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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What's Happening at LMR?

Board Connector
A free networking event connecting community leaders with nonprofit board service opportunities.

When: Wednesday, September 27 | 5:30 - 7:30pm
Where: Richmond Raceway, 600 E Laburnum Avenue


Woman Speak Your Truth (LMR Alumnae Only)
Guest Speaker: Melanie M. Lee, Esq.
Owner, Lee Law Office

When: Thursday, September 7, 2023 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Where: Womens Business Center RVA, Willow Lawn Dr. Ste 100


Leading Conversations: Best Practices in Facilitation
Facilitator: Jonathan Zur (LMR '08)
President & CEO, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

When: Tuesday, October 3, 17 & 31 
Where: WellsColeman, 5004 Monument Avenue


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.



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.

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Available for a Limited Time Only!


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.


Level up your board leadership!


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. 


Lead meaningful conversations! 


About Leadership Quest

Leadership Quest, LMR's flagship program, connects a diverse group of community leaders, increases their knowledge and perspectives on regional issues and inspires them to embrace inclusion, collaboration, and servant leadership. Through this ten-month program, which includes leadership training, access to high-impact decision-makers, and networking opportunities, individuals develop the necessary framework to make a positive and lasting impact in the greater Richmond region.

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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.

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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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