Alumni Spotlight

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May
2017

Valerie Palamountain, Class of 2013


  
Valerie Palamountain
Dean of Workforce Services, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Charlottesville, VA

How has your Lead Virginia experience influenced or shaped you as a leader?
Lead Virginia has given me a broader perspective on the different needs and issues facing all of Virginia, not just my local community. While Virginia is one state, it has so many nuances. I have also gained more in-depth understanding of the career needs in the state and that not all college students are going to stay in the same area they went to school in. Understanding the mobility of college students has also improved my knowledge of student and economic development across the state.
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Apr
2017

Caryn Foster Durham, Class of 2008



Caryn Foster Durham

Chief Executive Officer /Owner, 
Charles Ryan Associates
Richmond, VA

How has your Lead Virginia experience influenced or shaped you as a leader?
My Lead Virginia experience helped me better define the type of leader I wanted to become. While I was a proven and established leader when entering the program, I was not an evolved leader.

Acceptance of the desire to grow beyond where I was as a leader allowed me to put a plan in place to achieve success. Further, the understanding that growth did not mean I was failing was freeing. While my evolution is not complete, I am a stronger and more empathetic leader as a result of my Lead Virginia Experience.

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