Leadership Training Institute

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.

This year, LTI looks a little different.  While LTI is typically located at the Wintergreen Resort, due to continuing travel restrictions and other safety protocols brought on by COVID-19, LTI is going virtual.

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At its core, the LTI experience is focused on promoting networking throughout the training - and going virtual won't change that.  Connecting this year to other leaders in the field is critically important as we all navigate new waters.

Adding to the LTI experience this year, 5 preconference sessions are being included throughout the 6 months leading up to the Institute. Attendance at the education sessions and virtual activities are mandatory, however if you are not able to join live, registrants should plan to watch the recorded training as soon as their schedule permits.


April 26-28, 2021 - virtual

Monday, April 26 - 9am-3pm

Tuesday, April 27, 8am-5pm

Wednesday, April 28, 9am-12:30pm


Learn, Transform, Inspire with LTI:



LTI 2022 - Wintergreen Resort!

April 25-27, 2022

more information available early May


Proven Career Advancement 

Over 90% of Directors & Upper Management personnel in Virginia Parks & Recreation Departments have graduated from LTI

Beautiful Setting

LTI (usually) takes place at Wintergreen Resort & utilizes mountain top housing and amenities - this year, you can enjoy LTI from the comfort of your home or office

Fun Educational Sessions 

LTI prides itself in offering fun, interactive & educational games, activities & presenters centered around bringing out the leader in you (activities will still be interactive, just from afar)

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


Earn CEU's to help maintain your certifications or to help get you on your way to becoming certified (the preconference sessions will give you additional opportunities to earn CEUs)

Registration for April 2021 is now CLOSED - please check back soon regarding information on registering for LTI 2022!

"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 Sponsorship Opportunities

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

  • has served as an important training for some of the brightest leaders in the Recreation field since 1985!

  • 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.

A BIG Thank you to all of our Sponsors!

Leadership Training Institute presented by:

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Eldon James

LTI Committee

Kelley Herbert, CPRP

James City Co. Parks & Recreation
(757) 259-5372

Kari Diop, CPRP

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation
(757) 385-6208

Joyce Johnson

Augusta County Parks & Recreation
(540) 245-5727

AJ McCage

Hopewell Recreation & Parks
(804) 541-2353

James Mickle, CPRP, CPSI

Norfolk Parks, Recreation & Open Space
(757) 441-1440

Claire Richardson, CPRP, CPSI

Nelson County Parks & Recreation
(434) 263-7133

Cindy Roeder

Herndon Parks & Recreation
(703) 435-6800

Art Thatcher

Green Play, LLC
(757) 592-3103

LaTanya Turner, CPRP

Isle of Wight Parks & Recreation
(757) 357-5951

Matt Spruill

VRPS Board Liaison
Colonial Heights Recreation & Parks
(804) 520-9392