Class III, Communication, Seminars

Crucial Conversations

As I reflect on our time spent in Southside Virginia during our last VALOR seminar, I am reminded of our training on crucial conversations. A crucial conversation can be one that is difficult, challenging, and/or important. These types of conversations occur in every part of our daily lives. In many cases, it is a conversation… Continue reading Crucial Conversations

Communication, Creative Problem Solving, Education and Awareness, Seminars

I Expect MORE

Virginia, roughly shaped like a triangle (per my fantastic drawing above), is home to two distinct population curves. The more common one, called the Golden Crescent, is home to approximately 6.1 million people, and if it were a state, it would be second in the nation for college degrees, wealth, etc. It stretches from the… Continue reading I Expect MORE

Environment and Sustainability, Seminars, Water Quality

The Gift

Leaving your county, or state, or country (as the case will be shortly for the VALOR fellows) imparts a gift of perspective. Not a gift to be taken lightly, it takes processing and production by the user in order to create anything of value. I can travel to another state or country, but if I… Continue reading The Gift

Environment and Sustainability, Seminars, Water Quality

Saltwater Seminar

The Northern Neck of Virginia offers a distinct view of the Commonwealth, a region unlike any other with its rural life, “rivah” sauce, national history, and all things seafood. The VALOR program through Virginia Tech does many things well, but in particular the culture immersion that comes with each regional session is truly the icing… Continue reading Saltwater Seminar

Communication, Political Advocacy

A Great Story

I’m always captivated by a good story. I think that most of us are; when you hear humor, or details, or just plain emotion, you connect with the storyteller at a deeper level. Let’s take this to a deeper level. I meet you. You meet me. I tell you that I’m from Virginia, have 2… Continue reading A Great Story

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Beyond Their Fences

"Beyond Their Fences". Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ran an article in their second edition of Virginia Agriculture Magazine about the VALOR program.  It encourages folks to step up and take an active role in industry leadership, following in the deep and powerful footsteps of our inaugural class of fellows. Oh, by the… Continue reading Beyond Their Fences