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Keynote Speakers

Friday, September 13, 2019

Welcome Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Afira DeVries

Afira DeVries

Afira DeVries is the US director for the London-based international nonprofit, Spring Impact which helps socially conscious programs grow. This follows her 22 years serving as the President & CEO for United Way of Roanoke Valley. Her visionary style and development experience contribute to the strategic direction and credibility of the social innovations that have led to her successful career.

Click here to experience the speech Ms. DeVries presented during the Welcome Breakfast at the conference.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Partnership Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Selena Cuffee-Glenn

Selena Cuffee-Glenn

Selena Cuffee-Glenn is the Chief Administrative Officer for Richmond, VA having 32 years of experience in VA municipal government. She is a proven leader in moving communities forward. In 1999, she and Ms. McCadden brought together neighborhood leaders and professional staff from across VA that would create the first VA Statewide Neighborhood Conference held in Richmond.

Saturday, September 14

Networking Continental Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Darlene Burcham

Darlene Burcham

Darlene Burcham currently serves as the Town Manager of Clifton Forge after serving as Roanoke’s City Manager, Norfolk’s Asst. City Manager and Hampton’s Social Services Director. Under her leadership and vision, communities she serve experience ongoing progressive change, economic growth, thriving businesses and downtowns surrounded by healthy neighborhoods.