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

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Relax and let go of everything beyond the moment.  Connect with fellow Blue Ridgers as you have fun together.  The comradery and friendships can last a life-time.

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Enjoy a rustic retreat set amidst the pristine beauty of the Nantahala National Forest in the mountains of Western North Carolina at Fontana Village Resort. Spend a special week away from business and life’s pressures.

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From The Front Porch - BRI Blog

Grief, Gratitude, and Community

Grief, Gratitude, and Community

First, I am asking for your understanding.  As most readers of this post know, my life was turned upside down at the end of July.  On May 17 I retired — a welcomed and joyous occasion.  In mid-July, my plan to buy a house and retire to my favorite place in Florida became a reality. 

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Creating a Crosswalk for Collaboration

Creating a Crosswalk for Collaboration

Reposted from Arts In Action Blog Post from 9/9/18: This week I was on a Skype call with a colleague who lives overseas and we were discussing the challenges of building an effective international work team. Knee-deep into our chat, I stated: “it’s almost like we have to build a crosswalk, and develop a safe

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Specializing in the Wholly Impossible

Specializing in the Wholly Impossible

When I started my work with nonprofit organizations over two decades ago, I was introduced to a phenomenon—Nannie Helen Burroughs. Born in 1879, the granddaughter of former slaves, Ms. Burroughs desired to be a school teacher; however, without a proper college degree and, in one case for being “too dark,” she was refused employment in

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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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