Guest Speakers

Member Meetings Provide Access to Regional Thought Leaders

March 2024 - Joshua Mayo, Health Inspector, City of Norfolk
February 2024 - Sean Washington, Economic Development Director, City of Norfolk
January 2024 - CPT Raoul Alvarez, Norfolk Police Department
November 2023 - Ramin Fatehi, Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney
September 2023 - Courtney Doyle, Norfolk City Councilwoman
August 2023 - Patrick Roberts/Norfolk City Manager
July 2023 - Summer Social onboard The American Rover
June 2023 - Police Chief Mark Talbot - Keeping Downtown Safe
May 2023 - Tiffany McClain and Marie Arnt/HRT - Light Rail Safety
April 2023 - The Honorable Courtney Doyle, Ward 2 Councilwoman
March 2023 - Carolsue McGehee & Marla Robinson/Community Service Board Members.
February 2023 - Dorian Allen/Norfolk Transportation Strategic Planner
January 2023 -Raymond Stoner/Norfolk Parking Director
December 2022 - Holiday Social at The Brick Anchor
November 2022 - Kevin Murphy/Head, Norfolk City Planning
October 2022 - Patrick Roberts/Norfolk Deputy City Manager
September 2022 - Ramin Fatehi/Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney
August 2022 - Chief Michael Goldsmith/Interim Norfolk Police Chief
July 2022 - Summer Social onboard The American Rover
June 2022 - Raymond Stoner/Norfolk Parking Director
May 2022 - John Stevenson/Acting Norfolk Transit Director
April 2022 - Raymond Stoner/Norfolk Parking Director
March 2022 - Jared Klingmeyer/Wave Church, Amy Oliver/Pedego, Katie Fenimore/VA Arts Festival, Ted Baroody/Norfolk Festevents, Kylie Siber/Retail Alliance
February 2022 - Katherine Taylor/Assistant City Attorney, Michael Goldsmith and Patrick Roberts/ Deputy City Managers
January 2022 - John White/City of Norfolk's Storm Water Engineer
December 2021 - Holiday Social at Glass Light
November 2021 - Sheriff Joe Baron
October 2021 - Candidates for VA House of Delegates, District 89: Hahn Copeland and Jarrauld (Jay) Jones (Incumbent)
September 2021 - Jim White/Nutrionist and Fitness Expert
August 2021 - Candidates for Commissioner for the Revenue: Adam Goldberg, Nicole Sanders, Blythe Scott (Incumbent)
July 2021 - Summer SocialKevin Murphy was presented with a Lifetime Membership to DNCL at The "Big Wisky" Porch summer social event.
June 2021 - Guest SpeakersTed Baroody/Festevents Executive Director, Joshua Weinstein/Norfolk Tour Company Founder, and Tom Quaintance/VA Stage Company Producing Artistic Director
May 2021 - Captain Alan Johnson, Commanding Officer, First Patrol Division, City of Norfolk's Police Department
April 2021 Guest SpeakerRaymond Stoner, City of Norfolk's Parking Division
March 2021 Guest SpeakersRamin Fatehi, Amina Matheny-Willard, and Megan Zwisohn
February 2021 Guest Speaker (Postponed)Ray Gindroz, Urban Design Consultant
January 2021 Guest SpeakerMary Miller/DNC President & CEO
December 2020 Guest SpeakerCity Councilwomen Courtney Doyle/Ward 2Special Session
November 2020 SpeakerAmy Inman, Director of Transit. TOPIC: Proposed Downtown Norfolk Transit Routes
November 2020 - Ronald Jackson/Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority Executive Director
October 2020 - Amy Inman, Director of Transit, City of Norfolk
September 2020 Guest SpeakerMichael Khandelwal, Norfolk Electoral Board
August 2020 Guest SpeakerDr. Michael Hooper, VP of Medical Affairs, SNGH
July 2020 Guest SpeakerCheryl White, Executive Director, ERT Foundation
