award for small business of the year, service division, presented by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce & Arlington Economic Development.


  • Leadership Arlington, in conjunction with Verizon, incorporates an ethics component as an overlay to the Signature Program.  The program’s curriculum now begins with Building Ethics in Our Community and concludes with Ethical Path of Leadership – It’s Your Turn.
  • Leadership Arlington hosts its first annual Monte Carlo Night at Reagan National Airport’s Historic Terminal “A.”  The event’s silent auction raises funds for the Youth Program.


  • Membership study reveals that Leadership Arlington members donate more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually to the community.
  • Class reunions commence to be held annually to engage and re-connect Leadership Arlington members.


  • 16 Arlington County high school students graduate as the introductory class of the Leadership Arlington Youth Program.
  • Leadership Arlington completes its goal of raising $50,000 for its endowment from 2001, resulting in a $10,000 matching contribution.

2003 – Five Year Anniversary

  • Youth Program launches, which develops leadership skills and connects high school youth with opportunities for community service, civic participation and philanthropy.


  • Leadership Arlington debuts its website, allowing members to view the membership directory online and register for events.


  • Leadership Arlington’s endowment is created with the goal of raising $50,000 in 3 years.
  • Following September 11th, Leadership Arlington perseveres and goes on to hold its annual opening retreat just two days later,  resulting in a membership understanding of how critical a prepared and inclusive leadership is to our community.
  • In February, Leadership Arlington holds its first annual Homecoming Day, with a focus on “Visioning.”  65% of the membership attends.
  • The Speaker Series is launched as a resource for the community to connect the 3 sectors—public, private and nonprofit—through community dialogues on relevant topics.


  • The Board of Regents rewrites by-laws, including a clause that designates 10% of tuition to be deposited into a scholarship fund.


  • In May, the 32 member inaugural class graduates.


  • Leadership Arlington launches as an initiative of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce as an independent 501(c)3.