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Christine Kennedy, Leadership Lynchburg

Pre-Conference: Community Leadership Practitioner Training Learning Session: Chamber Programs - Interactive Workshop

Christine Kennedy’s leadership journey started over 19 years ago when she was
hired at the Lynchburg Regional Chamber (now the Lynchburg Regional Business
Alliance) to oversee their Leadership Lynchburg program. In 2015, she led the Chamber into a
successful merger with their regional economic development organization eliminating
competition and creation regional collaboration that had been non-existent for years.
Leadership Lynchburg is now considered a flagship program for emerging and high potential
leaders and provides skill building, community engagement and team projects with over 2500
graduates. During her tenure, Leadership Lynchburg has also added an Executive Leaders
Forum and in the fall of 2019, they will launch a collegiate program. She is the recipient of the
National Preceptor Award for innovative and impactful leadership from the Community
Leadership Association.
She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Liberty and she received her coaching
credentials from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She is a gifted &
inspirational facilitator and frequently shares her facilitation skills to local, state and national
organizations for workshops and retreats in the areas of leadership, life balance, strategic
planning and change management.
Aside from professional leadership responsibilities she also finds time to serve in local and
international ministry where she leads teams and mentors individuals.
She currently serves as Chair of the Southeast Board of Regents for the US Chamber of
Commerce Foundation, and Lynchburg’s regional Workforce Development Board.
Christine and her husband live on a 17- acre farm in Virginia and have restored an 1860’s
farmhouse called The Sanctuary Farm and Retreat Center, a place to get away from the noise
and busyness of life to think, dream, pray and set goals.