About Leadership Metro Richmond

Who We Are


Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) is our region's community leadership development and engagement organization. LMR began in 1980 to improve racial, gender, and socio-economic divides in our area's community leadership. Today over 2,000 diverse leaders have participated in our 10-month leadership development program, Leadership Quest. Our graduates mirror our region and include individuals who have been publicly recognized as key leaders in our area and leaders who quietly make significant impact in their communities. We connect diverse leaders with one another and partner with organizations to create opportunities for community engagement. LMR provides leaders with an environment for high-performing conversations, broadens their knowledge and perspectives about our region, and inspires them to serve unselfishly.


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In addition to Leadership Quest, we provide activities and programs for our alumni and the community to strengthen our region's leadership. LMR connects diverse leaders for greater cooperation and understanding. We provide effective community leadership tools and leverage strategic partners to connect leaders to community engagement opportunities that deliver value and create community impact. LMR increases awareness and knowledge of key regional issues through thoughtful examination of the assets and challenges within our region. We gather multiple perspectives on those key issues while creating a safe environment of understanding and respect of the viewpoints of others. LMR inspires collaboration, inclusion, and unselfish service.

Our Mission


Leadership Metro Richmond strengthens our region by connecting diverse leaders and preparing them to serve.

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We Value


  • Continuous Learning

    We believe in an evolution of community improvement, driven by leaders equipped with knowledge and various perspectives about our community.

  • Inclusion & Respect

    We believe that all individuals should be respected, represented, and their contributions valued.

  • Collaboration

    We believe that working together creates better understanding and solution building.

  • Service to the Community

    We believe strong communities are built by servant leaders who are engaged.

  • Open Conversations

    We believe that we must have a safe environment where individuals can engage in challenging dialogue and are respected and heard. Regardless of differences of opinion, our conduct must demonstrate civility and reflect our appreciation of diversity.

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Help Us Build a Stronger Richmond Region
Thanks to the generous support of LMR alumni, community partners, and local corporations, we are able to provide programs and opportunities for community leaders to connect with one another, to increase their understanding of key community issues, and to serve in an impactful manner. By supporting LMR, you will play an integral role in advancing our mission of strengthening the Richmond Region by connecting diverse leaders and preparing them to serve.

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