Supporting Encorepreneur and newly elected Representative to Virginia's 7th Congressional District, Abigail Spanberger, has accepted an invitation to provide us with a inside look into what it is like to make the transition from private citizen to freshman Congresswoman.
Encorepreneur is about taking on new challenges and expanding your comfort zone, and there are few situations that present greater examples of that than the life changes that Rep. Spanberger faces after her win.
With only 6 days to recover from a long and tiring campaign, Abigail was due in Washington for a week long orientation for first-year members, and soon she will be working on winning the House's office lottery, negotiating with leadership to get a "plum" committee assignment, and scores of other tasks that there are different than anything a new member has ever experienced in her previous day job.
This special meeting won't follow our usual format. Instead of a speech from a podium, Abigail will join us for a chat over morning coffee. She will be answering questions and offering her observations about the day-to-day life of a new Congresswoman in an informal setting. We are planning on a date in mid December before she joins the 434 other members of the House in early January.
Richmond Inno is new source of business news. It launched in July of this year and, according to its website, its objective is to “connect the city’s emerging ecosystem, producing digital media and events about the entrepreneurs, executives, startups, businesses, trends and topics that are the shaping the present and future of Richmond’s economy.”
So far, the group seems to be avoiding the traditional route of many print and online business publications that seem to focus on real estate transactions, restaurants and lists.
The origins of Richmond Inno are anything but a start-up. Richmond is the 11th market to be opened by American Inno, which, in turn, was launched by Charlotte based ACBJ, or American City Business Journals. ABCJ has added American Inno to its family of media brands that cover business, car collectors, women, lacrosse and other sports. Their objective is to cultivate a national audience of next-gen business leaders and assembling a network of local innovation expertise.
Here are some of the offerings of Richmond Inno.
· The Beat, a twice-a-week email covering Richmond’s innovation economy. Sign up for The Beat here.
· Careers Directory showing open tech and startups jobs
· An Events Directory that includes a list of upcoming events and meetups of interest to members of the entrepreneurial and technology communities.
Eva DeVirgilis is an actor, speaker, activist and artist from New York City who now is “ecstatic to call Richmond her home”. Eva has been called an "entertainment dynamo," and an “on-stage powerhouse” by critics, and we think you’ll agree. She has an important message and is a great public speaker. Her TEDxRVA talk is the most watched in TEDxRVA history.
Eva coaches and consults with organizations in developing dynamic, outside-the-box presentations and leads seminars on team-building using the Rules of Improv Comedy. (No ’trust-falls’ she promises.) She is also a consultant and adjunct professor of public speaking at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business.
While working as a makeup artist between acting gigs in NYC, Eva heard women constantly apologizing for their appearance while sitting in her chair. She shared these perspectives on self-esteem, body image, and often unrealistic 21st Century beauty standards through her internationally renowned TEDxRVA presentation. Response to the presentation flourished into an around the world research trip to see how other cultures viewed the same issues. The tour was commissioned by the New Works division of Virginia Repertory Theatre, and the results will be debuted as "In My Chair", a new solo-show, both written and performed by her. Co-produced by Virginia Rep and Cadence Theatre Company Opening March 2nd-23rd, 2019.
We think you’ll laugh and cry with her as she brings these makeup chair conversations to life, and leave inspired to encourage yourself and your clients to be more confident and to stop apologizing.
Eva’s other acting credits include theatre in New York, Philadelphia, and Richmond. She has appeared in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, AMC’s Turn; Washington's Spies. Legends & Lies, and can currently be seen waxing comically in 5 hilarious Capital One commercials.
She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The New School University in NYC. She's happily married to crooner, actor, and U.S. Navy Reserve Sailor: Scott Wichmann. Be sure to visit Eva’s website to find out more about her.
Dr. BRUCE HEILMANChancellor of the University of Richmond
World War II Veteran
WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 24
"WHY THEY NEVER TALK ABOUT IT"
On Wednesday, October 24, Dr. Bruce Heilman will be the first Encorepreneur breakfast speaker asked to return for a second appearance. In 2014, a full house in the UR School of Business auditorium listened reverently as he described how, and why, he joined the Marine Corps during World War II, and how that decision has affected his life. This time, he will tell us about the impact of the war on the lives of the veterans he has met and gotten to know during his cross country mototcycle travels and other work supporting veterans groups.
When Dr. Heilman last spoke to Encorepreneur, there were nearly 1 million WWII veterans still alive. Today, the number is less than than half that figure. In four more years the number will be only about 100,000. He will will tell us why they are reluctant to talk about about their experiences and remind us why we shuold still be grateful.
Dr. Heilman left school at the age of 17 to enlist in the Marine Corps in 1944. He fought in the battle of Okinawa, and his outfit was set to invade Japan in six weeks when the United States dropped the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His unit was in charge of disarming the Japanese forces and reestablishing Hiroshima when it was still hot with radioactive material. Dr. Heilman stayed in the Corps for four years and exited as a sergeant.
Grand Marshal Dr. Heilman leads WWII section of National Memorial
Day Parade up Constitution Avenue in 2015.
Today, at age 92, he is actively telling the story of the “greatest generation” across the US. Dr. Heilman serves as the national spokesperson for the "Keep the Spirit of ‘45 Alive Campaign" which works to celebrate the achievements of the “Greatest Generation,” in order to instill the same values in their descendants today.
