10th Anniversary Speaker Series

At CNE we’re celebrating our 10th Anniversary year by doing what we do best — sparking new ideas, new leaders, and new collaborations — in order to foster a more resilient community. During our 10th year, we want to give back to a community that has been so generous to us by spotlighting unusual voices and uncommon action that can help all of us develop the tools we need to thrive in the next decade. Join us in this year of exploration!

The speaker series is now complete.

We thank all the presenters & participants who joined us for this successful series.

And look for ParadigmShifters: a new leadership conversation and the Ten Good Things Party coming in 2017!

Past Events


a doing well by doing good partnership

What do you get when you take a for-profit company that is in business to make a positive impact on society? Meet ImpactMakers, a successful Richmond, VA-based professional services consulting firm committed to helping members of the community by contributing 100% of its net profits to social good over the life of the company. Come learn about this exciting new social venture – what it is, how it works, who its strategic partners are and how this unique business structure is a model for doing well by doing good.

With guest speakers: 

Michael Pirron  – ImpactMakers Founder & CEO
Bobby Thalhimer – Senior Consultant, The Monument Group | ImpactMakers Board of Directors
Teri Lovelace – Senior Vice President & Chief Impact Officer, Virginia Community Capital
Amy Strite – President & CEO, Family Lifeline

Hosted by CNE in partnership with Community Investment Collaborative and Silverchair Information/Systems.  


a new philanthropy for the next decade

What if we envisioned philanthropy as a  model of true community engagement? Come learn more about Thread, a non-profit organization that turns the traditional definition of philanthropy on its head to tackle the “poverty of isolation” experienced by under-performing high school students. And explore how funders across the country are learning new strategies and developing new models for partnership with the agencies they fund to achieve systemic community change.

With guest speakers:

Lori Bartczak  – Vice President of Programs, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)
Jan Houbolt  – Thread Board of Directors | retired CEO of theLeadership, a program of the Greater Baltimore Committee

Hosted by CNE in partnership with the WALK Program at Charlottesville High School and Signature Family Wealth Advisors.


a resilient community collaborates

We all know that collaboration can help us tackle our most pressing community challenges, and that we can accomplish more community change together than as individual sectors or agencies. But pressing questions remain: What are our best, most effective strategies for collective impact? How can we leverage investment by encouraging funding collaboratives? What is the role of advocacy in collaboration? How do we mobilize stakeholders for active participation? Who are our most powerful collaborative leaders?

Join us for coffee & a round table discussion with this year’s Philanthropy Day guest speaker, Melody Barnes who, with the Aspen Institute, is leading a national forum on best practices in local collaboration. And stay after the round table for our 10th Anniversary Philanthropy Day celebration.

Hosted by CNE in partnership with the Early Education Task Force and sponsored by Virginia National Bank.