NVAR Leadership Institute

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Do You Have the Need to Lead?


Congratulations to the 2021 Leadership Institute Class!


Felicia Brewster  Hazar Flashberg  Paul Paolini
Russ Conners   Chanel Harper Megan Reed 
 Rebecca Cullinan  Farid Khan  Deniz Senyurt

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, there is no fee to participate. However, there is 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.


Legislative bus trip

participants at NVAR economic summit


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. 



Dive into NVAR and the 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.




Attend one of NVAR’s 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.




Master the basics of volunteer leadership that are expected of up-and-coming leaders at NVAR - 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 committee selection process.




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.




Attend several events at the NAR Legislative Conference & Meetings in Washington, D.C. The day will include a Leadership Luncheon, two Leadership Express Series sessions and the Trade Show.




Take your knowledge of the NVAR committee selection process 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.




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.




In this two-part session, hear from NVAR’s very own VAR Directors on their involvement at the state level and learn about your state association. Second, meet key staff and leadership of BrightMLS and hear an overview of content regarding benefits to members, along with an outlook of the MLS industry.




At the NVAR Economic Summit, hear from a diverse panel of experts sharing what to expect in the housing market and an examination of various housing, economic and demographic trends on national and local levels.




Explore the trade show floor, be inspired by keynote speakers and make lasting connections at the NVAR Annual Convention & Trade Show! Receive a  special invite to an exclusive VIP Reception with the Convention’s keynote speaker.





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.




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