He received a Harley as a 50th anniversary present from his late wife, Betty, and he now rides on the open road to share the message of the bravery and sacrifices of the members of the Marine Corps and other services who served in World War II. In 2016, on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Heilman celebratd his 90th birthday by completing a 7,000-mile cross-country ride in remembrance of the tragedy. Since his 84th birthday he has traveled 60,000 milies and visited all 50 states on his Harley.
After the Corps, Dr. Heilman used the G.I. bill to get his bachelor’s degree and continued to earn a master’s degree and then a Ph.D; all from Peabody College, a part of Vanderbilt University. He served as president of Meredith College from 1966 to 1971 and served as president of the University of Richmond in 1971 until 1986. During his tenure, he was instrumental in receiving the largest contribution to the school in its history, a $50 million gift from Claiborne Robins. He is currently the Chancellor of the University.
Making shuffleboard cool in RVA since 2018
3406 West Moore Street - Scott's Addition
Our October host and the 47th different location to host an encorepreneur! event is the Tang & Biscuit, RVA's new shuffleboard court and social club. Developed by Richmond entrepreneur and conmmunity activist, David Gallagher, the Tang and Biscuit, RVA’s first shuffleboard social venue is designed to encourage everyone to play, engage, and interact with one another in a fun and unique environment.
The Tang & Biscuit features 10 regulation-size floor shuffleboard courts, table shuffleboard, a 50 foot bar serving up Tang-inspired cocktails and beer, an innovative kitchen, and a large event space designed for parties, meetings and social events of all kinds. Parking is located less than two blocks away at the intersection of West Moore St. & Mactavish Ave.
The RIchmond Times Dispatch is launching a new email newsletter spotlighting local startups making a name for themselves and our region.
Richmond Startup Spotlight was launched on September 9. It features local success stories, new ventures, patent information, advice and articles of interest to entrepreneurs. The newsletter will also include a variety of columns that will provide helpful information and tips to the startup community. One new column will be from active encorepreneur Jay Markiewicz, an entrepreneur and executive director of entrepreneurship programs at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Business. Markiewicz will offer insight on how to initiate the entrepreneurship journey.
All of the information on the startup community will be in one place — in the Richmond Startup Spotlight e-newsletter on Sundays. Much of the content will appear in the print version of Monday’s Metro Business section and elsewhere in the newspaper during the week.
In its article launching the newwsletter, the RTD quoted former encorepreneur speaker, Bryan Bostic. “Over the last two years, there has been an enhanced commitment by the RTD to storytelling of the startup community and entrepreneurship in general, and this announcement takes that commitment to another level,” said Bostic, a Richmond entrepreneur, angel investor and co-founder of Startup Virginia, a business incubator in Shockoe Bottom.
“Storytelling is critically important to the advancement of our growing innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Bostic said.
To subscribe to the Richmond Startup Spotlight e-newsletter, the daily RTD Business newsletter or any of the newsletters from The Times-Dispatch, go to https://www.richmond.com/subscribe-email/.
An endurance athlete, entrepreneur and coach, Will Turner has been described as the "world's craziest man". At our next breakfast on September 25th, he will tell us why he embraces the name. Will embarked on a world record-breaking feat in January 2018 - to complete 60 Ironman/Full Distance Triathlons the year he turned 60. He completed his 36th on August 11th in San Diego, and is scheduled to complete several more before we meet in September. Our location for the September breakfast will be the West End Assembly of God church on Parham Road. We will be meeting in the gymnasium at WEAG. Register Here
Robby Demeria, Executive Director of RVATECH and former encorepreneur breakfast speaker, has been appointed Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Commerce for Technology, and the tech council has launched a search for a replacement. RVATECH was founded more than 25 years ago, and is the second largest technology council in the state. Encorepreneur's founders, Gary LeClair and Stan Maupin were also co-founders of the tech council, and Stan has stepped in as the interim director on a part-time basis during the search. Take a look at the job description on LinkedIn and please share it with your contacts.
In August of 2016, Stan Joynes and Paul Krackman talked to a large breakfast crowd about the challenges and fun of leaving long careers in business and law to own and operate a vineyard. Soon after that, we were posting a note that one of their wines had won a coveted Governor’s Cup Gold Medal. Now we are posting about a major story about their personal and business success as they approach their 2nd Anniversary.
When we called to congratulate them, they asked us to let everyone know about the weekend anniversary celebration they had planned for August 17-19. It combines a visit to their vineyard for a private tasting a two-night stay at Downtown Staunton's newest luxury boutique hotel, The Blackburn Inn. The Blackburn is the old Western State Hospital which was redeveloped by Richmond's own Robin Miller.
August's encorepreneur! breakfast will be at VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art - our 45th different Richmond location for our breakfasts - More information or to register.
Located at Belvidere and Broad, the ICA opened this year to rave reviews. The $41 million museum has already been named one of the most anticipated buildings of 2018 by Architectural Digest.
The building was created with two fronts to symbolize being open to the city and to the university. The Broad Street entrance is a soaring atrium with lofty ceilings, transparent glass walls, curved edges and a sweeping grand staircase. The other entrance is the garden side. It has tables, a reflecting pool and landscaping, and opens to the university. VCU raised the funding for the building from private donors. The Institute anchors VCU’s #1 ranked art school, and will exhibit local and international art.
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