2019 Brushy Fork Leadership Summit: September 18-20

About the Leadership Summit

The 2019 Brushy Fork Leadership Summit brings together community and nonprofit leaders to build skills and make connections to support their work. Brushy Fork is recognized regionally for high quality workshops led by experienced, hands-on presenters. The Leadership Summit continues this tradition of excellence. Held on the beautiful Berea College campus, this event focuses on leadership development and is designed to serve people with a variety of skills and experience. Whether you are the executive leader of a nonprofit organization or a volunteer with a grassroots community group, the Leadership Summit has a workshop track for you! Register today to reserve your spot as spaces in workshop tracks are limited!

Berea College is pleased to announce that the 2019 Brushy Fork Leadership Summit (formerly the Annual Institute) will take place on the Berea College campus on September 18 to 20.

Early Bird Session, September 18

The Leadership Summit will begin with an intensive early bird session, Exploring the Landscape for Leadership Development in Appalachia, held at Boone Tavern.

Workshop Tracks, September 19 and 20

The Summit also will feature intensive hands-on workshop tracks led by experts in their fields, including:

Leadership for Community Reconciliation

Explore how to approach challenges in communication and action in our communities, and practice techniques for moderating discussions around difficult issues. This track will be led by Monica Jones, Director of the Black Cultural Center at Berea College, and Leslie Stone, Leadership and Community Development Consultant of Stone Strategies in West Virginia.

Personal Leadership Development

Discover your natural strengths using the Strengths-Based Leadership tool and learn conflict and communication styles based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This track will be led by Heather Schill, Director of Organizational Learning and Practice at Berea College’s Partners for Education and a certified Myers-Briggs trainer.

Using Data for Effective Leadership

Explore how to develop clear goals, supported by research, and learn the types of research and data that are useful in each stage of any project. This workshop will be led by Dr. Randy Stoecker, Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin.

Leadership for Strategic Community Results

Consider how to create a vision, build trust, and engage the broader community in development efforts. Learn from people that have achieved extraordinary results through the efforts of local leaders. This workshop track will be led by Dr. Vaughn Grisham, Director Emeritus of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, and author and teacher Mrs. Sandy Grisham.

Executive Nonprofit Leadership

Go beyond the basics of nonprofits through practical approaches to executive-level issues, such as creating and communicating a strategic vision, planning for leadership succession, and handling communications with funders and board members. This workshop track will be led by Lee Ellen Martin, Fundraising Consultant, and Donna Daniels of Brushy Fork Leadership Institute.

Women and Leadership

Articulate your own leadership goals and explore balancing responsibility with self-care to help renew your strength as you face challenging roles. Consider how to seek and work with mentors to help you along the way and be a mentor to those who are following you on the path to resilient leadership. This workshop track will be led by Tanya Torp, Leadership Consultant and Executive Director of Step by Step in Lexington, Kentucky.


The registration fee is $325 and includes the optional early bird, workshop tracks, meals, and materials. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging.


Please contact Donna Daniels or Debbie Kirk, or call Brushy Fork at (859) 985-3858.

2019 Brushy Fork Leadership Summit Brochure

Leadership Summit Brochure Cover