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Emerging Leaders Forum Dates and Topics Certificate in Professional Leadership    March Description Workshop Registration    Sponsors

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Hollins University

Hollins is an independent liberal arts university dedicated to academic excellence and humane values. Hollins University offers undergraduate liberal arts education for women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and community outreach initiatives. The Hollins curriculum and cocurricular programs prepare students for lives of active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society.

The Hollins community sustains talented students engaged in challenging study, and productive scholars and artists devoted to teaching and to the advancement of knowledge. Experiential learning, study abroad, and internships enhance the academic program. The hallmarks of a Hollins education are creativity and effective self-expression, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and independent inquiry and the free exchange of ideas.

Hollins nurtures civility, integrity, and concern for others, encourages and values diversity and social justice, and affirms the equal worth of women and men. Our university motto, Levavi Oculos, calls us to leadership and service in accord with the Hollins values and traditions.

The Batten Leadership Institute

Hollins has been developing women leaders since its founding more than 160 years ago. In 2002, thanks to a gift from business leader and philanthropist Frank Batten, and his wife, Jane Parke Batten (Hollins class of 1958), Hollins created the Batten Leadership Institute or BLI.

The BLI is an umbrella organization that manages a diverse array of programs and initiatives:

  • The Certificate of Leadership Studies, offered to undergraduate students
  • A Certificate in Professional Leadership for professional women in the Roanoke area, local high school programming, and summer camps
  • Consulting to local and national organizations
  • the new Emerging Leaders Forum

Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1890, the Roanoke Regional Chamber remains dedicated to serving about 1,300 members by working to create an environment that's good for your business and its bottom line.

The Chamber's mission is to serve the interests of our members by providing leadership, advocacy, and action that will help the Roanoke Region achieve its potential as a desirable place to live, work, and visit.

The program of work is driven by our members' needs and concerns - member companies range from one employee to more than 11,000.

The focus is regional because it best represents where our members do business - membership comes from more than 50 localities in Virginia. And the programs and services of the Roanoke Regional Chamber are as far-reaching and diverse as the membership.