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 firstname.lastname@example.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