“Leadership is a privilege. It is not a right, though you have earned it because you are confident. You have worked hard. You have earned the right to lead.” Dr. Doris Gomez, Dean of Regent University School of Business & Leadership. The Hampton Roads Chamber held the 2021 New Executive Welcome on November 19th, 2021, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Bryan K. Stephens discussed the purpose of the New Executive Welcome, “This program is designed to introduce and welcome our new business, nonprofit, military, and elected leaders in Hampton Roads. So, we welcome you today, and we want to recognize you today. Thank you for not only what you have been doing, but more importantly, what you will do to support the Hampton Roads Region.” The Hampton Roads Chamber is proud to serve this region as an Impactful Advocate, Inspiring Ignitor, Regional Collaborator, and Powerful Economic Partner.
Dr. Gomez delivered the Invocation and spoke on her passion for leadership. “At the end of the day, leading others and being entrusted with everybody’s sanctions, which are a part of the success, is a privilege. That privilege should always compel us as leaders.” Dr. Gomez concluded her comments on lessons learned from the pandemic; “We are almost two years into the pandemic. If those last months have taught us anything, it is that leadership matters and leaders make a difference.”
Susan R. Ralston, Executive VP & CEO of Old Point National Bank, made Presenting Sponsor comments on behalf of Old Point National Bank. “The world doesn’t need any more great leaders; the world needs great people willing to lead, and these individuals are leaders who have stepped up to the plate.”
Michael Donohue presented Member Spotlight comments on behalf of ADP. “I like to congratulate all newly elected members of the board. I look forward to getting to know you better as we continue to work on making a positive impact here in the region.” ADP is celebrating 72 years and the company’s 5th year in Hampton Roads.
Thank you to Kurt Williams, Anchor for WTKR News 3 for presenting the awards to our Honorees. Thank you also to Joy Windham, Discipleship/Worship Manager for Regent University, for the singing of the National Anthem.