Henderson County Leadership Conference 2022

Blue Ridge to Host Second Annual Henderson County Leadership Conference

Featured photo: The success of the first Henderson County Leadership Conference, pictured here, inspired the topics of this year’s theme. (Photo by Rich Keen, Marketing & Communications Dept.)

Marketing & Communications Dept.

On Thursday, November 16, Blue Ridge Community College will host the second annual Henderson County Leadership Conference featuring strategies for business and organizational leaders to make the most of 2024.

The fall conference theme is: “Proactively move into 2024 with a plan!” Following check-in and a welcome address, a keynote panel of local business leaders in accommodations, agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, non-profits, restaurants, retail, retirement facilities, service businesses and local government will share their expertise. Next, the conference will feature tips for attracting, managing and retaining employees and independent contractors. The event concludes with a discussion of business and team leadership improvement through technology.

Gary Heisey, executive director of Vision Henderson County, emphasized that leaders and teams attending the conference will learn best practices on working smarter – not harder – to face challenges and reach organizational goals in 2024. He further explained that according to harvardbusiness.org, the most significant challenges currently facing leadership are supply chain issues, hiring enough talent, addressing the impact of sustained inflation and the risk of an economic downturn.

The Henderson County Leadership Conference is a collaboration between Blue Ridge Community College, Vision Henderson County and the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks to sponsor support, the conference is offered at no cost to attendees. Conference organizers recommend registering early at www.blueridge.edu/leadership, as last year’s conference filled quickly after its announcement.

The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on November 16 in the Technology Education Development Center’s (TEDC) Blue Ridge Conference Hall on the College’s Henderson County Campus.