Session 1 | Central Virginia
Foundational communication and dialogue skills, personal leadership habits, structured dialogue, personality styles, environmental justice and the Shenandoah National Park’s legacy of human displacement.
Session 2 | Hampton Roads
Fundamental group facilitation skills, the “Higher Ground” approach to setting group norms, conflict management styles, Chesapeake Bay water quality, fisheries, and sea level rise in coastal Virginia.
Session 3 | Richmond
Key leadership qualities, collaborative process design, group consensus, organizational cultural diversity, green economics, the ethics of advocacy lobbying, and Virginia’s Capitol.
Session 4 | Shenandoah Valley
Negotiation process preparation and practice, servant leadership, conventional and sustainable agriculture, water quality, TMDLs, and corporate stewardship.
Session 5 | Southwest Virginia
Public involvement, leadership without easy answers, rural economic development, the economics of extractive and renewable resources, coal mining reclamation, and the Clinch River regional collaboration.
Session 6 | Charlottesville
The “Open Space” group process, personal leadership goals, the values and ethics of leaders, plus current topics of the VNRLI class’s choice.