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November 10, 2018


Holiday Inn — Tanglewood

4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018*

The Virginia21 Young Professionals Advisory Committee invites you to join a daylong conference and networking event to help young people from across Virginia develop the skills they need to become voices of change for their communities. The Summit is held in a different region of the Commonwealth each year to bring together young people from all corners of the state.

In boardrooms, in the halls of the Capitol in Richmond, and in communities around Virginia, we are increasingly seeing young people bringing new ideas and innovations to change public policy, workplace dynamics, and the nature of our society.

This year Virginia21's Young Professionals Advisory Council welcomes you to learn about the topics and trends that affect the lives of our generation, including diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and issues impact your region!

Friday, November 9

Networking Happy Hour @ Elephant Walk Restaurant and Bar

Join us the night before the summit to meet your new friends, get to know staff, and learn more about VA21 and what we do!

Saturday, November 10

Registration, Breakfast & Networking


Welcome & Election Impact Results

Join VA21 in reviewing the impacts that young people had on the 2018 midterm elections in Virginia and what it means for our generation moving forward.


Breakout Sessions 1&2

Do I Stay, or Do I Go? How Rural Communities are Keeping and Attracting Millennials - Join a panel of young people from the area on why they chose to stay and what they’re doing to build a stronger community, no matter where they are.

Civic Engagement - What is civic engagement? How can you stay involved after you’ve voted? From activism and organizing, learn from a panel of experts about the countless ways you can engage with your community.


Speed Networking

It’s like speed dating, but way less awkward. Meet your fellow conference attendees in a rapid-fire, guided meet and greet. Make connections and figure out who you’re sitting with at lunch!


Lunch & Keynote


Breakout Session 3&4

Assessing Your Financial Health: Know Your Numbers – Do you know how to measure your financial health? Do you know how to set goals and follow through? Join Tom Katovsich, MBA of the Virginia Credit Union for an interactive presentation on using a budget, understanding credit reports and scores, covering an emergency, evaluating your debt situation, and calculating your net worth to track progress over time.

Creating Inclusive Spaces – We hear the words diversity and inclusion a lot, but have you ever wondered how you can influence your work culture to be more inclusive? Join us for a unique deep-dive into diversity and inclusion—what does it mean? How can you support it? What are your biases? Answer these questions and more in this session.


Plenary Speaker & Closing Remarks

Breakfast and lunch are included in your $30 ticket.

*Get a discounted hotel room here!

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