Women Impact Virginia is holding a series of regional gatherings across the commonwealth to gain momentum for its Oct. 12 summit at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond. So far, programs have been held at the Newport News Center, the Richmond Center, and the Reynolds Homestead, with each program tailored to its location. 

The Richmond Center partnered with the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association for its May program, gathering 25 women to network and hear from a panel on mentorship, career paths, and lessons learned along the way. 

Liz Fillman, assistant director at the Richmond Center, said, “With a mix of topic-related discussions and mentorship opportunities, we are hoping this event will grow, allowing women in RVA to build valuable relationships.” 

On July 20, Sarah Wray, community engagement, partnership, & program manager, led a program for about 35 women at the Reynolds Homestead on “Leading in a Rural Environment.” Participants learned about resources for leaders in rural areas, promoting and highlighting the vibrancy of small communities, and facing challenges and discovering best practices. 

The Roanoke Center plans to hold its program in September. 

Visit the 2022 Women Impact Virginia Summit website to get more information and register. Virtual and in-person options are available.