Members of tHRive,
I am truly honored and excited to assume the role of tHRive’s 2020-21 Chairman of the Board. This essential program of the Chamber has rapidly grown over the past four years under the leadership and vision of Julia and Alisa as they worked tirelessly to advance tHRive’s mission. I believe we are up to the challenge of continuing in their legacy over the next two years, largely due to the incredible individuals on the 2020 Board of Directors who have joined me to volunteer their time and effort on behalf of our valued members. Exciting times are ahead of us!
Above everything else, I am committed to doing even more in 2020 to transform tHRive into a value-add organization in the Hampton Roads community. Young professionals of the 757 are not just looking for another social club or group of friends to enjoy Happy Hour with. Don’t get me wrong—those things are great, but our potential is so much greater. We are uniquely positioned to truly make a difference in our region by giving back to those in need, by making our voices heard, by influencing the business and political leaders of our seven cities, and by providing our members with the tools they need to succeed in today’s workforce.
I hope you will join me and our Board of Directors in the coming year to make this vision a reality. We are realigning our internal structure and priorities to ensure that everything we do serves our greater purpose. There will be exciting changes, announcements, and ways to get involved in the coming months—so be on the lookout! One last thing: I am counting on you, our members, to make your voices heard. If there is something that you think tHRive could (or should) be doing in the 757 to support young professionals, or a missing service that is desperately needed in our community, we need you to let us know. Send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will personally review it and respond. Your newly elected Chairman is eager to hear from you and ready to get to work. To 2020!