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BOLD - Building Optimal Leaders by Design

What is BOLD?

BOLD is an advanced leadership program established by the Community Leadership Development Board to provide mentees an opportunity to work with and interact with preeminent leaders in our community.  It also provides an opportunity for mentors to "develop" our community's future leaders.  Through involvement in BOLD, mentees will receive the following benefits:

  • Heightened understanding and knowledge of the community
  • Shared vision for the future of the community
  • Enhanced personal growth and leadership development
  • Increased commitment to community engagement
  • Enriched social capital and networking opportunities

Program Format:

The program's format includes several interactive presentations as a group with the possibility of incorporating other organizations from the area, several meetings as small groups and several one-on-one meetings with your mentor.

Mentee Eligibility and Expectations:

BOLD is a two-year commitment with certain prerequisites and expectations.  Potential mentees must have previously demonstrated leadership within our community through completion of Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham (previously Community Leadership Program), the Non-Profit Institutue, similar program or experience.  Mentees have lived in the community for at least one year.  Full participation is expected in all BOLD conferences, seminars, meetings and projects.  Mentees must be willing to participate in an annual BOLD service project as well as be willing to serve on an assigned non-profit board upon completion of the program.  There is also the expectation that BOLD alumni will help sustain the program through input and involvement on the planning committee and possibly as a mentor in future years.

The annual cost to participate is $449.


Year 1 - 2016-2017                                                          

Early September 2016
Initial Meeting with Mentees
Late September 2016
Networking Breakfast and Presentation
December 2017
Networking Breakfast and Presentation
March 2017
Networking Breakfast and Presentation
April 2017
Service Project
May 2017
Year 1 Wrap Up; Presentation

Year 2 - 2017-2018

September 2017 Networking Breakfast and Presentation
December 2017 Networking Breakfast and Presentation
Feb/March 2018 Networking Breakfast and Presentation
April 2018 Service Project
May 2018 Graduation

* In addition to the group meetings listed above, mentees are required to meet with their mentor separately at least once during each calendar quarter

Application Process

The deadline to apply for BOLD Class of 2016 is June 15, 2016.  Applications should be downloaded and submitted to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce via the link below.

Apply HERE for BOLD Class of 2016-2018

Completed applications should be submitted via email to cturner@hrchamber.org, by fax to 540.434.4508 or by mail or in person to: HR Chamber of Commerce 800 Country Club Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Selection of mentees will be complete by early July 2015 with notification made to each applicant by that date.


Melicca Dunn