June 2020 Guest SpeakerPhil Smith, DNC Restaurant Coalition Chair and Restaurant Owner
May 2020 Guest SpeakerThe Honorable Andria McClellan, Superward 6 Councilwoman - The Road to Reopening Downtown Norfolk
April 2020 Guest SpeakersMel Price/WPA and Ray Gindroz/FAIA - Update on Downtown Norfolk's 2030 Plan
March 2020 Guest Speaker - Canceled due to Covid-19 PandemicKenneth Alexander, Mayor of Norfolk
February 2020 Guest SpeakerBrian Daley and Alan Driskell/Green Sector CROs, City of Norfolk Police Department
January 2020 Guest SpeakerWayne Green/Parking Director, City of Norfolk
November 2019 Guest SpeakerCity Councilwomen Andria McClellan/Superward 6
September 2019 Guest SpeakerCity Councilwomen Courtney Doyle/Ward 2
June 2019 Guest SpeakerJared Chalk/Norfolk Economic Development Authority and Executive Director - Development Update: Norfolk Hotel & Casino ResortMay 2019 Guest SpeakerKurt Krause/President & CEO of Visit Norfolk - Vision of Visit Norfolk
April 2019 Guest SpeakerJames Wofford/GM of MacArthur Center - Future of the MacArthur Center
March 2019 Guest SpeakerMel Price/WPA - Downtown Norfolk 2030 PlanSpecial
February 2019 Guest SpeakerMayor Kenny Alexander
November 2018 Guest Speakers1st Guest Speaker: Rachel Bellis – PETA Manager of Local Affairs2nd Guest Speaker: Robert W. Cross – Virginia Arts Festival Executive Director / Perry Artistic Director
October 2018 Guest Speakers1st Guest Speaker: Andria McClellan - Norfolk City Council Super Ward 6 2nd Guest Speaker: Ms. Joan Johnson - TCC Norfolk Campus SGA President/Student
September 2018 Guest Speakers1st Guest Speaker: Pete Garner - Operations Engineering Manager, City of Norfolk Department of Public Works, regarding Downtown Streets Resurfacing2nd Guest Speaker: Lisa Renée Jennings - LOVEVA Program Manager, Retail Alliance 3rd set of Guest Speakers: Wanted – Urban Grocer in Downtown Norfolk; Linda Hester & Randi Ferraro
August 2018 Guest SpeakersCourtney Doyle, Norfolk City Council Member Ward 2;also 2nd set of Guest Speakers from Hampton Roads Transit (HRT): Joe Dillard - External Affairs Liaison, plus Samantha Sink - Principal Transit Planner
June 2018 Guest SpeakersAleea Slappy, Norfolk Department of Economic Development.Also, Susan Johnson & Kevin Davis, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC).
May 2018 Guest Speaker:Chief of Police Larry Boone, Norfolk Police Department
April 2018 Guest Speakers:*1st Guest Speaker: Paul Filion, Norfolk’s Transportation Construction Project Manager, re: Pace Bike Share rollout;*2nd Guest Speaker: Tanya Bhasin, Candidate for Norfolk School Board, Ward 2;*3rd Guest Speaker: Nate Kinnison, Candidate for Norfolk School Board, Ward 2
March 2018 Guest Speakers:1st Guest Speaker: Tom Quaintance, Producing Artistic Director - Virginia Stage Company (Wells Theatre), presenting their 2018 / 2019 Season2nd Guest Speaker: Donald A. Roby – Candidate, Norfolk City Council – Ward 2
February 2018 Guest Speakers:1st Guest Speaker: Courtney Doyle, Candidate for Norfolk City Council Ward 2 (currently Norfolk School Board Member)2nd Guest Speakers: Glenn Sutch - President of Waterside District, & Lisa M. Murphy - Attorney at Law, LECLAIRRYAN
January 2018 Guest Speaker:> Drew Lumpkin, Regional Director for U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner
November 2017 Guest Speakers:> Hugh Copeland, Founder / Artistic Director, Hurrah Players, Inc.> Rob Cross, Executive Director / Perry Artistic Director, Virginia Arts Festival.
