HAMPTON ROADS, VA — The Chamber is pleased to announce that Pearl Smith will serve as the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Women’s Programs. Smith, who is serving as a consultant, is managing the Chamber’s Professional Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series. The first speaker in the series will be Colleen Barrett, President Emerita and Corporate Secretary of Southwest Airlines, who will speak at a luncheon on October 4.
In February 2011, Smith stepped down as executive director of the Central Business District Association (CBDA) of Virginia Beach, a role she had served in since 1988. Smith was instrumental in building the CBDA, which pursued its objectives to create Town Center, a thriving business center in the middle of Virginia Beach. During her time with the CBDA, Smith worked with guest speakers such as author and former prosecutor Linda Fairstein, NBC correspondent Hoda Kotb, and Pulitzer Prize winner Edmund Morris. Throughout the years, the Chamber has partnered with the CBDA on events in Virginia Beach of interest to the business community.
The Chamber’s President & CEO Jack Hornbeck, CCE, said, “Pearl has been a friend of the Chamber’s for many years. We are confident that she will build upon her expertise to develop programs for the Chamber that will flourish.”
On May 6, Smith will receive Virginia Beach’s 2010 First Citizen Award. The award is presented by the Jaycees to an outstanding individual who exemplifies the spirit of citizenship and who has shown significant leadership through his/her time, talents, and efforts in order to make Virginia Beach a better place.
About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com)
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit member-based business organization. The Chamber is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its nearly 2,000 member businesses, which employ more than 280,000 men and women in southeastern Virginia. The Chamber promotes Hampton Roads’ healthy business climate through economic development, public policy initiatives, services and benefits to members. The Chamber is dedicated to creating economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life in Hampton Roads.
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