June 16th, 2017 @ Old Dominion University 9 AM- 4pm

Happy Hour at Cogans North immediately following the Summit

The Summit...

 

Originally created by U.S. Senator Mark Warner, Virginia21’s Young Professionals Summit provides a space for young Virginians to cultivate new skills, network, and hear from accomplished leaders in a variety of fields. This conference is sure to be a unique experience that empowers a generation of leaders in their personal and professional lives. Don't miss out! 

This year's speakers...

Cherry Dale, Director of Financial Education, Virginia Credit Union

Cherry Dale, Director of Financial Education, Virginia Credit Union

Cherry Dale joined Virginia Credit Union as the Credit Union’s first full-time director of financial education in 2007. A former kindergarten teacher, she taught at Ridge Elementary School in Henrico County for 8 years and holds a master’s of education degree in instruction and curriculum from the University of Virginia.

Attracted to Virginia Credit Union’s not-for-profit status and its mission of helping people get ahead, Cherry formed successful partnerships with schools and community organizations, such as Fairfield Elementary School and the Richmond Public Library. As Chair of the Board for the Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy, she has organized numerous educational programs for teachers in meeting State Board of Education requirements for personal finance and economics. She has developed financial education curricula for all ages, and provided hundreds of hours of classroom time teaching about savings, budgeting, and managing debt. Under her direction, more than 14,000 people participated in Virginia Credit Union financial education workshops or seminars in each of the past four years

 
Max Greenhood, President, Rocket Bike

Max Greenhood, President, Rocket Bike

Max Greenhood is an award-winning entrepreneur and business consultant with a knack for problem solving and creative thinking. Founder of RocketBike Digital Agency, Max has led product strategy, creative campaigns, and interactive projects for a range of clients from consumer brands like Intel, Gator Cases, and Timbers Resorts, to cutting-edge enterprise technology by companies like Rollbar, Dell EMC, Avito, and Tintri.  

Max is active in the local business community as First Vice President of the Olde Towne Business Association and was recently on the judging committee for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards. Max is currently working on two real estate projects in downtown Portsmouth, preparing to launch a groundbreaking space exploration app in late summer of 2017, and working with his father and a national bakery producer to distribute BagelNutz (a cream-cheese filled bagel ball) to retailers throughout the US.

 
Leigh-Anne Cade, Director of Training, VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads

Leigh-Anne Cade, Director of Training, VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads

As Director of Training for VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, which has evolved from a traditional volunteer clearinghouse into a full-service management support organization for the nonprofit sector, Leigh-Anne develops and implements forums, symposiums and training events. Additionally she researches, develops and facilitates customized training including board governance and volunteer management for the organization’s nonprofit partners. Leigh-Anne also serves as the head trainer and facilitator for the Service Enterprise Initiative, a national program which is designed to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations through high level volunteer utilization.

Prior to coming to VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, Leigh-Anne worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for 13 years where she conducted trainings nationally.  Positions with the Society included programs and services, nonprofit management, advocacy and fundraising. She also worked for the American Heart Association and completed her graduate level internship at the American Cancer Society. Leigh-Anne earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University in Maryland, her Master of Public Health degree from San Diego State University and is certified in volunteer administration by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.

 

JJ White, Chief Engagement Officer, Dale Carnegie

JJ White, Chief Engagement Officer, Dale Carnegie

JJ joined the Dale Carnegie organization as a franchise owner in 2000. He
holds certification in the Sales Effectiveness, Leadership, Team Engagement,
Presentation Effectiveness and Process Improvement curricula. In 2007 he
received the Global Dale Carnegie Superior Trainer Award.

His recent accomplishments include induction to the Dale Carnegie 2010
Millennium Group, a collection of the top 20 franchises in the world. In 2006
he was a part of the Blue Ridge Business Journal top 20 under 40 business
leaders in the region and most recently was ranked a top 25 sales
professional by Valley Business Front Magazine.


JJ serves as a Board Member of the Virginia Council for CEOs and also as
Past-President of the International Dale Carnegie Franchisee Association.
He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting
from Roanoke College and resides in Goochland, Virginia with his wife
Samantha and children Ike and Millie.

Clicker here for more information on the Dale Carnegie program and training registration.

 
Carletta Waddler, Vice President of Talent Curve Solutions, LLC

Carletta Waddler, Vice President of Talent Curve Solutions, LLC

Ms. Waddler attended Howard University and graduated with a degree in communications.  She moved to the Hampton Roads area to begin her broadcasting career in 1982.  She started her career in sales eventually progressing to sales management and general management.  She worked in TV and radio.  At one time she was one of two women in the country managing a major market station.

After twenty years in broadcasting she started her own marketing and training business, Waddler & Associates.  Her client list included The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England, The Amistaad, Barbados tourism; Hoop it Up, Crime Line, Project Excel, the Mariner’s Museum and hundreds of regional businesses and community colleges.  Ms. Waddler has also served as a workshop presenter for community colleges and various non-profit organizations across the country.

 After being derailed by a bout of life-threatening cancer, she started another business EcoMaintenance and was given a grant by the State of NC.   In 2008 after quite a bit of soul searching and the completion of her grant requirement she closed EcoMaintenance and took a project management position at Talent Curve, LLC eventually becoming VP of the company.

Ms. Waddler’s responsibility and career has spanned from CEO of businesses, to staff development, recruitment, and training of two large career counseling call centers for the department of defense.  She has the unique perspective of a business owner and a small and large business executive. 

 Ms. Waddler has won countless awards including the coveted Echoes of Excellent media award.  Ms. Waddler has served on the board of the D’art Center in Norfolk, VA and the HERS shelter in Portsmouth, VA. She currently serves on the River City CDC board in Elizabeth City, NC ,  on the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce board in Norfolk, VA. and on the board of the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.  Carletta is also the President of the National Council of Negro Women in Northeastern North Carolina.
 

Danny Rubin, Business Communications Expert; Author

Danny Rubin, Business Communications Expert; Author

Danny is an award-winning author and expert on business communication skills. His first book, Wait, How Do I Write This Email?, is a collection of 100+ templates for networking and the job search. It's endorsed by the national office for "vo-tech" education and used inside the Pentagon. His new book (due out June 2017), Wait, How Do I Promote My Business?, is another 100+ writing guides, this time for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

A former TV news reporter and media consultant, Danny has provided guidance to NBC’s “Meet the Press,” MSNBC and USA TODAY. He graduated from the University of Virginia and also has a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland-College Park.

Danny is crazy about college basketball, enjoys Sunday crossword puzzles and wants nothing more than to roll on the floor with two-year-old son, Niv. 

 

Jason Rogers,  Free Lance Writer

Jason Rogers,  Free Lance Writer

Jason, a graduate of the College of William & Mary and La Sorbonne, has worked in content marketing all over the world, serving as Director of Digital Marketing for the Chinese Language Institute in Guilin, China. He quit his dreary office job three years ago to work for himself and pursue freelance writing. From Washington, D.C., Jason also covers the National Hockey League as a television analyst and credentialed reporter, and his writing has been presented to the United States Congress, Google, and other influential clients and decision-makers. Jason loves hip-hop, hyperbole, and can recite Sartre in three languages as fast as he can put a puck past your ear. Follow his twitter at @HeyJayJRogers!

More speakers and full agenda coming soon!

Contact our Development Director, Kate Slayton, for sponsorship information at Kate@virginia21.org