Onward NRV Hosts Spring 2023 Tech/IT Leaders’ Summit

On April 18, 2023, technology industry leaders from around the New River Valley gathered for a Tech/IT leaders’ summit at the delightful Hyatt Place Blacksburg/University. During the summit, guest speaker Wendi Pannell, CEO of Pannell Consulting, addressed issues that hybrid work environments present for businesses today.

Wendi challenged the attendees to adjust the skills that were in their toolkit when considering hybrid work. She asked them to think differently about situations, be open with staff and keep checking in about what is and isn’t working. She gave some practical solutions for what good leadership looks like and what the best forms of communicating are in hybrid work environments.

Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and receive valuable feedback from both Wendi and the other attendees. An important purpose of the Onward NRV Leaders’ Summits is to provide the opportunity for business leaders to work together to solve shared issues and concerns.

Twice a year, Onward NRV hosts Tech/IT Leaders’ Summits as part of the organization’s five-year strategy to promote economic development in the NRV and support the continued growth of the tech sector in Virginia’s New River Valley.

Learn more about the growing information technology industry in Virginia’s New River Valley here.

Read more about previous Tech/IT Leaders’ Summits 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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