6 Peer Group Options for Virginia CEOs

As a CEO in Virginia, there are several worthwhile options for peer groups that can provide valuable networking and support opportunities.

This post isn’t meant necessarily as an exhaustive list, but rather as a point to get you started. There are at least 10 reasons why participating in a CEO peer group makes sense. If that’s not enough, consider that several famous CEOs credit much of their success to their involvement in peer groups. 

Now, here are six options for CEO Peer Groups in Virginia.

1) Peernacle offers professionally facilitated peer advisory groups for CEOs/Presidents/Owners in the Roanoke/Lynchburg/Southern Virginia area. The diverse group is comprised of high-performing leaders who lead organizations greater than $5 million in revenue. The group meets to exchange ideas, share best practices, and gain insights. Peernacle is designed to help these leaders overcome business challenges, and provides a platform for members to connect, collaborate, and grow. The Peernacle monthly meetings also include world-class speakers to help its members stay abreast of what’s coming and what’s working. 

2) An affordable option for Virginia leaders is the Virginia Council of CEOs, which admits CEO members from companies with as little as $1 million in revenue and 5 employees. The council hosts events and meetings throughout the year, and offers opportunities for members to network and share best practices.

3) The Virginia chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is also a choice for CEOs of companies that are in the start-up phase. EO is a global organization that provides resources and support to entrepreneurs, and the Virginia chapter hosts events and meetings for members to connect and share ideas.

4) The Virginia chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) is a peer group for CEOs and presidents of companies who are under the age of 45. YPO offers a variety of programs and resources to help young leaders develop their skills and grow their businesses.

5) Vistage is one of the leading CEO peer groups in the world. It is an exclusive membership organization that provides a platform for CEOs and business owners to connect, share their knowledge and experience, and gain valuable insights and advice from other successful leaders. Vistage groups are located in Richmond, Virginia Beach, and northern Virginia.

6) LX Council is a CEO Peer Group and community of like-minded leaders and entrepreneurs who want to expand their leadership capabilities, accelerate business growth and achieve their goals. They offer a variety of services, including peer-to-peer mentoring, workshops, and networking opportunities.

So, how do you know which organization is right for you? Well, when considering joining a CEO peer group, here are a few questions for you to consider:

  • Is the group professionally chaired and facilitated?
  • Are there rigid requirements for admittance into the group?
  • Do the members represent diversity in terms of industry, size, profit/nonprofit, race, gender, and age?
  • Does the group advance your education with expert speakers and workshops?
  • Do the group members deal with challenges similar in size and complexity to your own?
  • What is the cost of membership and how much do you value investing in your professional growth?
  • What is the group’s focus and mission and how does that align with your values?
  • How often does the group meet and what is the format of the meetings?

As you can see, there are many options and several criteria for you to compare organizations against. It’s important to research and find a group that is the best fit for you and your organization.

If you’re in southern Virginia, click here to see if you’re a good fit for the Peernacle CEO peer group.


As CEOs, we confront critical choices – growth strategies, succession planning, employee engagement, leadership development…the list seems endless. The weight of these decisions can feel exhilarating, yet also stressful. And lonely.

Even though I started an INC. 500 company, I spent too many years trying to navigate it all solo. I’ve learned every CEO needs a community of peers who understand the unique challenges we face.

Peernacle is a private peer advisory group where leaders in southern Virginia come together and help one another to make better decisions and grow as leaders. If you’re looking for a community where you can gain insight from others who have sat in your seat, explore Peernacle group membership.