About BRI


To provide growth, connection, and renewal for community service leaders.


A thriving national network of transformative leaders driving equitable social change.

About BRI

The Blue Ridge Institute (BRI) has been meeting every summer since 1927! We have a long-standing history of supporting, renewing, and fostering community leadership.

By design, BRI is unlike most professional development conferences. Held in a beautiful mountain setting away from the hustle and bustle of the working world. We provide thought-provoking professional development sessions each day and afternoons and evenings that offer a variety of optional rejuvenation activities. This could be exercising, lounging by the pool, reading, discussing the day’s presentation with friends, or napping. Create the conference experience you want – BRI is what YOU make it. 

BRI is family-friendly. Family and friends can enjoy the conference resort location and activities. We host some free conference events open to members and their families. We also have a Youth Leadership Academy. Have your children or grandchildren attend an age-appropriate leadership camp while you enjoy the presentations!

If you are a leader in your community looking to network with like-minded professionals in a casual setting, this is the conference experience for you!