2018 Blue Ridge Institute Conference

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July 22, 2018 – July 27, 2018

With great appreciation we acknowledge our wonderful sponsors!

Conference Schedule

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Fontana Village Resort is on Eastern Time Zone.

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Please understand, and be flexible if it is necessary to alter the schedule. Thank you.

2018 BRI Conference Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, July 22, 2018

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Optional Breakfast for Board of Directors, Bear’s Den Lounge

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM BRI 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Board of Directors Meeting, Bear’s Den Lounge

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM Registration, Fontana Village Resort Main Lobby

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Freshperson Orientation, The Library

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Youth Leadership Academy Information Session for Parents and Children, Card Room

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Welcome Dinner (all included), Events Hall

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Opening Keynote Session ““Impacting the Life of a Child in Need” by New York Times Best Selling author Regina CalcaterraEvents Hall

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Youth Leadership Academy, The Library

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM BRI Guests (BRIGs) Gathering, meet in the Lobby by the Fireplace

Silent Auction

Monday, July 23, 2018

ALL DAY  –  Silent Auction

7:15 AM – 7:45 AM Morning Yoga, Dogwood Suite

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Youth Leadership Academy, The Library

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM General Session featuring author, educator, and activist Tony Porter “Breaking Out of the Man Box: A Discussion on Healthy Manhood”, Events Hall

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM Annual BRI Group Photo, Outside Events Hall

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM BRI Lunch Buffet, Events Hall

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM BRI Discussion Group, Card Room & Events Hall

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM The BRI World Series: 165th Annual Softball Tournament, Softball Field

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Group Lounge by the Lazy River and Pool, Stone Creek Pool and Lazy River

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Friends of Bill W. Meeting, Card Room

1:30 PM – 6:30 PM Nap, Anywhere

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Youth Leadership Academy, The Library

6:30 PM – 10:00 PM BRIapalooza 2018, Wildwood Deck

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

ALL DAY  –  Silent Auction

7:15 AM – 7:45 AM Morning Yoga, Dogwood Suite

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Youth Leadership Academy, The Library

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM General Session featuring Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, JD, Executive Director, NETWORK “Race, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice”, Events Hall

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM BRI Lunch Buffet, Events Hall

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM BRI 2017-2018 Board of Directors Meeting, Oak Suite

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM BRI Discussion Group, Card Room & Events Hall Lounge

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Talent Show Rehearsal *Note: The YLA will meet for rehearsal from 2:00–3:00 PM in the Library. Events Hall

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Visit Fontana Dam, Meet @ Front Desk Lobby

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Create a Stress Reduction Toolkit, Dogwood Suite

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Annual Talent Extravaganza!, Events Hall

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

ALL DAY  –  Silent Auction

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM 6th Annual Rockin’ 5k and Fun Run, Race Tent in Resort Parking Lot

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM Yoga and Post-Run Stretch, Dogwood Suite

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Hike Hoor Hollow, Meet @ Front Desk Lobby

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Youth Leadership Academy, The Library

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM General Session featuring Dr. Debra Harris Nixon, LMFT “What’s Going On?: A Question For The Emergent Inclusive Leader”, Events Hall

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Scenic Lake Tour, Meet at the Marina

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Bonfire and S’mores with Giving Tree Music’s Drum Circle, Putt Putt Fire Pit

Thursday, July 26, 2018

MORNING  –  Silent Auction (last chance)

7:15 AM – 7:45 AM Morning Yoga, Dogwood Suite

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Youth Leadership Academy, The Library

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM General Session featuring Dr. S. Atyia Martin, CEO and Founder of All Aces, Inc., Events Hall

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM BRI Lunch Buffet, Events Hall

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Guided Hike of Lewellyn Cove, Gather @ the Putt Putt Building (in front of the Events Hall)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Imagine Clarity Guided Meditation, Dogwood Suite

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Youth Leadership Academy Party, Dogwood Suite

6:00 PM – 11:00 PM President’s Ball at the Dam, Events Hall

Friday, July 27, 2018

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Youth Leadership Academy, The Library

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Closing Session featuring Dr. Debra Harris NixonEvents Hall

End of Conference ~ Safe travels, see you next year. SAVE THE DATE :: JULY 21-26, 2019