NVAR Leadership Institute

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Leadership is not a position. It is an action and example.

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Welcome to the 2024 Leadership Institute Class!

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Anthony Athanason
Esther Biggs
Elana Boulos
Claudia Flamenco
Charles Hoskins
Carla Marshall-Moore
Brett Nickley
Nana Noi
Michael Pena

Marie Valmonte
Jim Vincent

Brooke Zannio

Leadership Institute

The role of the NVAR Leadership Institute is to prepare interested members for a future in volunteer leadership within the Realtor® association environment. Realtor® members with demonstrated leadership abilities and who are passionate about the industry are encouraged to apply. 

You may be overqualified if you:

  • Serve(d) on the Board of Directors for NVAR, VAR, and/or NAR

NVAR offers accepted members an opportunity to participate in this year-long program, which provides participants with the skills and knowledge they will need to become effective leaders for the association. The specific objective of the Leadership Institute is to familiarize future leaders with all aspects of the NVAR Realtor® family, including the Virginia Association of Realtors®, the National Association of Realtors® and BrightMLS. 

Each Leadership Institute class consists of approximately 12 members who share their leadership journey with each other, build contacts, and develop and enhance their leadership skills for future leadership collaboration. If selected for the Leadership Institute, a $250 fee applies, to be fully refunded upon completion of the program. Applicant may also choose to donate the $250 fee to the NV/RPAC or Realtors® Relief Foundation. There is also a Confirmation of Commitment that must be signed in order to continue. Applications will be reviewed, and appointments will be made by the incoming NVAR President of the Board.

Staff Support:

Courtney Groch
Director of Events and Association Leadership

Grace Parr
Manager of Communications, Engagement, and Experience


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There are 12 in-person interactive sessions each year requiring approximately a one-day commitment per month throughout the year as outlined below. Completion of all sessions is required to graduate. 

January 11

Dive into NVAR and the 2021 Leadership Institute!  Network with new classmates, discover the value of this unique program, and gain an overview of class expectations.  Learn about the history, mission and structure of the Realtor® association on the national, state and local levels, while gaining an understanding of the NVAR budget process, Realtor® Code of Ethics, NVAR Arbitration and Grievance, and the NV/RPAC and lobbying process.

January 25

Join NVAR for one of our most popular events: Realtor® Lobby Day in Richmond.  Gain insight into the lobbying process in Richmond, meet your elected officials, observe how NVAR staff work closely with the General Assembly and the Virginia Association of Realtors® to lobby on behalf of Realtors®.  The NVAR Government Affairs team and the chair of the RPAC Trustees will explain the connection between RPAC and its impact on the lobbying process.


February 23

Become masters of volunteer leadership including best practices, leadership planning, roles and responsibilities and communication techniques.  Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the Board and staff in an association setting, along with the NVAR committee selection process.  Take your knowledge further and learn methods to develop core leadership skills used by effective leaders within the association.  Students will hear from key leaders, such as current Directors and committee chairs, in a panel discussion regarding vision, strategic planning, leading vs. managing and more.

March 6

Attend an interactive media training instructed by a professional media consultant who will provide tools to effectively communicate with local media (and other facets of Public Relations).  The focus will be on preparing for an interview, understanding your message, knowing what to say/what to leave unsaid and a brief overview of social media strategies to promote the Realtor® brand.

April 25

Hear from NVAR’s very own VAR Directors on their involvement at the state level.  We’ll tour the Virginia Realtors® offices and meet key staff at your state association.

May 6-9

Follow a sample agenda and attend several events in-person at NAR's 2022 Legislative Conference & Meetings and attend the RCE Luncheon.


June 6

Meet key staff and leadership of Bright MLS and hear an overview of content regarding benefits to members, along with an outlook of the MLS industry.

September 25


Meet key staff and leadership of the National Association of Realtors® and tour their building in Washington, D.C.  Learn the history of NAR’s affiliates and subsidiaries, along with an in-depth overview of what NAR does for state and local associations.


October 15

Be inspired by industry experts and make lasting connections at the NVAR Annual Convention & Trade Show.  Attend special themed in-person events each afternoon for fun activities with NVAR members and service providers!


November 11

Plan next steps and future goals as a volunteer leader and position yourself for success.  Hear from a panel of past Leadership Institute graduates discussing tips and tricks to succeed as a volunteer while conducting business.  We will also present Class Projects during this session.



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Congratulations!  Attend the NVAR Installation of Board of Directors and Appreciation Ceremony, followed by a reception to network with association leaders.