Millennials are on track to be the most educated, the most connected, and the most wired generation, with a bent for entrepreneurship and service. Evidence shows that Millennials may represent the tipping point generation in America, whose preferences and priorities are setting the direction for public and private life over the decades ahead. They are, by far, the most diverse generation in American history, with non-whites comprising about 40 percent. Richmond, VA has become a hub for Millennials and millennial entrepreneurs; the city's open and collaborative business climate has turned it into a unique entrepreneurship incubator.
The Atlantic and National Journal invite you to join us as we travel to Richmond, VA, for the third in a series of town hall events on how Millennials are engaging in entrepreneurship and service. Government officials, entrepreneurs, and Millennials themselves will share insights on how this influential generation is choosing to pursue impactful careers.
Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.
Larkin Garbee is Chief Imagination Officer at 804RVA.
Mark Hanis was appointed by US President Barack Obama to serve in the 2012-2013 Class of White House Fellows and is placed in the Office of the Vice-President. A serial social entrepreneur, Hanis co-founded the Organ Alliance to address the unnecessary deaths due to a shortage of transplantable organs. Previously, he was Co-Founder and President of United to End Genocide (formerly Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur Coalition), an organization created with the mission to empower citizens and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. From February to August 2003, he worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He was a 2006 Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, a 2006 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2009 Prime Mover Fellow and a 2008 Ashoka Fellow. Hanis graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy.
Tim Kaine has served people throughout his life as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, teacher and elected official. He is one of just 20 Americans (and the only Virginian) to have represented his community as a Mayor, Governor and United States Senator.
Tim was elected to the Senate in 2012 as a can-do optimist skilled in bringing people together across old lines of party, race or region. In the Senate, he serves on the Armed Services, Budget and Foreign Relations Committees. He is Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Near East, South and Central Asian Affairs, overseeing American foreign policy in this critical region, from Morocco to Bangladesh.
Asim Mishra serves as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Asim plays a leadership role on broad policy issues, key Administration and agency relationships, and a variety of other matters. Most recently, Asim served as Director of the Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he directed a key institutional initiative to improve health outcomes through strategic partnerships and lead several Medical Center departments and community partners to implement community-based models of practice. Prior to that, Asim served as the Director of Community Affairs at the Medical Center, where he directed the operations for South Side Healthcare Collaborative, a partnership of 19 community health centers and the Emergency Department. While there, he also spearheaded the development of external volunteer programs to connect the medical center staff, faculty and students to the neighboring Southside community. Previously, Asim was a Community Education Manager at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and an AmeriCorps member at Public Allies in Chicago.
Paul is the founder of Disruption Corporation which provides tools, research and advisory services to corporations, angel investors and venture capital firms. Paul is also an investor via Crystal Tech Fund.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Thomson
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Mark Thomson has served as professor of military science at University of Richmond and its partner schools (Hampden-Sydney College, Longwood University, Randolph-Macon College, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Union University) since January 2011. LTC Thomson received his commission from Army ROTC at Oregon State University in 1993.
Fred Humphries, V.P. of US Government Affairs at Microsoft, relates the advice that he was given when he was young, that he should be pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - and how it's the same advice he's giving to his children.