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Abrina Schnurman-Crook
Executive Director
Hollins University
Roanoke, VA 24020
(540) 362-7488


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"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Cohorts for Change leadership program. When I applied to be part of the program, I was intrigued. Following completion of the program, I am eternally grateful. This is hands-down one of the best leadership experiences I have had in quite some time. Your knowledge, direction, and mentoring has been invaluable to me at this juncture of my career. In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the concept and principles of adaptive leadership, I have also made some incredible professional contacts (and friendships) through the Cohorts program. The curriculum was well executed, I have grown immensely from the experience, and I look forward to being part of future leadership development opportunities through Hollins and The Batten Leadership Institute."

Kimberly A.C. Enochs
Executive Vice President, Operations
Rutherfoord, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company

Cohort for Change for men and women.

Echoing critical segments of the high-impact programming delivered in the Batten Leadership Institute, this series invites executive- and senior-level professionals to engage in a deeper level of training.

Who: This course is designed for men and women dedicated and actively engaged in a leadership challenge that connects them to a larger purpose. Participants must be willing to embrace the methods described below and engage in intensive personal reflection. In addition, participants will need to address conflict while giving and receiving feedback. The program is limited to 10 participants.

What: Course content includes Feedback, Values Clarification, Immunities to Change, Conflict, More Feedback, Teams, Adaptive Leadership, and Decision Making.

When: Mondays, September to November 2014, 9 – 11 am.

Where: Downtown Roanoke

How: This series uses group discussion and group dynamics analysis, case simulation, content assessment, in-the-moment feedback, and debriefing. While the instructors will also use traditional teaching methods, all approaches emphasize capacity and skill-building. This group will be expected to hold themselves and one another accountable for adequate preparation, including reading content, video review, or facilitating pre-arranged components.

Application instructions
To receive an application, please email Abrina Schnurman-Crook at aschnurmancrook@hollins.edu or download the application form (Word document).


Along with her work as the founding director of BLI, Katherine Walker has also consulted with local government agencies and currently helps companies and nonprofits develop leadership, effective teams, and productive work cultures. During the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years, Katherine led a women’s leadership series for Loeb Fellows in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She engages in the arts and community building in Roanoke, including cofounding Kirk Avenue Music Hall and serving on a number of nonprofit boards. She serves as a founding board member of the Roanoke Women’s Foundation and member of the Community Leadership Board for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and is past chair of the board of trustees of North Cross School. In 2010, Hollins awarded Katherine the Hollins Medal. Virginia Lawyers Weekly recognized her in 2011 in its selection of Influential Women of Virginia, and DePaul Community Resources honored her with a Women of Achievement Award for Human Relations in 2013.
Abrina Schnurman-Crook is the executive director of the Batten Leadership Institute. Pairing self-knowledge techniques with leadership skills through theory and intense experiential methods, she challenges and expands participants' capacity to deploy themselves in ways that propel their interests and teams forward. She completed her graduate work at Virginia Tech and holds Certificates in Leadership and Management from the Darden School of Business at UVA and the Executive Certificate in the Art and Practice of Leadership from Harvard's Kennedy School.