2018 Annual Institute: September 18-20

The 2018 Brushy Fork Annual Institute was held on September 18-20 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:

  1. We build community and create an environment where everyone is both an expert and a learner.
  2. We create capacity and encourage the collaboration needed to advance regional efforts.
  3. 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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