2013 Regional Leaders Summit

Regional Leaders Summit

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About the Summit

Southwest Virginia is at the verge of a major turning point. Delivering more ROI (Return on Investment) than any other conference, the 2013 Regional Leaders Summit is built to explore what we need most to succeed and a 2020 vision for Southwest Virginia’s future. Don’t miss this gathering.

This year’s Summit includes keynote speakers, Virginia Lieutenant Governor – Bill Bolling and Kathy Glazer, President of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation along with educational workshops sharing best practices and facilitated sessions allowing participants a new level of networking and interaction.

Is there a plan for Southwest Virginia in the years ahead?

Do our regions leaders just keep doing what they’ve always done, or will the future demand a new way in how we lead, organize, operate, and collaborate together?

It all starts with being able to visualize the future — our challenges and possibilities. The Regional Leaders Summit will take individuals and organizations on a journey into that future by exploring the impact of increasingly flatter and collaborative organizations that help lead to a stronger workforce and a more vibrant economy. The future of Southwest Virginia will be shaped by the choices we make today.

The 2013 Regional Leaders Summit will be held at the Wytheville Meeting Center located off of I-81, Exit 72 to I-77, Exit 41.


Who Should Attend?

The Regional Leaders Summit brings top executives and community leaders from all across Southwest Virginia, to an event that translates into multiple opportunities to make lasting connections in the Southwest Virginia Region. You’ll leave the conference motivated and inspired.
The Regional Leaders Summit is open to leaders and chief staff executives of:

  • County Administrators/City Managers
  • Human Service Administrators
  • Non-Profit and Community Organizations
  • Regional Development Boards
  • Commercial and Private Business Entities
  • Health Care Organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Faith Based Organizations

The Regional Leaders Summit is an opportunity for executives to start planning for the road ahead. Leaders will participate in exercises, share thoughts, and identify priorities.

Why Attend?

The Regional Leaders Summit is the only event where top executives and community leaders from all across Southwest Virginia gather to share their strategies, experiences, and best practices on becoming more collaborative in today’s challenging economy.
In one day attendees will participate in amazing educational sessions with dedicated networking time with an incredible opportunity to build new relationships with other executives and organizations, with minimal cost and effort.

Summit attendees will:

  • Connect and Engage in relationships with other leaders that can lead to profitable partnerships
  • Discover a road-map for innovation-led collaborations through case studies of top organizations
  • Learn ways to revolutionize your business through collective impact
  • Collaborate to identify opportunities that and provide economic value
  • Understand and explore key drivers and barriers to innovation in Southwest Virginia
  • Gather inspiration from some of the top minds in the region

Keynote Speakers

Bill Bolling

Bill Bolling

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

During his 21 years in elected office on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, as a member of the Virginia State Senate and as Lieutenant Governor, Bill Bolling has fought for our shared conservative values and established a strong conservative record of results. Read More

Kather Glazer

Kathy Glazer

President, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

Kathy Glazer joined the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation as President in January of 2012. She had been serving as Director of State Services for the national Build Initiative since September of 2009. In this capacity, she provided technical assistance and strategic advice to states… Read More

Workshop Sessions

These concurrent breakout sessions focus on issues that will drive regional collaboration today and tomorrow. They are led by moderators who will extract ‘bold’ ideas that participants use to make a difference in their own organizations.

Multi-Jurisdictional Collaboration: A Case Study in Economic Development

Join members of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) for Carroll and Grayson Counties, and the City of Galax as they share successes of collaborative economic development initiatives, which have been recognized by the Appalachian Regional Commission, Council for Rural Virginia, and the Virginia Association of Counties. Some of the initiatives include a Small Business Development Center, which has led to the funding of over 200 new small businesses that have employed approaching 1,000 employees; the Wired Road Broadband Authority- Virginia’s first community open-access broadband network; economic revitalization projects with the Town of Fries and Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development; and, Wildwood Commerce Park, a 200-acre regional commerce park located on Interstate-77, which is a Virginia Tobacco Commission Megasite.

Community Collaboration: Addressing Barriers to Workforce Development

This workshop will focus on cross-sector collaboration to address challenging barriers to workforce development, with particular emphasis on substance abuse and the lack of needed skills. Presenters from healthcare, workforce investment, manufacturing, faith-based, mental health and non-profit organizations will highlight efforts in the region that are helping to overcome these barriers, support a more productive workforce and achieve collective impact for economic development in Southwest Virginia.

Community Health Collaboration: Engaging Community Partners to Promote Health Equity

This workshop will explore society’s role in addressing conditions affecting health for all groups within our communities. Discussion will include recognizing health challenges faced in Southwest Virginia and identifying collaborative strategies for the community to promote better health in all groups.

The Early Years: A Foundation for Tomorrow’s Workforce

This workshop will explore why the first five years are so important to each person’s growth and well-being, why a young child’s family matters so much, and how communities in Southwest Virginia can support families to raise children who arrive at school ready to succeed.

Collaboration for Education: Building Career Pathways

Collaborative efforts to ensure students in Southwest Virginia have access to career pathways in Allied Health and Manufacturing. Panelists will discuss the challenges of building a strong pipeline to fill workforce needs, the development of creative partnerships to meet those needs, and remaining gaps.


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

9:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

9:20 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Workshop Sessions

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch Served

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Delegate Israel O’Quinn

12:05 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

12:50 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Round Table Discussions

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Round Table Report-Out

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

About the Organization Team

The Regional Leaders Summit was conceived back in the fall of 2012 by Tommy Casteel, Southwest Regional Director for the Virginia Department of Social Services, Travis Staton, Chief Executive Officer for the United Way Virginia Highlands, Mark Larsen, Executive Director for Occupational Enterprises Incorporated, and Buckey Boone, Regional Executive Coordinator for Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia. These individuals put together the summit as a first step in helping community leaders to define and refine their work, share knowledge and explore ways to advance Southwest Virginia’s Economy through collective impact.

Since then they have been joined by a team of organizers including:


  • Laura Blevins, Office of Senator Tim Kaine
  • Barbara Farmer, Pleasant View UMC
  • Carla Proffitt, Virginia Department of Health
  • Alison Hicks, United Way Virginia Highlands
  • Ed Roberts, Feeding America Southwest Virginia
  • Lisa Topshee, HCS
  • Jeff Noe, Washington County, VA Schools
  • Uva Havens, Wytheville Child Development Center
  • Tina Camper, United Way Virginia Highlands
  • David Moore, Virginia Tech
  • Danielle Starnes, Smart Beginnings Virginia Highlands



  • Leah Farmer, United Way Virginia Highlands
  • Emily O’Quinn, Alpha Natural Resources
  • Suzanne Lay, Washington County Chamber
  • Glenda Collins, Lonesome Pine Office on Youth
  • Drew Lumpkin, Office of Senator Mark Warner
  • Shannon Blevins, UVA Wise
  • CM Walters, United Way Wytheville
  • Dr. Hara Charlier, Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Carl Ayers, Floyd County, VA DSS
  • Scott Tate, Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Tammy Dotson, United Way Southwest Virginia


The Regional Leaders Summit has a set of key values in place to create the ideal environment for sharing and learning great community best practices. This Summit will be an open, freely accessible, vendor-neutral event, and each of our sponsors supports and respects these values and contributes to help make the event happen.


Our Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making the Regional Leaders Summit possible.




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