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Abrina Schnurman-Crook
Executive Director
Hollins University
Roanoke, VA 24020
(540) 362-7488


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Grow your edge.

Hollins' Batten Leadership Institute (known as BLI on campus) teaches you how to adapt to the one constant in life: change.

We do this by increasing your skills and capacities, effectively expanding the options you might consider in a given situation. The result of this growth? An "edge" that's farther from your current comfort zone and that translates to a deeper exploration of your own leadership potential.

As BLI executive director Abrina Schnurman-Crook says, "We help students expand their edge of what they are able to do as leaders. When students accept our invitation to enter the program, they give us permission to push and challenge them in an incredibly supportive environment. We think of it as a little tough love alongside our unwavering belief in a universal capacity for change and growth."

If you choose to accept the challenge, you'll get training unmatched by any other college. You'll give life to our university motto — "women who are going places start at Hollins" — in exciting and meaningful ways. You'll learn from your professors, your peers, and the women who've been through the program.


Want a taste of the program?

Try our Level-One leadership quiz. (PDF)