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ConnectVA Spotlight: Monica Callahan, Director of Workforce Programs, ChamberRVA

Tell us about yourself. My name is Monica Callahan I am the Director of Workforce Programs at ChamberRVA. I have been in this role since September 2017. Prior to moving over to the Chamber, I most recently served as the Director of Outreach and Development for Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond an LLC of ChamberRVA that focuses on the earliest end of the workforce pipeline, children 0-5.  Prior to that, I was the Community Engagement Director for Richmond 2015, the organization responsible for the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Chrystal Neal, ChamberRVA

Tell us about yourself. My name is Chrystal Neal and I am the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Brand at ChamberRVA. I came to work in the nonprofit field by a circuitous path. I graduated from University of Richmond with a B.A. in Economics and worked as an economic analyst for NASA before going to law school at the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing for nearly 18 years, most recently at Hunton & Williams, I decided to stay home full-time for several years while my children were small. During that time, I served in a volunteer capacity on the Children’s Hospital Junior Board, and knew from that point on that when I went back to work I wanted to pursue a passion-driven career giving back to the community. Once my youngest children – twins – entered kindergarten 11 years ago, I was hired as the Executive Director of C3: The Creative Change Center whose mission is to promote RVA’s creative community to attract and retain millennials so that our community thrives by filling our workforce needs. We partnered with ChamberRVA to launch the i.e.* initiative with the same purpose, but on the larger Chamber platform, and I joined ChamberRVA full-time. Since joining ChamberRVA my role has expanded exponentially, and now in addition to running the i.e.* initiative, I am responsible for all marketing and communications, sponsorship development, lead investor relations and our small business programming known as the “Thrive Network.”

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