2017 YOung Professional Summit Speakers


Featured Speaker
Senator Mark Warner


The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader in Virginia before he was elected Governor in 2001. When he left the Governor's Office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education. 

Governor Warner was elected to the United States Senate in 2008, where he serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman. He has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and working to design a bipartisan, comprehensive plan to address our country's debt and deficit.

At a time when much in Washington seems to be stuck in a political standstill, Senator Warner stands out as a forward-thinking leader who’s willing to cross partisan divides to bring people together and get things done. As an early investor in the cellular telephone business, he co-founded the company that became Nextel and invested in hundreds of start-up technology companies that created tens of thousands of jobs. Leaning on his background in technology and state government, Senator Warner uses his position in the Senate to promote policies that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and bring the federal government into the 21st century.


Session Speakers

Danny Rubin, Author and Business Communications Expert


Danny Rubin 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.



Carletta Waddler, Vice President, Talent Curve

Ms. Waddler is the Vice President of Talent Curve Solutions, LLC--a woman-owned small business that provides career counseling, employee engagement and personnel training for companies, organizations and the federal government. She attended Howard University and graduated with a degree in communications. She moved to the Hampton Roads area to begin her broadcasting career in 1982. At one time, she was one of only two women in the country managing a major market station.

After twenty years in broadcasting, she created her own marketing and training business, Waddler & Associates. Her client list included The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England, The Amistaad, Barbados tourism; and hundreds of regional businesses and community colleges.

Ms. Waddler’s responsibility and career have spanned from CEO of businesses to staff development, recruitment, and training of two large career counseling call centers for the department of defense.

Ms. Waddler has won countless awards including the coveted Echoes of Excellent media award. She 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.


JJ White, Chief Engagement Officer, Dale Carnegie Training


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.


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 has 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 CancerSociety. Leigh-Anne earned her Bachelor of Science degree from TowsonUniversity 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.


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.


Christine Holley, Co-owner/founder, Wasserhund Brewing Company

Christine Holley is co-owner and co-founder of Wasserhund Brewing Company, a German style brewery with a beach kick in Virginia Beach. She and her husband opened the brewery in August of 2015 and have since expanded from a 2 BBL system to a 30 BBL system with distribution across the Hampton Roads area in both draft and cans. Her passion for beer came from one too many days helping her husband brew and bottle his homebrew creations and one too many nights drinking it all. After a trip to Oktoberfest in Munich in 2012, Christine and her husband decided that a brewery would be in their future after Aaron got out of the Navy. 

Before devoting her work full time to Wasserhund Brewing Company, Christine worked as a lead engineer at Micron Technology where she managed a group of technicians and engineers in semiconductor manufacturing. She also finished her Masters of Engineering in chemical engineering in May of 2015. Outside of work, Christine has two sons, a 2-year old and 9-week old, a German Shepherd dog, and a Husky mutt. Most of her free time is spent with the family or at a different beer spot around Hampton Roads. Christine's role in Wasserhund Brewing Company reaches into every facet of the business. Her roles include beer management, accounting, and distribution sales.


Max Greenhood, President/Founder, Rocketbike Digital Agency


Max Greenhood is president and founder of RocketBike Digital Agency. He is an award-winning entrepreneur and business consultant with a knack for problem solving and creative thinking. 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.


Jason Rodgers, Free Lance Writer

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.



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