LTI Leadership Training Institute

LTI 2018 Registration

Registration for the 2018 Leadership Training Institute is now available. 

Online Early Bird Member until 11/13/17   $540

Online Early Bird Non-member until 11/13/17 $595

Regular Member Rate 11/14/17-2/1/18 $565

Regular Non-Member Rate 11/14/17-2/1/18 $620

Late Member Rate 2/2/18-Until Full $595

Late Non-Member Rate 2/2/18-Until Full $650

2018 LTI Alumni Challenge Donation Form

2018 LTI Committee

Kristen Hamill, CPRP
Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Matt Spruill, CPRP
Colonial Heights Recreation & Parks

Amy Woodson, CPRP
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

Kat Fish
Prince William County Parks & Recreation 

Cindy Roeder
Herndon Parks & Recreation
Phone: (703)435-6800

Claire Richardson
Staunton Parks & Recreation

James Mickle, CPRP
Norfolk Parks, Recreation & Open Space

Kelley Herbert
James City Co. Parks & Recreation

Terry Caldwell, CPRP, AFO
Christiansburg Aquatic Center

VRPS Board Liaison

Margaret Thorne
Portsmouth Parks & Recreation
(757)393-5143 x 4264

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Seeking Committee Nominatiions

2020 Leadership Training Institute -Seeks Committee

The purpose of the Leadership Training Institute is to develop leadership skills in individuals; to develop future leadership for the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, leisure service professional organizations, and agencies.

The LTI committee consists of 9 members. This team of high quality leaders is tasked with the organization and implementation of the bi-annual Leadership Training Institute. These individuals must be professional members of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society and past graduates of the Leadership Training Institute who will serve a minimum of 2 years (1 institute) and a maximum of 6 years (3 institutes), based on a staggered structure.

These individuals must have support of their supervisor and be professional members of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society:
* Attendance at quarterly planning meetings at the VRPS Central Office in Mechanicsville the year prior to the institute;
* Attendance at monthly meetings at the VRPS Central Office in Mechanicsville or the LTI location the year of the institute;
* Registration to and full attendance at the Institute.

Committee members will choose from among the following functional areas to carry out for the institute:  Education, Evaluation, Site and Housing, Social, Recruitment, Marketing, and Development 

Please be aware that all members of the planning team have a responsibility to contribute to recruiting sponsorship funding to make this Institute a success. 


Proven Career Advancement - 90% of Directors & Upper Management personnel in Virginia Parks & Recreation Departments have graduated from LTI

Beautiful Setting - LTI takes place at Wintergreen Resort & utilizes mountain top housing and amenities

Fun Educational Sessions - LTI prides itself in offering fun, interactive & educational games, activities & presenters centered around bringing out the leader in you

Networking Opportunities - Meet other professionals from around the state to make lasting relationships, share ideas, improve your self confidence and begin forming a support group to last throughout your career

CEU's - Earn CEU's to help maintain your certifications or to help get you on your way to becoming certified

Leadership Training Institute 2018

What to Expect at LTI

Leadership Training Institute (LTI) is a premiere program for leadership development for professionals in the parks & recreation field.  It is an exclusive opportunity to expand their awareness, involvement, and potential for growth.  This 2.5 day program is designed to enhance the talents of, and renew a sense of commitment among current and emerging leaders in the field.  

LTI is located at the Wintergreen Resort which is on top of a mountain. Attendees are encouraged to carpool throughout the weekend and are cautioned of steep and curvy rural roads as well as the changeable weather conditions.  The LTI experience is focused on promoting networking throughout the weekend. You will be housed in smoke free coed homes with the intention of networking, group interaction, and teamwork.  The retreat-style housing includes a roommate of the same sex and a shared bathroom with roommate and/or hall mates (generally of the same sex).  Attendance at all education, social, and house activities are mandatory during the weekend. 

    "I attended LTI 3 years ago and have nothing but glowing reviews of the LTI experience. In the past 3 years since attending LTI, I have kept in touch with various Recreation Professionals that I met there as well as some connections that have been invaluable. The networking that goes on at LTI is second to none. While VRPS annual conference is a great resource for networking, while at LTI, you are in isolation for days with only the LTI conference members to connect with. It was so rewarding to live with people from other localities and backgrounds for a few days and learn of experiences and methods they use in their programs. Not only are they from different localities but are also from different departments in their respective cities.

    I would recommend the LTI experience to everyone at least one time during your Recreation and Parks Career."

- Thomas Gates, Hopewell 

LTI 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2018 Leadership Training Institute (LTI) is a semi-annual conference targeting Leaders in the Park and Recreation Field throughout Virginia. The Institute, park of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS)…..

 began 28 years ago and has served as an important training for some of the brightest leaders in the Recreation field.
 VRPS was one of the first state organizations in the country to establish this groundbreaking model leadership program that is often replicate by others in the profession.
 Over 90% of Directors and Upper Level Management working in Virginia’s Parks and Recreation Departments have graduated from LTI.

Your company can become a part of this innovative institute by becoming a sponsor. Monies donated to LTI will be used to support activities that further the program in order to keep costs to the participants at a minimum, including:
 Securing National Speakers and session leaders
 Providing educational tools for participants
 Promotional materials such as t-shirts, bags, and binders
 Meals and programs
 Other logistical support such as signs and materials

The attendees at LTI are often purchasing agents for their departments and have influence on product and service choices. Sponsors have a unique opportunity to present their products and services to Recreation Professionals from across the state.

Click here for a listing of sponsorship levels and their corresponding benefits.

LTI 2016 Photos

Thanks to LTI 2018 Sponsors