Leadership Quest Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at midnight. 
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About Us

What is LMR?


Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) is a community leadership development and engagement organization with a mission to strengthen our region by connecting diverse leaders and preparing them to serve.

Created in 1980 as an innovative program to address racial and gender divides in our area’s community leadership, LMR is now a network of 2,000+ members from the business, nonprofit and governmental sectors of our community who have the desire to serve and the ability to lead.

LMR’s role in our region has continued to evolve throughout the years. As regional issues become more complex and our community becomes more diverse, the need to connect, educate and inspire leaders is as critical today as it was in 1980.


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About Leadership Quest


Leadership Quest, LMR's unique community leadership program, brings together a diverse group of individuals, and broadens their perspectives on regional issues and nurtures a dedication to inclusion, regional collaboration, and service to the community. This comprehensive ten-month program combines advanced leadership training, exclusive access to influential decision-makers, and strategic networking, empowering individuals to effect lasting positive change in the greater Richmond region. The application to participate is due at midnight on the night of Tuesday, April 30, 2024. 


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What's Happening at LMR?

Richmond Ivy Soccer Match 
Open to LMR Alumni and their guest(s).
When: Thursday, June 28, 2024 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where
: City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221

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Leadership Quest Information Session 
When:
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Where:
Online - Register online to receive Zoom meeting details. 

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Leading Conversations: Best Practices in Facilitation
Facilitator:
Jonathan Zur (LMR '08), President & CEO, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
When:
Wednesdays: March 13, 20 & 27, 2024 | Time varies based on session date.

Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

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The CEO Role: Building an Engaged Nonprofit Board
Facilitators:
Myra Goodman Smith, LMR President & CEO and Lisa Specter-Dunaway, MPA (LMR '99)
When:
Wednesday, March 26, 2024 • 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

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Leadership Quest Information Session 
When:
Thursday, February 15, 2024 • 9:00 - 10:00 am
Where:
Zoom - Register online to receive Zoom meeting details. 

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Leadership Quest Information Session & Reception
When:
Tuesday April 9, 2024 • 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Where:
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

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Experience RVA
When: Wednesdays, April 24, 2024 & Thursday, April 25, 2024 • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Virginia Museum of History & Culture and Henrico Sports & Events Center

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Board Essentials (Online)
When: Wednesday, July 24, 2024 • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom
Facilitators: Myra Goodman Smith (LMR '06), Lisa Specter-Dunaway (LMR '99)

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Board Essentials (Online)
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2024 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom
Facilitators: Myra Goodman Smith (LMR '06), Lisa Specter-Dunaway (LMR '99)

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Board Connector
When: Wednesday, September 25, 2024 • 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Richmond Raceway600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222

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Spring Luncheon 
Open to LMR Alumni, the current Leadership Quest class and their guests.
When: Thursday, May 9, 2024 • 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where
: The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220

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YMCA Advancing DEI: Community Conversations 
Open to the public.
When: Thursday, June 6, 2024 • 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where
: Village Green, 1501 S Providence Rd, Wilkinson Terrace, Virginia, US, 23236

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Woman Speak Your Truth
Open to LMR Alumnae only.
When
: Thursday, June , 2024 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where
: Womens Business Center, 1510 Willow Lawn Drive, Suite 100, Richmond, VA 23230
Facilitator
: Rita Ricks ('89)

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Nonprofit Board Governance Workshop: Purpose-Driven Nonprofit Board
Facilitator: Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, J.D., (LMR '96)
Partner, Dunlap Law; Founder, ChangeServant 

When: POSTPONED
Where: Virginia Credit Union, 7500 Boulder View Dr., North Chesterfield, VA 23225

POSTPONED

Nonprofit Board Governance Workshop: Seeding and Growing the Board
Facilitator: Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, J.D., (LMR '96)
Partner, Dunlap Law; Founder, ChangeServant 

When: Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Where: Virginia Credit Union, 7500 Boulder View Dr., North Chesterfield, VA 23225

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Nonprofit Board Governance Workshop: Succession Planning
Facilitator: Lisa Specter-Dunaway, (LMR '99)
Owner & Consultant, Specter-Dunaway Consulting

