The 2017 Brushy Fork Annual Institute was held on September 19-21 at Berea College.
Held each September at Berea College since 2005, the Annual Institute brings together Appalachian leaders to encourage, inspire, and learn from each other.
Attendees participate in intensive skill-building sessions that cover a broad range of topics important to rural communities, from leadership development to economic development strategies.
Designed to build the capacity of nonprofits and community-based organizations in Central Appalachia, the Annual Institute provides the knowledge, networking opportunities, resources, and training people need to act strategically and effectively.
Our leadership team includes grassroots leaders; Brushy Fork Institute staff; Berea College faculty, staff, and alumni; nationally-recognized consultants; and a host of regional partner organizations.
We routinely host more than 150 participants each year. Many are returning attendees who view the Institute as a sort of annual homecoming — a place to gather with friends, renew their inspiration, and recharge their batteries for the road ahead.
Our goals are simple:
- We build community and create an environment where everyone is both an expert and a learner.
- We create capacity and encourage the collaboration needed to advance regional efforts.
- We make leadership accessible to all.
Through attending, you will expand your network of contacts, gather resources for putting ideas to action, and acquire hands-on skills to solve community challenges.
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