Leadership Metro Richmond, Inc.

aka LMR   |   Richmond, VA   |  WWW.LMRONLINE.ORG


Leadership Metro Richmond’s mission is to strengthen the Richmond region by connecting diverse leaders and preparing them to serve. LMR envisions a region where all leaders are informed, inclusive, and engaged.

Ruling year info


President & CEO

Myra Goodman Smith

Main address

2101 Maywill Street

Richmond, VA 23230 USA

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NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As regional issues become more complex and ambiguous and the exodus of baby boomers from the tables of governance and community solution-building becomes more evident, there is a need to increase the number of diverse community leaders prepared to serve. Community economic vitality is primarily determined by the quantity of leaders in a community and how, individually and collectively, they talk, decide, act, and interact with one another. Our communities need solid regional community leadership to flourish and prosper. LMR’s purpose, mission, and goals are aligned to address the need for connected and diverse community leaders that are prepared to make informed decisions,

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leadership Quest

Leadership Quest (LQ) is a ten-month community leadership development program that connects 65-70 diverse leaders to increase their understanding of one another and build relationships.  An environment is created to support authenticity and trust.  

The curriculum is designed to increase participants’ knowledge and perspectives about key regional issues from subject matter experts and key decision-makers. Participants can learn and apply tools essential for community leaders, such as tools for dialogue and polarity management. In addition, they engage in a design thinking immersion experience to address the challenges of ambiguity.  Class participants immerse themselves in a regional topic and as teams, reframe a community problem in a human-centric manner, research, and present recommended solutions and calls to action.

Population(s) Served

LMR plays a role in our region’s governance ecosystem and is the only organization focusing on racial equity in the nonprofit boardroom. Our Board Engagement Program includes activities that connect diverse adult residents and leaders interested in board service with nonprofits seeking board members. Activities for Board Engagement are free to participants. First, LMR holds a Board Connector event twice yearly to connect board seekers to agencies. These exhibit hall-type events are held at the Collaboratory and create the opportunity for in-person connections for engagement. In addition, LMR offers one-on-one board concierge services for individuals and nonprofits to create connections that could lead to new board members. Individuals and organizations contact LMR through the website, and staff works to match agency recruitment identity needs to individuals’ interests and expertise, and vice versa.

Population(s) Served

LMR provides targeted leadership development workshops in areas community leaders need to be effective in their roles. LMR presents workshop sessions on nonprofit governance and best practices to enhance and prepare nonprofit board leaders. In Spring 2023, LMR will present a series of four workshops on board essentials, succession planning, recruitment, and a purpose-driven board.

Leadership Metro Richmond partners with Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities to present Leading Conversations: Best Practices in Facilitation, an intensive three-session training that bolsters leaders’ facilitation skills and provides guidelines and techniques for engaging stakeholders constructively. The session helps participants navigate challenging conversations.   Participants are given the opportunity to put their skills into practice.

Population(s) Served

Alumni Connections are a series of opportunities for Leadership Quest alums, and often their guest, to connect with peers. LMR convenes diverse alums to participate in challenging conversations around issues of importance to our community. Alumni Connections activities create a safe space for dialogue that requires trust, invites vulnerability, and fosters relationships amongst community leaders. LMR increases alum knowledge of community assets by holding site visits at distinctive new locations in our region. Activities are held to create space for alums and community leaders to network and build relationships. Each year, LMR holds a Fall Reception and a Spring Luncheon and encourages past Quest classes to have mini-reunions.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Affiliations & memberships

Association of Leadership Programs 2023

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To become the source for diverse and informed leaders to expand community engagement and innovative solution-building in the Richmond region.

To continue to evolve and maintain relevance as a trusted and respected voice that advocates for diverse, informed, and engaged leadership.

To attract and retain human resources and to equip them to effectively impact our organization’s evolving needs.

To create a proactive, forward-looking long-term model for financial stability.

Engagement Strategies:
Increase the quantity and diversity of Leadership Quest applicants
Improve the planning and implementation of Leadership Quest
Strengthen and diversify the board leadership of nonprofit organizations
Deliver high-quality community and alums programs

Respected Voice Strategies
Position LMR as a resource for public comment on topics aligned with the purpose
Ensure consistent messaging for public consumption that explains who, what, and why
Encourage alums to keep LMR top of mind for continuous reference,

Attract and Retain Human Capital Strategies
Increase the board of directors’ knowledge of organizational programs and activities.
Increase relationship-building opportunities among the board
Strengthen the board’s strategic, financial, and CEO oversight

Model for Financial Stability Strategies
Increase and Diversify funding sources.
Create a five-year financial plan.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    LMR serves adults and community leaders in the greater Richmond region. Our programs connect and prepare diverse leaders and prepare them to serve impactfully in our area.

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our flagship program is 10 months, with a two-half-day retreat in January on DEI. Based on feedback, we changed the upcoming cohort to have a full day in January 2024.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Leadership Metro Richmond, Inc.

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Leadership Metro Richmond, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Rasheeda Creighton

Jackson Ward Collective

Term: 2022 - 2023

Chris Accashian

Bon Secours Richmond Health Systems

George Forsythe


Robin Brewster

Community Volunteer

Kimberly Dickerson

Capital One

Wendell Fuller

Fuller Wealth Advisors, Inc

Lynn McDaniel

Virginia Center for Innovative Technology

Paula Reid

Virginia Retirement System

Stephen Hayes


Rasheeda Creighton

The Jackson Ward Collectivep

Patricia Foster

City of Richmond

Stephen Davenport

Virginia Commonwealth University

Tyren Frazier

Chesterfield Education Foundation

Jen Kostyniuk

Dominion Energy

Lisa Ramirez

YMCA of Greater Richmond

Quan Schneider


Eileen Yost


Jeff Conley

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/07/2023

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.