October 2017 Guest Speakers:> 1st Guest Speaker: our Virginia State Senator Lynwood Lewis Jr., whose Committees include Local Government; also, member Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding, plus Modeling and Simulation Advisory Council> 2nd Guest Speakers: TCC Norfolk Campus Provost Dr. Jeff Boyd, plus Director of Student Center & Success Initiatives Blair Rhodes
September 2017 Guest Speakers:1. Mary Miller - Downtown Norfolk Council, along with Richard Broad - Director, City of Norfolk Department of Public Works, regarding Brambleton Ave. intersection improvements at both Granby St. and Monticello Ave.2. Planning Commission Member Matt Hales, a Candidate for Norfolk Treasurer
August 2017, Guest Speakers:> Mel Price & Thom White of WPA ARCHITECTS> Delegate Daun Hester of Virginia House of Delegates, and Candidate for Norfolk Treasurer> Chuck Rigney, Director - City of Norfolk Department of Development
May 2017, Guest Speakers:   > Drew Ungvarsky of This Is Grow, regarding Downtown Norfolk Council’s Vibrant Spaces committee plans including for Selden Arcade   > Renee M. LoSapio, Norfolk’s Bike and Pedestrian Trails Commission
April 2017 - Norfolk Fire-Rescue Chief Jeff Wise, Public Education Specialist Michelle Morgan, Fire Marshall Karen Baka;  Norfolk Sheriff Joseph P. Baron
March 2017 - Andria McClellan, Norfolk City Council Member Super Ward 6; Matt Hales, Norfolk Planning Commission Member and Candidate for City of Norfolk Treasurer
February 2017 - Christine Morris, Chief Resilience Officer-City of Norfolk’s Office of the City Manager
January 2017-  Freeda Steele from the Catnip Cat Café. December 2016- Christmas Party Decker Half Moone Center.
October 2016- Carolyn Phillips from d’Art Center and Bart Neu from the Division of Parking.September 2016- End of Summer Party at Brick Anchor Brew-House.August 2016- Councilwoman Andria McClellan representing Super Ward 6.July 2016- Taylor Miller, Rachel Bellis, Rachel McCall & John Garrett.June 2016- Steven Pyle Emergency Preparedness, Pastor Jared Klingmeyer Wave Church’s.May 2016- Jeffrey Morrison and Ted Baroody (Festevents).April 2016- Mayoral Candidates.
March 2016- Dr. Noelle Gabriel, Carter Smith, Bob West.
February 2016- Andria McClellan, Warren Stewart, Councilman Barclay Winn.
January 2016- Election of a new Board of Director.
November 2015- Father Scott Hennessy.
October 2015- Buddy Gadams of Marathon Development.
September 2015-NEON District.August 2015- Karen Scherberger of Norfolk Festevents.
July 2015- Sheriff Bob McCabe.
June 2015- Jeffery S. Boyd, Ed.D., Provost of TCC’s Downtown Norfolk campus.
May 2015- David Sullivan, the city’s Chief Information Officer.
April 2015-  Andria McClellan from Better Together Norfolk.
March 2015- Senator Lynwood Lewis.
February 2015- Meeting cancelled due to snow.January 2015-Miles Leon of S.L. Nusbaum and Ryan Newland of Sail Nauticus.December 2014- Holiday Party.
November 2014- Brother Rutter.
October 2014- Greg Reck
August 2014- Jerry Frostick of J&A Racing. A Representative from the Planning Department.
July 2014- Peter Johnston from Work Program Architects.
June 2014- Steven Anderson, Director of Economic Development.
May 2014- Spring Mixer.
April 2014- Buddy Gadams, Bev Sell, Diane Rafferty, and Father Scott Hennessy.March 2014- Bart Neu (Parking Director, City of Norfolk). February 2014- Thom White Principal, Work Program Architects.
January 2014- Board Elections/Downtown Improvment District Renewal.
December 2013- DNCL Holiday Party at Bite Restaurant.
November 2013- Festevents.
October 2013- Candidates for elected office in Norfolk.
September 2013- Dr. Theresa Whibley.
August 2013- Karen Rudd, George Homewood and Lisa Fournier.
July 2013- Owners of several new local companies
June 2013- Ron Williams Assistant City Manager.
May 2013- David Sullivan, the Information Technology Director.
April 2013- Bill Bahen, the director of Sail Nauticus.
Mach 2013- Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith.
February 2013- Michael Schnekser of Tymoff+Moss Architects.
January 2013- Mary Miller, CEO of the Downtown Norfolk Council.
