Hampton Roads Talent Alignment Strategy

Join the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and its partner the Hampton Roads Workforce Council for a special Understanding Hampton Roads breakfast forum to address the region's workforce gap and a plan for retaining and attracting talent required for a growing economy.  

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23320

7:30 a.m. breakfast

Admission is free, but seating is limited.


Presenters will include speakers from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, which conducted a six-month workforce analysis, supply-demand gap analysis and developed a workforce strategy in partnership with  Avalanche Consulting. 


Angela Gallagher

Senior Associate, Workforce

Since 2016, Angela has been leading the Council’s community clients through strategy development, labor market analysis, regional collaboration, strategy alignment, career pathway mapping, and the application of best practices.

Angela has a background in project management, quantitative, qualitative research, and policy analysis. Angela earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University.

Jade ArnJade Arn

Director, Workforce and Economic Development 

Since 2015, Jade has worked with communities to increase alignment of education and training offerings to local labor markets, enhance coordination of  stakeholders, articulate career pathways, and develop workforce and economic development strategies.

Jade has a background in federal and state employment training programs. She holds a B.A. in Social Science and earned an M.S. in Project Management and Organizational Communication from Northeastern University in


The forum includes a presentation on the workforce gap analysis and a follow-up panel discussion featuring: 


Larry Filer

Dr. Larry “Chip” Filer, Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Old Dominion University 



Johnny Garcia

Dr. Johnny Garcia, Chief Executive Officer, SimIS Inc.




Dr. Daniel Lufkin, President, Paul D. Camp Community College



Casey Roberts

Casey M. Roberts, Executive Director, New Horizons Regional Education Centers 

Steven Wright

Steven Wright, Director of Economic Development, City of Chesapeake 

Chris Engle

Chris Engle (moderator), Principal, Avalanche Consulting of Austin, Texas

Strategic priorities of the initiative:
  • Forecast long-term needs and emerging opportunity for talent
  • Ensure that well-designed and highly coordinated educational and training programs, to include work-based learning, are in place, developed, or expanded to meet the region's needs
  • Recruit and offer incentives to the regional population to pursue careers in specific fields

About Understanding Hampton Roads

Understanding Hampton Roads is the Hampton Roads Community Foundation’s effort to advance civic engagement in Southeastern Virginia. It includes forums on key topics to help build understanding and inspire action that brings people together to help improve life in our region.

Event Host

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is southeastern Virginia’s largest grant and scholarship provider. It has awarded more than $282 million since 1950 to make life better in Hampton Roads. The community foundation’s vision is a thriving community with opportunity for all.

Event Partner

Established by the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, formerly Opportunity Inc., oversees federally funded workforce development programs for South and Western Hampton Roads.  The Hampton Roads Workforce Council provides strategic workforce development solutions designed to assist businesses in accessing qualified workers and job seekers in search of suitable job openings and training opportunities to bolster their earning potential.