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Friday, April 21 • 8:00am - 10:30am
Society & Justice Conference: Tomorrow Talk: Early Childhood Education

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How can cross-sector partners come together to address the rising costs of childcare and create more equitable opportunities for our community's youngest learners?

This facilitated conversation with United Way of Greater Charlottesville explores important connections on early childhood education --- its importance, challenges, and opportunity ---  and the future of Greater Charlottesville.  

This conversation is a continuation of the “Tomorrow Talks” series; a yearlong Tom Tom initiative designed to connect leaders across our city. These energizing, facilitated conversations are designed to make connections, build trust, and inspire new collaborations. Each conversation features a vibrant mix of entrepreneurs, nonprofit and civic leaders, educators, and community organizers. However, the series is not about anyone’s resume. It’s about friends and neighbors who get to know each other and build trust. 

For this special edition with United Way, we’ll connect and build relationships amongst professionals and diverse community interests who work year-round to bring educational opportunities to more of the community. 

This session is by Invitation Only. If you would like to be involved, please email Ben Wilkes (bwilkes@unitedwaycville.org) to inquire about registration

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Ravi Respeto

President and CEO, United Way of Greater Charlottesville
Ravi Respeto joined United Way of Greater of Charlottesville in July 2018 as President and CEO. Her career in nonprofit leadership started as Campaign Manager for Charlottesville Waldorf School with a $3 million-dollar campaign to build an environmentally sustainable school. Her commitment... Read More →
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Ben Wilkes

Director of Development, United Way of Greater Charlottesville
Ben Wilkes is the Director of Development at United Way of Greater Charlottesville. He is fueled by people and the possibilities we create through collaboration and belonging. Prior to his role at United Way, Ben was Program Manager at Tom Tom Foundation, helping develop new models... Read More →
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Paul Beyer

Executive Director, Tom Tom Foundation
My professional interests and passions are around community building; with a specific focus on my hometown of Charlottesville, VA. I love the instigators, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, and healers who are filled with civic purpose and desire to create communities of friendship... Read More →
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Sherry Bryant

Education and Outreach Specialist, University of Virginia, School of Education and Human Development, Youth-Nex
Sherry Bryant, a native of Newport News, VA, has taught secondary social studies education including U.S. history, government, and civics and economics in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. During her time as an educator, Bryant prioritized integrating strategies that addressed... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2023 8:00am - 10:30am EDT
Common House