A group of Northeast State faculty, staff, and students recently attend the 96th annual session of the Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership.
The conference’s mission is to help participants learn new ways to apply the principles of good human relations in the work place. In a retreat-like setting in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, speakers and participants alike share a wealth of innovative management techniques and secrets to business success.
“The Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership provided me with a plethora of opportunities to advance my leadership skills with inspiring, thought-provoking sessions and keynotes,” said Carol Kimberlin, chief development officer at Northeast State. “The setting was awesome and when conference was over, I wanted to stay longer.”
The conference features speakers from many walks of life including business leaders, coaches, educators, lawyers, teachers, and representatives from industry, the clergy, and government. This year, the 300-plus attendees heard keynote speakers Pete Blank, Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender, Jones Loflin, and Judge Glenda Hackett.
In addition, breakout sessions covered topics such as listening, communicating across generations, social media, and ethics. Breakout session speakers included Deborah Boswell, Livia Davis, Kyle Sandler, Dave McAuley, retired Maj. Gen. Perry M. Smith, and Melinda Stallings.
“The breakout sessions were relevant and enlightening,” said Chris Demas, dean of the Basler Library at the College. “The informal atmosphere made them very productive and enjoyable.”
This is the seventh year of attendance for Northeast State. The conference dovetails with the College’s Targeted Leadership Development Program which nurtures leadership skills within the institution.
Northeast State is represented on the Blue Ridge Conference’s board of directors by Dr. Janice H. Gilliam, president, and Paul Montgomery, vice president for access and development.