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2019 Blue Ridge Institute: "Intentional"

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Fontana Village Resort

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Fontana Dam, NC 28733

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The Blue Ridge Institute

The Blue Ridge Institute (BRI) is an annual gathering of community service executives and leaders in the fields of social welfare and human services who convene annually at a conference in a beautiful rustic environment to participate in a rejuvenating and uplifting experience focused on leadership development, learning, and fellowship. Participation in BRI is limited to members only. For information on becoming a member, please visit the BRI website.


BRI 2019 Speakers

BRI proudly presents this year's speakers:

Joan Garry began her career in 1981 as part of the management team that launched MTV. She followed this successful eight-year tenure with another successful run as an executive at Showtime Networks. Then, in 1997 while either having a midlife crisis or avoiding one, Garry was named the executive director of GLAAD, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the U.S. She is currently Principal of Joan Garry Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that helps nonprofits across a wide variety of sectors to untangle strategic knots enabling them to have a clearer path in pursuit of their missions. She is the founder of The Nonprofit Leadership Lab, a monthly online membership site for board and staff leaders of small nonprofits who can afford neither coaching nor consulting. Her blog at www.joangarry.com for board and staff leaders of nonprofits reaches 100,000 unique leaders monthly in 150 countries. Her podcast Nonprofits Are Messy is featured on iTunes and book Joan Garry’s Guide To Nonprofit Leadership was published in early 2017.

Amy Watts is an international personal and business coach, speaker, trainer and author. Her extensive business
background as an executive leader in start-ups, fortune 100 companies and as an entrepreneur have provided her the tools to transform even the most dynamic executives into world-class leaders. Her presentations are passionate and provide positive motivation that empowers and elevates the people and businesses she
works with. Amy’s success lies in helping individuals and organizations clearly find and see their Vision, know their strengths, customize a Plan of action, and motivate and develop for Growth. Building trust with
her unique ability to connect, Amy adapts to her audience and ensures everyone is left with REAL and powerful tools for growth and success.

Phil Kaye is a Japanese-American poet whose original work has been performed in eighteen countries and was most recently invited to open for His Holiness The Dalai Lama for the celebration of his 80th birthday. His work has been featured in settings ranging from PBS to the New York Museum of Modern Art, and his work on creativity in an organizational setting has been sought out by companies including Google, Accenture and Microsoft. He is the Co-Director of Project VOICE, a poetry education organization dedicated to helping people find their voice in classrooms and communities around the world. Phil was the head coordinator of Space in Prisons for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE). Date & Time, Phil’s most recent collection of poetry, was published in 2018 and is an Amazon bestseller.


BRI 2019 Check-In & Conference Schedule

Sunday, July 21, 2019

2:00pm Youth Leadership Academy Check-In & Orientation

3:00pm New BRI Member Check-In & Orientation

3:00pm General Membership Check-In

5:00pm Happy Hour for all members, families, and guests

Monday, July 22, 2019 - Friday, July 26, 2019

At Check-In, each attendee will receive a program book detailing the daily schedule for the week, including daily speakers, reflection groups, skill labs, activities for the whole family, and time to connect with each other.


NEW! BRI 2019 Skill Labs

New to BRI in 2019, we will be holding Skill Labs on Tuesday and Thursday morning. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from this list and attend four of these sessions. Based on selections and numbers, participants will be pre-assigned to a session and time. On the registration form, you will choose your top five. Sessions have limited space so we will place you in the order you register. Please visit the BRI website for a detailed description of these Skill Labs.

  • Amplify Visibility for Your Nonprofit with Guidestar presented by CL Davidson, Qbix Accounting Solutions
  • Things You Should Understand About Your Financial Statements & How to Prevent Theft from Your Nonprofit presented by CL Davidson, Qbix Accounting Solutions
  • From "Survivor" to "Amazing Race": Intentional Leadership for Dynamic Boards presented by Gregory Nielsen, Nielson Training & Consulting, LLC
  • Getting Intentionally Technical presented by Patrick Jinks, The Jinks Perspective
  • Building a Beautiful & Bountiful Budget presented by Benjamin Bullock, Together SC
  • Build Your Board into a Championship Fundraising Team presented by Gregory Nielsen, Nielsen Training & Consulting
  • Managing Conflict in the Workplace presented by Johanna Inman, Ideal HR
  • Tools to Help You Make Better Hiring Decisions & Build the Culture You Need at Your Organization presented by Johanna Inman, Ideal HR
  • Five-Factor Wellness presented by Corinne Danielson, The Sari Center
  • STEAM Songs presented by Tim Griffin, Griffin Education Solutions
  • Intentional Conversations with Donors presented by John Elbare, Florida Philanthropic Advisors
  • "They Said What?": Critical Strategies to Protect and Expand Your Digital Reputation presented by Phoebe Ezell, Bizvisioneer

NEW! BRI 2019 Meal Plan

Fontana Village Resort is a busy venue and the restaurants will be very full around lunchtime when the BRI program session concludes each day. To avoid those lengthy waits, BRI has arranged for NEW options for an exclusive buffet lunch for our members and guests.

The meal plan is available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and can be purchased for $40.00 for all 3 days. Lunch is half-price for children ages 6-10, and free for children 5 and under.

On each day, lunch will consist of a featured sandwich, soup, salad bar, dessert, tea, and water.

This will be more economical and faster than the other restaurants on the property. Please consider prepurchasing your lunches on this meal plan to avoid the lengthy waits at the Fontana Village restaurants. It's also a great opportunity to catch up with other Blue Ridgers over a casual meal.

The deadline to sign up for the BRI Mean Plan is June 21, 2019.


Lodging Information

This year's event will be located at Fontana Village Resort in North Carolina. The resort will hold the BRI Room Block until April 21st. Please be sure to book your room right away by calling 800-849-2258. Visit the FAQ for more information.


Registration FAQ

What are the key deadlines?

The Fontana Village Resort room block closes April 21, 2019. We expect the block to fill before the hotel expiration date. You are advised to reserve your room as soon as possible.

Regular registration ends May 31, 2019.

Late registration begins June 1, 2019 and includes a $100 surcharge.

The deadline to sign up for the BRI Meal Plan is June 21, 2019.

Late registration ends July 7, 2019.

The final refund deadline is July 7, 2019.


Who is required to register?

All Blue Ridge members attending the conference must pay a registration fee. All guests are required to register as well.


Do I have to pay by credit card?

No. You may pay by check and/or request an invoice. Please complete the online registration. Then on the payment page, click "Other Payment Options" and Select "Pay by Check" or "Send Invoice" to request an invoice. Then mail your payment with your confirmation to the Blue Ridge Institute, P.O. Box 4421, Greensboro, NC 27404. Email the Blue Ridge Institute at info@BlueRidgeLeaders.org if you have any questions.


What is the refund policy?

Registration fees, less a $75 administration fee, will be refunded for written cancellations received by July 7, 2019. Requests may be addressed to the BRI President and sent by email to Info@BlueRidgeLeaders.org. No refunds will be made after July 7th.


Is my registration fee transferrable?

Registrations are transferable only to Blue Ridge Members. Registration transfers are not permitted to non-members. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to Info@BlueRidgeLeaders.org.


I have specific questions that are not addressed here or in the FAQ. Who can help me?

Please contact Info@BlueRidgeLeaders.org with your specific questions.

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