Message from the 2024 tHRive Chair

February 2, 2024
BY
Tom Marsden
Message from the 2024 tHRive Chair

Hello fellow tHRive members!

The board and I are very excited for another outstanding year of serving tHRive and connecting young professionals in Hampton Roads. In 2023 we continued to add dozens of new members each month and hosted over 20 events. We are looking forward to carrying that momentum forward in 2024 and the board has been hard at work carving out what the new year will look like. 

Historically, tHRive has always had a non-profit partner that we collectively support for a two-year term. We wrapped up a successful two-year term with REACH. We were able to volunteer and support them through fundraising as they continued to grow. In 2024-25, we will be supporting the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation, so keep an eye out for volunteer and fundraising opportunities. Our goal is to host something related to ERT once a month, whether it be a cleanup day, fundraising event, or other volunteer project.

We are also looking forward to hosting our regularly scheduled monthly events such as member meetups, happy hours, local looks, impact talks and table for tens. As a board, we are focused on collaborating with other networking groups and have a goal to do several joint events in 2024. 

Towards the end of the year, we will host our fourth annual tHRive Summit where we will spend several hours connecting, listening to speakers and panel discussions, and participating in breakout sessions. Last year, we saw over 150 young professionals at our summit and we look forward to hosting our fifth annual summit this fall.

As I wrap up this message, I am very grateful to serve on our board, a group that is very hardworking. I want to thank all of the board members, committee members, volunteers and the Hampton Roads Chamber for their support. We are all volunteers who want to keep moving tHRive forward in the new year. If you are interested in serving on our board or one of our committees, please send us an email at info@ypthrive.org. I encourage you to come to our events and look for someone with a tHRive nametag, we would love to chat with you!

At your service,

Austin Gregory, tHRive Chair

Austin Gregory

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January 26, 2021
BY
Tom Marsden
Ashton Love Joins tHRive Board

tHRive is pleased to announce that Ashton Love has been elected as Vice Chair of Membership on tHRive’s Board of Directors for the 2021 calendar year. The young professional program of the Hampton Roads Chamber  is approaching its sixth year as one of the 757’s premiere young professional networks, and boasts a roster of over 3,000 diverse members in practically all of the region’s primary industries.

Ashton will take a leadership role on the Membership committee, which is responsible for engaging with current members and providing a welcoming environment for new and future members to network, share and grow. When asked why he joined the tHRive Board, Love stated “I’m passionate about building our young professional community in the region and I’m excited to help continue, and grow, the success and impact of tHRive.”

Love will also be integral in developing safe and opportunistic events for new and current members to connect throughout his two-year term on the Board.  “As we begin 2021, I am very pleased to have Ashton  joining our Board of Directors,” says tHRive Chairman Tom Marsden. “He brings an energy to the position that will surely help connect and motivate our own members to get more involved with tHRive.”

Ashton Love is employed as an Investment Executive at Davenport & Company LLC, where he helps a variety of clients with their investment and financial planning needs which can range from retirement planning to stock and investment portfolio management. 

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January 26, 2021
BY
Tom Marsden
Melissa Katz Joins tHRive Board

tHRive is pleased to announce that Melissa Katz has been elected as Vice Chair of Branding on tHRive’s Board of Directors for the 2021 calendar year. The young professional program of the Hampton Roads Chamber is approaching its sixth year as one of the 757’s premiere young professional networks, and boasts a roster of over 3,000 diverse members in practically all of the region’s primary industries.

Melissa Katz will support the branding committee, as the Branding Vice Chair. This role is responsible for defining, sharing, engaging, and evolving what it means to be a part of tHRive. In 2021, the team is focused on re energizing members in areas of professional development, cultivating relationships, and community engagement. When asked why she joined the tHRive Board, Katz stated “I’m very excited to join this impressive Board, and hope to use design to create a positive impact with the people in our region.” 

Katz will also be integral in telling the story of tHRive and giving a voice to young professionals throughout her two-year term on the Board.  “As we begin 2021, I am very pleased to have Melissa  joining our Board of Directors,” says tHRive Chairman Tom Marsden. “She will no doubt play an integral role in representing the young professional community, and I commend her for committing time and energy into moving our region forward through her work with tHRive.”

Melissa Katz is employed as a  Design Manager at The Port of Virginia where she leads the creative direction and evolution for their visual design and experiences.

January 26, 2021
BY
Tom Marsden
2021 Membership and COVID Poll

As we all know, 2020 has been a challenging and unexpected year. tHRive is excited to step into 2021 with a fresh and renewed focus. tHRive is taking a look at all aspects of our programming to make sure it aligns with our members’ goals and tHRive’s mission. We also want to ask our members how they are doing and how they have been affected by the current pandemic. All of these answers will help chart tHRive’s course for now and into the future, so we can bring the most value to its members. Please keep in mind these survey results are 100% anonymous.

Please click here to take the survey! Thank you for all your help.