Charlottesville is incredibly rich in its intellectual and cultural diversity. With the University of Virginia at its core, the city serves as a hub of important dialogues that pertain to us universally. With the construction of a new auditorium space at St. Anne's-Belfield School, we saw an opportunity to bring this community closer together by promoting the type of discussions unique to our city.
Since the spring of 2015, our team has been working to reach out to a diverse group of speakers, in conjunction with the school's administration. We hope this event contributes to the Charlottesville culture of discourse.
On December 10th 2016, over 130 community members gathered at the Greenway Rise Auditorium and kick-started the very first annual Greenway Symposium. During the two and half hour gathering, five speakers of all backgrounds shared their life stories and dedicated work with the larger community. Our audience engaged with the speakers and asked questions. The 2016 event was a resounding success according to surveys that were sent out to the attendees.
We hope the second annual Greenway Symposium cement the reputation from last year as a riveting platform for a diverse range of speakers to share their personal stories and dedicated work with the larger community. We aim to gather more audience members from the area and create a more profound influence within the community.