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Empowering leaders since 1927.


Clear your mind of outside stressors and discover the magic of Blue Ridge Institute. Invest in thought-provoking workshops and stimulating conversations. We secure amazing national speakers with proven solutions for leaders.


Enjoy a retreat setting amidst the pristine beauty of the Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA. Spend a special week away from business and life’s pressures to improve your commnunity and organizational leadership.


Relax and let go of everything beyond the moment. Come together to connect with fellow Blue Ridgers and build comradery and friendship that can last a lifetime. Relax together or alone in a summer camp-like environment.

“Surrounding myself with industry leaders and forward thinkers was so rewarding and refreshing as a conference participant. Getting the opportunity to Learn, Lead and Renew really provides motivation to continue to be a leader in your profession. One word—Awesomeness!”

Jai Baker

Interim Shelter Manager, Allied Churches of Alamance County

“I tend not to refer to BRI as a conference, to me it’s a gathering of amazing people and incredible nonprofit leaders.Together we share life experiences, enhance our management skills, deepen our thought processes, develop life long friendships, laugh and cry together and so much more.”

Kevin Tomson Hooper

Owner, Barrel 118

“I was surrounded by kind and ambitious state-of-the-art worldwide leaders! As soon as I walked into the conference it had a haimish atmosphere that made me feel instantly at ease. I was thrilled to be part of this conference opportunity to learn from others and be fully present among dynamic, genuine, and authentic leadership!”

Sarai Melendez


Same as it ever was

Same as it ever was

“Uncertainty is the name of the game right now,” writes Kate Skokan in a post entitled Authenticity is the crucible of authentic leadership. It does seem as if things are more uncertain than they were in the past, and that problems both metastasize faster and are more...

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Moving Forward with Vision

Moving Forward with Vision

Recently, BRI released an RFP to hire a consultant to write a short-term Vision Plan. This plan will provide some guidance to the BRI Board over the next year or so and lead into a future strategic planning session. The Executive Committee, Strategic Engagement Chair,...

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Campaign Update

Campaign Update

There is still time to donate to our Learn. Lead. Renew. GIVE. campaign and meet our $10,000 goal by December 31! Join us and give today. We’ve raised $6,500 and we’re in the final stretch. Special thanks to our match partners, Richard LaPratt and Tim Ervolina, for...

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