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Where: United Way, 7814 Carousel Ln., Suite 400, Richmond, VA 232394

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Nonprofit Board Governance Workshop: Board Essentials
Facilitators: Myra Goodman Smith (LMR '06), and Lisa Specter-Dunaway (LMR '99)
LMR President & CEO, and Owner & Consultant, Specter-Dunaway Consulting

When: Wednesday, November 29, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Where: United Way, 7814 Carousel Ln., Suite 400, Richmond, VA 232394

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Nonprofit Board Governance Workshop: Considerations for Starting a Nonprofit Board
Facilitator: Dr. Shantell Chambliss
CEO, Nonprofitability;  CEO, Dress for Success Central VA

When: Friday, December 8, 2023 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 7814 Carousel Lane, Richmond, VA, 23294

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Off the Cuff - The Children's Tower (LMR Alumni Only)
When: Thursday, December 14, 2023 | 4:00 p.m.
Where:
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Children’s Pavilion & Children’s Tower, 1000 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Registration for this event has reached capacity. Please register for the waitlist, and we will contact you if spots become available.

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Off the Cuff: Alumni Only


LMR Alumni are invited to join us for a hard hat tour of Henrico's state-of-the-art indoor sports and entertainment venue! Two tour options are available with limited space. Registration is free and limited.

When: Thursday, August 3, 2023

Where: Henrico County Sports & Events Center, 11000 Telegraph Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060

Time(s): Tours are available at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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Recognize a Community Leader in our Region


Take the opportunity to recognize and honor someone you know in the Richmond region who has stepped up and taken action in our community.  2020 has been a year of many challenges, but through these difficult times we have seen many individuals rise to the occasion by supporting those is need and finding innovative and creative solutions to unprecedented problems.  As LMR celebrates its 40th anniversary, they encourage everyone in our community to thank and recognize the leaders we see all around us.

LMR is partnering with Gifted RVA to create eight community leader gift boxes exclusively available this fall. Every item in these gift boxes is from a local small business, and every box will include a handwritten note from the sender. There are eight gift box options starting at $50, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to support the work of LMR. This is a great way to say thank you and give a nice surprise for a local leader who deserves recognition, while also supporting our small business owners.

Gift boxes are available for purchase now through October 31st and deliveries will begin in mid-November.


Send a Gift Today

Available for a Limited Time Only!

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Nonprofit Board Governance Workshops


Nonprofits play a vital role in our region, and prepared board members are critical for their success. LMR aims to ensure community leaders have the tools and insights they need to be effective and impactful nonprofit board members. Whether you want to get involved with a board or are currently serving, enhance your expertise by attending the 2023 Nonprofit Board Governance Workshop series. The sessions combine board governance standards and best practices with first-hand experiences from experts actively serving in the field.


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Level up your board leadership!

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Leading Conversations: Best Practices in Facilitation


Effective facilitation of challenging conversations in our communities is needed as leaders engage in our region. This three-part educational training, presented by Jonathan Zur, President & CEO of the VA Center for Inclusive Communities, will equip you with the tools needed to lead conversations in an inclusive, informative, and effective manner. This program will not only offer up practical tips for facilitators but will also allow you to put your new skills into practice. Participants must attend all three sessions. 


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Lead meaningful conversations! 

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What Leaders Are Saying




Connecting Leaders to Board Service


Leadership Metro Richmond is committed to connecting mission-driven organizations with community leaders who have the ability to lead and the desire to serve. We host biannual Board Connector events and offer individual consulting through our Board Concierge services.


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Society of Leadership Advocates


The Society of Leadership Advocates (SOLA) honors our most generous benefactors, who give $500 or more each year. As a leadership advocate, your donation supports our mission to provide programs and opportunities for community leaders to connect, to gain a deeper understanding of key community issues, and to better serve our region.


Become a Leadership Advocate


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Help Us Recruit Community Leaders
Do you know a passionate community leader in the Richmond Region? Refer them to our Leadership Quest program using this form.
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LMR Corporate Partners

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