UVA Forward 2019 will be held on Wednesday, June 19th at the Darden Business School.
Over the past four years of working on the planning committee for UVA Forward, I have had the privilege to work with exceptional people who have helped to make this conference a success. What continues to inspire me is how people are not only willing to devote time and energy to the planning and facilitation of this event, but also how they are genuinely excited to share their talents and passion with the larger group. I think that is why each year at this time, I feel a rush of connection to my fellow staff members and to the University. I hope you feel the same way.
This year, I also hope that our theme “Cultivating Community” helps to extend that feeling of connection beyond the University and out into the greater Charlottesville Community. We have invited area non-profits to be a part of the morning Gallery session (taking place during the breakfast and registration hour) and groups such as the City Schoolyard Garden and the University-Community Working Group to lead breakout sessions that will inform and inspire. Additionally, we have arranged a goods drive for The Shelter for Help in Emergency as part of our conference this year as a way of leveraging the energy of the collective to make a positive impact.
I am looking forward to seeing you at the 2019 UVA Forward Conference!
Planning Committee Co-chair
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