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


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Grow your edge.

Hollins' Batten Leadership Institute (BLI) teaches you the best mix of soft and hard skills to give you a competitive edge in any discipline.

You'll work in teams to create strategies to adapt to and manage change.

You'll have plenty of practice in conflict resolution and negotiation.

If you choose to accept the challenge, you'll get training unmatched by any other college. You'll give life to our university slogan — "women who are going places start at Hollins" — in exciting and meaningful ways. You'll learn from your professors, your peers, and the women who've been through the program.

"We help students expand their edge of what they are able to do as leaders. When students accept our invitation to enter the program, they give us permission to push and challenge them in an incredibly supportive environment. We think of it as a little tough love alongside our unwavering belief in a universal capacity for change and growth."
—BLI executive director Abrina Schnurman-Crook



Want a taste of the program?

Try our Level-One leadership quiz. (PDF)