Alumni Spotlight

Alumni

Alumni Spotlights


20

Dec
2019

Jeff Merritt, Class of 2016



Jeff Merritt

Market Vice President, Cox Communications
Roanoke, VA

What was your biggest takeaway or lesson learned from Lead Virginia that continues to resonate with you today?
As we traveled from one region to another, I distinctly remember the unique challenges and opportunities facing different parts of the state. These differences included social, economic, education, healthcare and so much more. Despite these regional differences, I also was profoundly inspired by the work local leaders were doing to bring about positive changes and impacts to their communities. Lead Virginia served as a motivating factor for me to get more involved and leverage my skills to make a difference in my own region. 


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27

Nov
2019

Jeffrey Johnson, Class of 2016



Jeffrey Johnson

Director, Tech Research Park, Virginia Tech Corporate Research  
Newport News, VA

What was your biggest takeaway or lesson learned from Lead Virginia that continues to stick with you today?
Clearly the importance of building social capital. There are many forms of capital, but one could argue that this may be one of the most important forms, as it is the key to unlocking many of the others. As I mentioned before, Lead VA really brought home the need to build and strengthen relationships in effort to make a difference in our communities throughout the state. This is how we all collectively succeed.
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