In response to COVID-19, CIVIC’s chief concern remained the health and safety of all we serve. The CIVIC Leadership Institute canceled all in-person events through June 2020 but held a series of virtual programming opportunities for the CIVIC Class of 2020 and CIVIC Alumni during April and May 2020.

CIVIC is dedicated to its mission of supporting regionally focused leaders, and during this time, providing our alumni with the resources and information, they need to lead effectively. As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and look towards rebuilding, we know the cultivation of strong leaders will be more important than ever.


On April 28th Barry DuVal, President & CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, joined the CIVIC Leadership Institute to discuss the state of business in Virginia, followed by Secretary of Finance, Aubrey L. Layne, Jr.


On May 5th Doug Smith, President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Alliance, and John Martin, CEO & Managing Partner of SIR, joined us to discuss the COVID-19 Business Recovery Forum


On May 14th, CIVIC hosted two sessions during a virtual program day for the CIVIC Alumni and the Class of 2020. During the first session, “Pandemic: Now What?” we heard from Dr. Cyn Romero, Director of the Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at EVMS. She shared how the healthcare industry is handling the pandemic and the impact on our community now and in the future. During the second session, “Adapting and Collaborating in Crisis,” our nonprofit partners discussed this large sector of the Hampton Roads economy has navigated the pandemic and their projections about their role in the recovery attempts for our region and the Commonwealth. Thank you to Tracy Keller (Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast), Stephanie Gorham (VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads), Kasia Grzelkowski (VersAbility Resources), and Anthony Walters, YMCA of South Hampton Roads) for joining us.