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.

Discover the fun that awaits…


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.

Lead the way…

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What’s Going On?

What’s Going On?

Prior to BRI week, listen to the tracks of Marvin Gaye’s album “What’s Going On.” Then read the lyrics. Apart from being great music, the themes are timeless and it seems as though Mr. Gaye is reaching across the years to speak to you as a social sector leader. From “Right On:” Some of us

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Power Family

Power Family

I am pretty certain that my lineage does not include links to royalty or political power. I do not believe any of my ancestors have run for, been born into or held any type of political office. We are the opposite of the Kennedys, the Bushes, the Carters, and the Harrisons. We are not a

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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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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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