Millennials Making an Impact in Hampton Roads

November 16, 2015
Alejandro J. Medina
Millennials Making an Impact in Hampton Roads

tHRive—the young professionals program of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce has reached a milestone of 1,000 members since its launch July 16th. tHRive has become an attractive and engaging platform for millennials by focusing on their professional development and giving them a voice in the region.

tHRive was created for young professionals ages 21 to 39. It began with fifteen leaders recognizing a need for millennials in the Hampton Roads region to better connect with the community and one another. Gaining over 1,000 members within just a few months of its launch is a clear mark of tHRive’s success, as well as the void the program has filled in this region.

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce has not only recognized the need for the program, but also its success by creating a Vice Chair of Young Professionals position on the Chamber’s Executive Committee as well as a position on the Regional Board so that the voice of young professionals is heard on every major decision.  tHRive’s current goals for expansion and growth include polling its membership on key regional issues, expanding their charitable reach, increasing membership, and increasing sponsorships to secure success in the coming year.

Through monthly and annual events, members from the full fabric of the community are able to connect with one another, gain insight from local leaders, and impact the community.  At Table for Ten, nine young professionals sit down for dinner alongside one community business leader.  The Business Leaders Roundtable features a prominent Hampton Roads business leader discussing a business-related subject.  Monthly Happy Hours are scheduled across the region to help members stay connected and tHRive’s Signature Events provide an opportunity for its entire membership to come together.

Membership is free and open to Chamber members and non-members. Visit to join.

tHRive thanks its sponsors: Virginia Natural Gas (Platinum); Franklin Business Incubator, GEICO, Lingerfelt Commonwealth Partners (Gold); and Young Veterans Brewing Company (Silver).

About tHRive

tHRive is a program of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce created by a small group of diverse young professionals all driven to provide a platform to advance and empower young professionals in our region. tHRive has numerous signature events throughout the year and various monthly events spread across the region. These events will promote an attractive and dynamic community by engaging in the development of the region, and will focus on tHRive‘s three main goals: Professional Development, Cultivating Relationships, and Community Engagement. Visit Like us on Facebook at YPtHRive and follow us on Twitter @YPtHRive.

About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is the Region’s premier business organization; helping our members succeed, driving regional economic growth and enhancing the quality of life of our community’s residents.  The Chamber is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its member businesses, which employ nearly 250,000 men and women in southeastern Virginia.  Visit  Like us on Facebook at Chamber757 and follow us on Twitter @Chamber757.

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