Blueridge Advisors consults with organizations to prepare and mentor internal leaders to develop the skills and knowledge to build effective organizations.


Coaching is a valuable form of development in which an individual receives practical and highly effective advice to achieve specific personal and professional goals. We work with a network of coaches that provides assistance to staff at all levels. As your coach, “… we will stay with you and help you select the goal, engage with it, progress through it, achieve it and integrate the accomplishment into your life.” Thomas Leonard, found of Coach University.

  • Have you thought about how you could uncover your staff’s hidden talents?
  • Have you considered how to bring your board and staff in alignment with your organization’s mission?
  • Have you thought about your public profile and its position in your area of expertise?

Our coaching helps individuals discover answers to these and other critical questions.


The first months of a new executive’s tenure determines how successful that person will be in the new role. We help define expectations and formulate a plan for integrating the new leader. To avoid getting lost in the maelstrom of “all things are of highest priority,” Blueridge Advisors facilitates an onboarding process with the client partner over the first six to twelve months.

Case: A national social justice organization ensured its new executive director was ready to hit the ground day one.

 After an extensive search to hire a new CEO, the board determined it needed to support the CEO by creating an onboarding plan to clarify expectations during the first six months on the job.

We provided a framework for their onboarding plan, guided the development of the performance goals, and assessed their goals, objectives, and priorities.

We interviewed the new CEO about his expectations of the board, and facilitated a working session to achieve agreements in principle. We also formed a plan that served as a road map for the CEO and board for the first six months of the CEO’s tenure.

Governance Advising

Boards serve a critical role in all organizations. Blueridge Advisors consults with boards on roles of board members, and works alongside of them to build more effective practices.

Case: A social justice organization’s board resets with a retreat

A board wanted to understand best practices in nonprofit governance and sought advice on agendas and goals. After we observed two board meetings, we suggested they hold a half-day retreat to focus on increasing their understanding of their role in advancing the organization’s mission, and what steps they could take to be more effective.

We shared with the board members what practices work for other non-profit boards and explored specific practices to adopt.

Blueridge Advisors developed and facilitated the half-day session, which created space for building trust and meaningful collaboration.

What resulted was a number of tangible actions, some of which were adopted immediately and others that needed to be implemented in the course of the next six months. At the end of the session, the board members acknowledged that they had accomplished their goal to produce a guide for them to use and adapt.