Shared Values Summit
ChamberRVA is excited to introduce the Shared Values Summit, a four-part series to connect across the region – and across sectors – for discussions about what matters to us as a community. Along with our community partners and investors, we’ve assembled more than 20 local and national leaders to ignite our shared thinking about Richmond’s history, our culture of philanthropy, opportunities to amplify minority business growth, and the power of economic mobility.
Session 1: Reframing History in the South
Thursday, October 29, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Richmond, and its peer cities throughout the south, have a unique place in our nation’s history. Whether the lens is war and peace, economics and race, or arts and culture, there is a more complete story to tell about who we are as Americans – and where we aspire to go. This session boasts five powerful voices, storytellers who have personal experiences with and a professional passion for unraveling complex moments in history.
We begin with two of Richmond’s historians. Bill Martin, director of the Valentine Museum, and Christy Coleman, Executive Director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (and former CEO of the American Civil War Museum at historic Tredegar), will lean into a shared conversation about the story of Richmond. Like most cities, Richmond has multiple, often contradictory, stories. Becoming deeply curious about both the dominant and the less visible narratives – and how they have shaped our past actions – will allow us to be more intentional, and more inclusive, as we move toward a different future together.
Next, Richmond artist and muralist Hamilton Glass will take us on a visual journey of his latest public art project, the Mending Walls initiative. The project pairs artists of different races and backgrounds to create murals inspired by the racial equity and social justice movement. The intent is to facilitate connection, conversation, and healing through public art. More than 17 murals painted this summer now fill in gaps and add perspective – and names, and faces – to our understanding of Richmond’s diverse history.
We’ll finish by reflecting on one of the most violent moments in the U.S. during the 20th century, the Tulsa race massacre. In recent years, a new generation of Tulsans have demonstrated a commitment to confronting this invisible history, acknowledging the pain of the past, and exploring meaningful reparations for Tulsa’s Black community. Mike Neal, President & CEO, and Kuma Roberts, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce will share how a request for board minutes from the period immediately following the massacre gave birth to a critical moment of accountability and opportunity for Tulsa’s business community.
Get to know our speakers by clicking their names within the session description.
Sponsored by: Richmond Region Tourism
Session 2: Turning Philanthropic Purpose into Meaningful Practice
Thursday, November 5, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Changing the way a community engages in and supports philanthropy is hard work. Done well, it can transform lives. The Richmond Region has long been known as a deeply philanthropic community, and we’re fortunate to have foundations, donors, and volunteers willing to rethink the ways in which we serve the greater good. Shifting toward a more catalytic approach to philanthropy invites us to combine our aspirations for change with a responsibility to listen and learn, empathize and understand, and engage and act in new ways to bring about social change.
Our second session will focus on new approaches to philanthropy by exploring the issues facing Black and Brown communities, responses being driven within and outside of foundations, and how community voices are part of finding new and innovative solutions.
We’ve invited Mark Kramer, Founder and Managing Director of FSG Consulting, to challenge our thinking about where business success best intersects with the needs of the community, and the importance of cross sector leadership in bringing the community together to achieve collective impact.
Robert Dortch, Vice President of Programs and Innovation for the Robins Foundation and Co-Founder of the UJIMA Legacy Fund, will guide our panel discussion with five local funders. Their discussion will deepen our shared appreciation for the challenges – and the philanthropic successes – in Richmond’s Black and Brown communities, and encourage us to adapt and innovate for greater impact.
Get to know our speakers by clicking their names within the session description.
Sponsored by: MCV Foundation & Capital One
Session 3: Accelerating Minority Business Growth and Development
Thursday, November 12, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
In recent years, Richmond has created new programs and pathways to capital for entrepreneurs, startups, and thriving small businesses. Yet while our once-nascent startup community is thriving in multiple corners of the region, there are still areas where both investment and opportunity lag.
A bold, healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem is one that creates interdependencies, champions diversity, and understands the value of lifting every boat. Supporting a diverse array of small businesses is a critical next step in ensuring that Richmond’s business community truly reflects our values – and our region.
Our third session will focus on minority business investment and development. We’ll explore new ways to grow and expand access to resources – financial, intellectual, and social – to help unleash new entrepreneurial opportunities across the region.
Moses Foster, Founder, President and CEO of the West Cary Group, will lead two conversations during this session. The first conversation – centered around the ways in which the minority community thinks about, and engages in, business – will feature:
Charis Jones, Owner of Sassy Jones Boutique, Virginia’s fastest growing, privately held small business
Melody Short, Director of Marketing & Communications, Metropolitan Business League and Co-Founder, Richmond Night Market and the newly launched Jackson Ward Collective
Johnathan Mayo, Owner, Mama J’s and Founder, Team Excel
The second discussion – focused on how our community thinks about investing in minority businesses – will feature:
The session will conclude with a perspective from Nashville. Brynn Plummer, Vice President of Inclusion and Community Relations for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center will discuss the challenges and successes she’s experienced supporting entrepreneurs of color as they seek to significantly scale their business through the EC’s Twende program.
Get to know our speakers by clicking their name in the session description.
Bank of America
Session 4: Regional Leadership on Economic Mobility and Inclusive Growth
Friday, November 20, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
There’s an old adage, “Where you live matters.” As fortunate as we are to live in the Richmond Region, we also know that there are zip codes and neighborhoods in the region where our children lack access to opportunity, and risk being left behind.
Addressing barriers strategically, at a systems level, is a critical component of any effort to grow an economy that works for everyone – regardless of their zip code, or their race or ethnicity. Our community has demonstrated a commitment to collaboration – to tackle the affordable housing gap, to establish integrated transportation solutions, and to provide children access to high quality educational experiences. But there remains more work to be done, and lessons yet to learn.
During this final session in the series, we’ll hear from leaders who have grappled at a national level with racial and economic disparities, and are working to advance actions to improve economic outcomes – Tom Barkin, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Raphael Bostic, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
This session (and the series) will conclude with three leaders who are actively working on local solutions to economic growth and mobility in our community. In addition to a few success stories, be prepared for a clear-eyed look at where our regional efforts may not be fully aligned with our values and aspirations, and how new approaches could create more opportunity for all Richmonders.
Melody Barnes, Director, Democracy Initiative at the UVA Miller School
Reggie Gordon, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, City of Richmond
Greta Harris, President and CEO, Better Housing Coalition