MARCH 30— APRIL 8, 2021

Building more equitable communities through inclusive workforce development and workplace action. 

A pay-what-you-can virtual event series and career expo & fair.




As the country mobilizes to ensure that economic recovery reaches all members of our communities, collaboration is of the utmost importance. In our hometown, Charlottesville, Virginia, 35% of Black families do not currently earn enough money to meet their basic needs, compared to 14% of white families.* Targeted interventions can help address this racial inequity where its impact is most often felt—in our classrooms, boardrooms, and on the pathways in between.


From Classroom to Boardroom will highlight cutting-edge, grassroots initiatives to promote economic mobility for people living with low wealth, encourage diversity at all rungs of the career ladder, and contribute to a more inclusive sense of community in the Commonwealth of Virginia and across the country. It will provide opportunities for employers, job seekers, small business owners, civic leaders, nonprofit professionals, educators, and students to connect, collaborate, and learn from one another.

*Data courtesy of PVCC Network2Work's Orange Dot 4.0 Report 



Check back daily as new sessions are announced!

Career Development Events


Piedmont Virginia Community College, Virginia Career Works & Cities Rising Project Present: 

The Power of Connection:
Career Development Expo

Friday April 2 | 1-4pm ET

A virtual platform for job candidates to explore growing industries in Information Technology and Health & Human Services in the region and receive one-on-one industry-specific career coaching in an informal, educational atmosphere. 

UVA Career Center & Cities Rising Project Present: 

Young Professionals Virtual Career Fair

Thursday, April 8 | 1-4pm ET

A virtual platform for student candidates to explore entry-level career opportunities in the region and provide opportunities for actionable, small-group conversation and relationship-building between students and potential employers while showcasing equitable and innovative hiring practices of participating organizations.

How Do We Create Equitable Workplaces?

Uplift & Empower

We see an opportunity to encourage environments and pipelines for work that uplift and empower all members of our community.


community leaders and impact makers on key issues around career advancement, economic mobility, and community wealth-building.


and build relationships between stakeholders across sectors in the Commonwealth and nationally.


career development during the conference with virtual hiring fairs and one-on-one networking breakouts.


employers, municipal leaders, and nonprofit professionals driving change and creating impact.


Charlottesville as a leader in conversations of national relevance in a critical moment for the state and country.

Community Conversations

We can do this by hosting community conversations around key issues that elevate coalition-building efforts and reinforce sustainable ideas.


Even at the very top, what’s happening at the bottom has an impact. When doors shut to Black people, they shut across whole family lines and not just one household.

 Mary Coleman 

 City of Promise,

 Executive Director 



Employers hold the key to helping families thrive. We need to innovate more effective ways of moving people up the career ladders than we’ve used in the past. How do we move people up the income scale so that they can realize their full potential as human beings?

 Ridge Schuyler 

 Network2Work@PVCC, Dean 



We need to start communicating the reality that a child requires a holistic approach to thrive — they cannot grow up without their family getting the services and interventions they require to ensure their child is able to meet educational benchmarks that support economic mobility as an adult.

 Ravi Respeto 

 United Way of Greater Charlottesville, President 




When you create opportunity for a person, you are transforming individual lives, families, and ultimately, our community. You are seeding future prosperity that we can all be a part of.

 Lily Garcia Walton 


Chief People Officer 



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