The Loudoun Campus recently partnered with U.S. Senator Mark Warner’s Office and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce to present the 5th annual Virginia Young Professionals Summit. The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, was the site of the two-day event.
The event, a leadership development opportunity for young professionals from across Virginia, served as a platform for the next generation of leaders to connect, build relationships and exchange ideas around leading topics. Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Executive Director Kristina Anderson of The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools were keynote speakers.
David Scalea, a 2009 graduate of NOVA with an associate of applied arts in music, was met with rousing applause after performing the national anthem at the opening program.
Participants also attended sessions for young professionals on hot topics such as growing a startup, navigating a multigenerational workforce and integrating mindfulness and well-being into professional practice.
NOVA’s Off-Campus Sites Director Laura Siko served on the Young Professionals Summit steering committee that directed the agenda for the day. Co-hosts also exhibited their organizations at a morning resource expo. Claire Wynn of NOVA’s Workforce Development Division distributed information and answered questions related to industry certifications and professional development opportunities for attendees.
The Young Professionals Summit steering committee included partners from NOVA, the Office of U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner, Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, George Mason University, the George Washington University, Loudoun County, Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, Loudoun Young Professionals and Visit Loudoun, in partnership with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., Coburn Creative, GEICO, McGuire Woods Consulting LLC, Modern Mechanical, The National, Northern Virginia Tech Council, RecLyfe and Wells Fargo.