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Leadership New River Valley

Leadership NRV

The objective of Leadership New River Valley is to assist in the development of community leaders by providing participants from diverse backgrounds with an understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and issues facing the community. The program will also foster the development of leadership skills and techniques in an environment that encourages the establishment of new relationships and communication networks between the participants.

LNRV is an 11 month program. One day each month beginning in February, the class will meet to explore, in depth, an aspect of our community. Topics range from history and culture to public safety and everything in  between. There is not a single aspect of life in Montgomery County that is not covered in this course. Participants will apply class learning to a project directed toward building capacity for a local non-profit. Participation is mandatory with no more than two absences permitted. Attendance is strictly enforced. Participants who do not meet the attendance requirements will be automatically dropped from the program with no portion of the tuition refunded.

  • Enhance your leadership skills
  • Increase your value to your organization and community
  • LNRV informs members and citizens about community issues that affect Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Montgomery County
  • LNRV provides forums for dialogue between participants and community leaders
  • LNRV establishes a networking system among emerging community leaders
  • LNRV enhances your opportunities to participate and engage in various leadership roles in the community

We do have  sponsorship opportunities for Leadership NRV, a nationally recognized model. Businesses and organizations that sponsor a day have the opportunity to speak to a wide range of participants. Businesses and organizations that send an employee through have the benefit of providing professional development for their employee, connecting with the community and giving back.

Leadership New River Valley is now accepting applications for 2025 & 2026 Deans!

The Dean team is responsible for the coordination of monthly programming along with leading discussions of readings, generating energy for program involvement, networking, and alumni engagement.


Applications will be accepted from June 1st until July 30th, and you must be a former graduate of Leadership NRV in order to be considered. Interviews will be conducted in early August, and the selected Deans will be introduced to the Chamber Board at the August 28th meeting.


To apply scan the QR code in the image, or visit For any questions please email

Current Leadership Deans

The Chamber of Commerce is proud of our current Leadership NRV Deans: Abbie Gill, Victoria Deal, Tessa Wright, Michael Gallagher, and Brittani Ratcliffe!

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