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 2020-2022