Last week, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, hosted the Shape of the Region Conference: The Business Case for Economic Mobility.
We learned, economic mobility takes more than income. It takes power over the trajectory of your life, and it takes a sense of true belonging in a greater community.
Keynote speakers Nisha Patel and Brent Orrell brilliantly explained that economic mobility, or the ability of an individual or family to improve their economic status, is a complex challenge in our country. But in Northern Virginia, there is much being done to address it.
Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO of NVTC, moderated a Fireside Chat about the Tech Talent Pipeline that included a discussion about apprenticeship and internship programs, support of STEM education initiatives for girls, and the new Cloud Computing Associates Degree at NOVA.
Julie Coons, President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, led a panel discussion about Moving Ideas Into Practice that highlighted examples and ideas for how our region can improve economic mobility practices across all sectors.
Power Points from the program are available here.
It was an impressive show of focus, effort and progress, and a testament to all that can be accomplished when we come together around a common understanding and purpose to move our region forward!