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BOLD - Building Optimal Leaders by Design

What is BOLD?

BOLD is an advanced leadership program established by the Community Leadership Development Board to provide mentees an opportunity to work with and interact with preeminent leaders in our community. It also provides an opportunity for mentors to "develop" our community's future leaders. Through involvement in BOLD, mentees will receive the following benefits:


  • Heightened understanding and knowledge of the community
  • Shared vision for the future of the community
  • Enhanced personal growth and leadership development
  • Increased commitment to community engagement
  • Enriched social capital and networking opportunities

Program Format:

The program's format includes several interactive presentations as a group with the possibility of incorporating other organizations from the area, several meetings as small groups and several one-on-one meetings with your mentor.

Mentee Eligibility and Expectations:

BOLD is a two-year commitment with certain prerequisites and expectations. Potential mentees must have previously demonstrated leadership within our community through completion of Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham (previously Community Leadership Program), the Non-Profit Institutue, similar program or experience. Mentees have lived in the community for at least one year.  Full participation is expected in all BOLD conferences, seminars, meetings and projects. Mentees must be willing to participate in an annual BOLD service project as well as be willing to serve on an assigned non-profit board upon completion of the program.  There is also the expectation that BOLD alumni will help sustain the program through input and involvement on the planning committee and possibly as a mentor in future years.

BOLD Application, please click here.

BOLD Graduation, please click here to RSVP.

2016-2018 BOLD Participants:

Lindsey Douglas, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Jeremy Hartman, WHSV
Jay Webb, WHSV
Buck Ailer, LSC Communications
Ben Entsminger, LSC Communications
Quinton Callahan, Clark & Bradshaw, P.C.
Emily Weller, VMRC

Daphyne Thomas, JMU
Tom Mendez, BB&T Insurance
Alan Shelton, Cargill
Kurt Boshart, Harrisonburg P.D.
Andy Vanhook, Appeal Production
Gary Calleo, Retired
Dixie Garber, United Bank


2015-2017 BOLD Participants:

Megan Argenbright, Brown, Edwards, & Co
Matthew Beahm, F&M Bank
Matt Frakes, Morgan Stanley
Tim Troyer, LSC Communications
Ritchie Vaughan, Kline May
Vaughn Zepp, LSC Communications

Cary Hevener, Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc.
Chaz Haywood, Clerk of Court - Rockingham County
Doug Driver, Lantz Construction Company
Michael Walsh, JMU
Kelly Blosser, Riddleberger Brothers, Inc.
Wayne Witmer, Harman Construction, Inc.


Year 1 - 2016-2017                                                          

Early September 2016
Initial Meeting with Mentees
Late September 2016
Networking Breakfast and Presentation
December 2017
Networking Breakfast and Presentation
March 2017
Networking Breakfast and Presentation
April 2017
Service Project
May 2017
Year 1 Wrap Up; Presentation

Year 2 - 2017-2018

September 2017 Networking Breakfast and Presentation
December 2017 Networking Breakfast and Presentation
Feb/March 2018 Networking Breakfast and Presentation
April 2018 Service Project
May 2018 Graduation

*In addition to the group meetings listed above, mentees are required to meet with their mentor separately at least once during each calendar quarter

Questions regarding the BOLD may be directed to cturner@hrchamber.org.