Onward NRV Hosts Inaugural Elevate NRV Talent Event

Onward NRV hosted the highly impactful Elevate NRV talent event at the University Club of Virginia Tech on Thursday April 11, 2024. This half day inaugural summit empowered local employers with insights from industry leaders and experts in talent recruitment and retention.

Katie Boswell, Executive Director of Onward NRV, greeted attendees and introduced the event sponsor, Todd Murray of Ridge View Bank. Todd thanked everyone for coming and invited them to consider Ridge View in their future plans for growth at their companies. Katie then returned to the podium to introduce the keynote speaker, place attachment expert and local author Melody Warnick . Melody spoke about onboarding employees not only to your company but to the New River Valley region. After receiving practical tips from Melody, participants had several breakout session opportunities in the areas of remote work, employee onboarding, workforce infrastructure on childcare, and recruiting college talent. Attendees had the chance to connect with other local employers at the coffee break hosted by Ignite Leadership Consulting Group and the networking hour at the end of the summit. Onward NRV Talent Strategies Coordinator Max Davenport closed out Elevate NRV by thanking everyone for attending and making the event a success.

Elevate NRV promises to be a powerful resource in the talent retention arena, providing expert practices that will impact and elevate Virginia’s New River Valley.

Onward NRV would like to thank the breakout session panelists, author Melody Warnick, event sponsor Ridge View Bank, coffee break sponsor Ignite Leadership Consulting Group, and all their investors for making Elevate NRV a dynamic and informative talent retention event.

Learn how you can become involved with Onward NRV here.


Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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