BOLD (Building Optimal Leaders by Design) is an advance 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 Institute, 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.

Bold Application 2018-2020

2016-2018 BOLD Participants:
Mentees:

Lindsey Douglas, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Jeremy Hartman, WHSV
Jay Webb, WHSV
Buck Ailer, LSC Communications
Ben Entsminger, LSC Communications
Quinton Callahan, Clark & Bradshaw, P.C.
Emily Weller, VMRC

Mentors:
Daphyne Thomas, JMU
Tom Mendez, BB&T Insurance
Alan Shelton, Cargill
Kurt Boshart, Harrisonburg P.D.
Andy Vanhook, Appeal Production
Gary Calleo, Retired
Dixie Garber, United Bank

Congratulations to the following individuals who were selected to participate in the 2017-2019 Class:
Jon Green – LSC Communications
Kelly Jones – Blue Ridge Community College
Amanda Leech – United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County
Kelly Long – Massanutten Resort
Michael Maurice – JMU/Office on Children & Youth
Jennifer Sodikoff – Synergy Global Housing
Ashley Summers – PB Mares, LLP
Arianna Williams – WHSV TV-3