Alumni Spotlight l Lead Virginia

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Alumni Spotlights


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Courtney Conner Stringer, Class of 2018

Courtney Conner Stringer

Director of Professional Development, UVA WISE
Bristol, VA

What was your biggest takeaway or lesson learned from Lead Virginia that continues to resonate with you today?
I was astonished by the relationships that I established during the program. All of the relationships were formed with such ease and a willingness to support one another no matter where they lived in the Commonwealth. Everyone in the program and the Lead Virginia staff was so supportive and encouraging.

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Joshua Justice, Class of 2018

Joshua V. Justice
Dean of Students & Chief Housing Officer, Division of Student Affairs, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Wise, VA

What was the biggest takeaway or lesson learned from Lead Virginia that continues to stick with you today?
When I think about each of the sessions from Lead Virginia, one common theme sticks out to me. No matter the area of the state, each has faced or is facing some type of difficulty, whether it be economic decline, population loss or some other challenge. No matter the region, there were committed people who didn’t give up and challenged themselves to improve their localities. In areas where individuals may not agree, they work together for the greater good. Particularly, in our world today, we need to be partners with one another and work together to accomplish our goals.

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Martha Shickle, Class of 2018

Martha Shickle
Executive Director, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission
Richmond, VA

How did Lead Virginia shape you as a leader?
I appreciated the opportunity to meet fellow participants from multiple sectors and regions of Virginia and to learn different perspectives on the complexities of our communities’ challenges and solutions in health, education and the economy. I loved the chance to have honest conversations about the diversity of needs and opportunities in Virginia and to think more comprehensively about our obligations and barriers to cooperate on a statewide basis. read more>