On April 19, the Chamber's Sync757 young professionals group, and the Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals, teamed up to host “Happy Hour with a Purpose” with special guest Senator Mark Warner. Nearly 80 young professionals from throughout the region gathered at Hits at the Park in Norfolk’s Harbor Park from 5-7pm for the opportunity to meet and dialogue with Senator Warner.
“It’s been a wild time to be in the Senate,” Warner told the group. “In this country we have economic challenges. We have a $14 trillion debt.” He empathized with those in the room, saying, “Many of you have come into the workforce at a tough time.” Warner is focused on helping create a plan in the next 30 days that will “get us balanced.”
Several in the audience asked the Senator questions relating to healthcare and the rising cost of college. Warner explained that he would like it to be acceptable that after high school, students go onto a community college. This would help with the cost of college.
The group also enjoyed networking, appetizers, and drinks prior to watching the baseball game between the Norfolk Tides and the Gwinnett Braves of Lawrenceville, Ga. Senator Warner threw out the first pitch.
Jason Kuller, the volunteer Chair of Sync757, was one of the many young professionals who enjoyed the evening. “Sync757 provides a wide array of networking and educational events to help enrich the Young Professionals in Hampton Roads. This event really highlighted both Sync757 and the Urban League of Hampton Roads with a very diverse and engaged group that got some real face time with Senator Warner who is working to help make our region the best it can be. A truly awesome opportunity!”
Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008, and currently serves as a member of the Senate’s Banking Committee. From 2002 to 2006, Senator Warner served as Governor of Virginia. When Governor Warner left office in 2006, Virginia was nationally recognized as the country’s “best-managed state” and the “best state for business.”
The Sync757 program is a young professionals group with the goal of attracting and retaining young talented individuals from the Hampton Roads region. Sync757 is the “voice” for emerging leaders with the mission to connect the “under 40” workforce to our region’s rich resources. The Chamber’s Sync757 program incorporates four key elements: Mentor, Enrich, Connect, and Engage by providing opportunities to grow personally and professionally through holding monthly events, informing members of relevant issues in the community, and giving members the opportunity to learn from the region’s leaders. Established in 2005, this young professionals program has grown to more than 500 members.