December 2012- Holiday party, membership drive.
November 2012- Paul Filion Amtrak new station.
October 2012- Drew Ungvarsky, Jesse Scaccia, Hannah Serrano and Devan MacConnell.
September 2012- Deborah Thorpe Assistant Director of the Governor’s School for the Arts.
August 2012- Paul Forehand from the Department of Recreation, Parks & Open Space.
July 2012- Representatives from the 7th Annual “CaribFest” and Out in the Park.
June 2012-  Buddy Gadams of Marathon Development Group.
May 2012- DNCL Quarterly Social.
April 2012- Lisa Coleman, Executive Director of CHKD.
March 2012- Thom White of Work Program Architects.
February 2012- John Deuel, Recycling Coordinator & Executive Director.  
January 2012- Assistant City Manager Darrell Hill. December 2011- Holiday Party/Membership Drive.
November 2011- Members discussion.
October 2011- Elizabeth Taraski from The Kellogg Organization.
September 2011 - Open Forum/Members.
August 2011 - Senator Ralph Northam.
July 2011- Hank Lynch, Executive Director of Nauticus.  Manny Cordero, CEO of the Freedom Marathon.
June 2011- Phil Shucet, the CEO of HRT.
May 2011- Tony DiFilippo, the President and CEO of VisitNorfolk.
April 2011- Susannah Winstead, the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Norfolk.
March 2011- Karen Sherberger Executive Director of Festevents.
February 2011- Councilwoman Dr. Teresa Whibley.
January 2011-  Open Forum/Members.
December 2010- Holiday Party/Membership Drive.
November 2010- Chuck Rigney, Asst. Director of Development.  Frank Duke, Director of Planning.         Bill Spivey, Landstudio.
October 2010- Delegate Matthew James.  Geoff Segal from Macquarie Capital Inc.  
September 2010- Linda Vaughn of  Union Mission Ministries.
August 2010- Councilman Tommy Smigiel (Ward 5).
July 2010- Tamara Poulson, Outreach Coordinator. Jim Price, VP Rail Operation.
June 2010- Councilwoman Dr. Teresa Whibley.
May 2010- Jeff Prioreschi, Executive VP of US Development.
April 2010- Karen Sherberger and Colonel Bill Davis.
March 2010- Bonnie Schule, Downtown Norflok Council.
February 2010- Stanley Stein, Assistant City Manager.
January 2010- John Keifer, Director of Public Works.
November 2009- Lekesha McIver-Alexander, Norfolk Cares Assistance Center.
October 2009- James Wofford, General Manager of MacArthur Center & John Rhamstine, Director of Cultural Facilities (Seven Venues).
September 2009- Ron Keys, Director of Emergency Preparedness & Response & Lisa Coleman, Executive Director of The King's Daughters.
August 2009- Anne Odell and Tracy Derring addressed concerns about Afr'Am Fest
July 2009- Norman Mass, Director of Norfolk Public Libraries.
June 2009- Karen Scherberger Executive Director of Festevents
May 2009- The organizers of  Afr'Am Fest
April 2009- Norfolk Police Dept.
March 2009- Vice-Mayor Mr. Anthony Burfoot, Norfolk City Council.
February 2009- Mr. Peter G. Decker, Jr.
January 2009- Karen Rudd, Manager for Cultural Affairs.
December 2008 - Mr. Stanley Stein, Assistant City Manager.
November 2008 - Paul Filion, Transportation Construction Project Manager/Heather Stein, Hampton Roads Transit.
October 2008 - Frank Duke, Norfolk Director of Planning and Community Development
September 2008- Open Forum/Members
August 2008- Shurl R. Montgomery, Executive Director of Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority
July 2008- Chief Bruce P. Marquis, Norfolk Police Department
June 2008- Frank Duke, Norfolk Director of Planning and Community Development
May 2008- Barclay C. Winn, Norfolk City Council
April 2008- Paul Filion, Norfolk Transportation Construction Project Manager
March 2008- Dr. Deborah M. DiCroce, President of TCC
February 2008- Brian Smith, Norfolk Tea Party
January 2008- Sharon M. McDonald, Norfolk Commissioner of Revenue