Each year LMR recruits a diverse group of 60+ individuals to participate in our region's community leadership development program, Leadership Quest. During this 10-month program, participants are given tools that are essential for regional leaders, such as polarity management and cultural communications. In addition, members of the class meet with experts and decision-makers who shape issues critical to our community. Topics include workforce development; transportation; education; housing and our regional identity. Understanding community issues' goals, measures and processes are often seen as ambiguous due to so many stakeholders. Participants meet the challenge of ambiguity by immersing themselves in a regional issue of their choice. They gain in-depth understanding of a regional issue. They also have the opportunity to recommend solutions, which they may share and/or become engaged in.
Coaches RVA is a collaborative project with Partnership for the Future (PFF). The purpose of PFF is to provide high-potential high school students from challenging circumstances with tools and experiences necessary to enroll in higher education. This multi-year program provides coaching and guidance to PFF college students throughout their college experience by pairing students with LMR members, who serve as volunteer coaches. Background checks are conducted and coaches participate in a training conducted by the Virginia Mentoring Partnership. Volunteer coaches commit to work with their students throughout their college experience, interacting with them on an agreed time frame. Such comprehensive support is designed to ensure student success and ultimate graduation from their university/college.
Lora M. Robins Speaker Series
To strengthen our community’s leadership, LMR partners with the Robins Foundation to present an interactive speaker series that brings nationally known thought leaders to our region to discuss issues facing our communities. The Lora M. Robins Speaker Series is a low fee program to ensure accessibility by all community leaders. In 2018, the series was entitled "Barriers to Learning: How Trauma Impacts RVA Children". The conversations centered around how trauma impacts youth in and out of the classroom. The series was promoted throughout our region and across the state, attracting over 500 registrants and approximately 400 attendees. In 2018, 100% of the 396 participants indicated that the overall assessment was excellent or good.
Board Leadership Progams
In 2013, LMR's research found that approximately 70% of Quest graduates became members of boards, with 47% indicating that they engaged in a leadership role. LMR has two programs that create impact in this area: Board Leaders Roundtable This partnership with the Community Foundation provides a series of interactive educational sessions for nonprofit board chairs/chair-elects and for board treasurers. The chairs series talks about keeping your board engaged, growing your resources and collaboration among leadership. The treasures series covers financial policies, reporting, board education and working with auditors. For both Fall 2017 and Winter/Spring 2018, 100% of participants said the program met or exceeded their expectations. Member to Member Board Connector This program is designed for LMR members who are seeking new board members for their organization and for members who are seeking board service opportunities.This informal networking event, held once a year, creates face-to-face connections for engagement.