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Are you a community service leader looking for a different kind of leadership development experience?

The Blue Ridge Institute may be just what you are looking for…

A week-long encounter that includes seminars with national experts speaking on topics relevant to community leaders today, planned family friendly group activities that encourage professional relationships, and plenty of fun and relaxation to renew your energy and passion for your work.

The Blue Ridge Institute – discover,  refresh,  and renew.

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Learn

Clear your mind of outside stressors and discover all this conference has to offer.  Stimulating conversations, thought-provoking and amazing presentations by national speakers and proven solutions for leadership.

Be inspired by who is presenting at this year’s conference…

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Renew

Join the activities, just relax and let go of everything beyond the moment.  Connect with your social service peers as you have fun.  The comradery and friendships last a life-time.

Discover the week’s fun that awaits…

And everyone is better for it.

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Lead

Enjoy a rustic retreat amid the beauty of Tennessee’s Fall Creek Falls State Park.  Spend a special week in this remote resort away from business and life’s pressures.

Enjoy the peaceful stillness, as well as time to reconnect with your family, peers and the space around you.

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Blue Ridge Institute – Conference Good Times

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Feeling HOT! HOT! HOT!

Feeling HOT! HOT! HOT!

Living the American dream is taking a toll on our body and minds. I don’t mean to generalize, but most Americans have exhausted themselves– mentally and physically. This constant pushing ourselves in every direction: at work, at home, with family obligations, we are burning out at arapid rate. We have become a society of constantly

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Unintentional Bridge Burning

Unintentional Bridge Burning

repost from www.artsinactionllc.com Are you burning bridges without even knowing it? Are you confused sometimes when you get a less than enthusiastic reply from a donor, grant funder, supervisor, colleague, direct report or a vendor? Have projects that you thought were on course, suddenly exploded, leaving you flabbergasted and defeated? If so, it may be

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel — An Oncoming Train, or Sweet Freedom

The Light at the End of the Tunnel — An Oncoming Train, or Sweet Freedom

In 1992, I became single for good.  That was a good decision for me, but it came at a price.  One cannot live as cheaply as two.  That is just a cold, hard economic fact.  One of the implications of my singlehood and single-income has been that putting off retirement just made good financial sense. 

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BRI has been a tremendous opportunity for both me AND my daughter.  We have learned a lot,
made life-long friends and grown closer.  I am grateful for this chance for world-class development
while also spending time with my family!

Susan McGrath
Susan McGrathCocoa Beach, FL

The leadership training I've gathered is both in-depth and transferable. The concepts
I've garnered serve my team and me throughout the year.  So, I'm back every year!!

Steve Bogus
Steve BogusLouisville, KY

Each year I leave the conference refreshed and renewed, and begin counting the days for the next year’s gathering.
Throughout the year I regularly call upon the professional network of resources I have gained through BRI.
It’s been an invaluable gift to me and to the communities I serve.

Eileen Coogan
Eileen CooganPalm Harbor, FL

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