(Charlottesville, Virginia – July 9) The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced that Carla G. Williams, Director of Athletics at the University of Virginia, will give the keynote address at the Chamber Business Diversity Council luncheon. Underwritten by the University of Virginia with Allison Partners as the Gold Sponsor, the luncheon will be held at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 11:00am – 1:30pm
. “We are very excited to have Ms. Williams this year as our keynote speakers.” says Treat Jackson, Chamber Business Diversity Council chairwoman. “We’ve heard nothing but great things about her and are glad to have her part of our community and this event.”
Hired by UVA in 2017, Ms. Williams spent the last 13 years at the University of Georgia as an athletics administrator. She had been the school’s deputy director of athletics since 2015. According to the University of Virginia, Ms. Williams is the first female African American athletics director at a Power Five conference institution and is the fifth active female athletics director at that level. She has a strong commitment not only to athletic excellence, but academic excellence.
The Chamber is also accepting nominations for the John F. Bell, Sr. Vanguard Award. The Chamber Business Diversity Council established the John F. Bell Sr. Vanguard Award in 2015 to recognize an outstanding business person or individual who promotes diversity within our Greater Charlottesville community. The award is named in honor of John F. Bell Sr., a strong, determined and respected business leader and citizen who established successful businesses during a time when society wasn’t so welcoming to people of his cultural background. Previous award recipients include Kaye Monroe (2015), Forward Adelante Business Alliance (2016) and Eugene and Lorraine Williams (2017).
Nominations for the Chamber Business Diversity Council John F. Bell Sr. Vanguard Award will be accepted through Thursday, August 16 at www.cvillechamber.com. The award will be presented at the luncheon.
The Chamber Business Diversity Council was launched in January 2012 growing out of the City of Charlottesville’s Dialogue on Race, the Chamber’s “Orange Dot Project” recommendations, Chamber leadership and support from several leading Chamber member enterprises. Its mission is to grow and support minority businesses by facilitating the startup of new businesses and the sustained success of existing businesses.
Founded in 1913, the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities. Today the more than 1,200 Chamber member and affiliate member enterprises employ more than 45,000 people in Greater Charlottesville, representing an estimated total payroll of more than $1.75 billion a year.