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G. William (Bill) Norris, Jr., of Henrico, recently was appointed to the Capital Region Workforce Investment Board (Resource). Resource is a federally funded workforce investment board that strives to increase private sector employment opportunities. It also ensures the integration of services to prepare individuals to meet the needs of business in the Richmond region. Norris is a director with the law firm of DurretteCrump, PLC. His practice focuses on equal opportunity law, labor relations and arbitrations, executive employment agreements, wage-hour law, and litigation of employment claims. He is a 1992 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and received his J.D. in 1997 from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.


Bon Secours Richmond Health System recently was named to the 2012 Top 10 list of nonprofits for executive women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). The list recognizes organizations whose policies and practices demonstrate their commitment to advancing women in leadership positions. This is the eighth consecutive year Bon Secours Richmond has been named a NAFE Top Company. As part of its selection process, NAFE looks at various areas and policies of the individual organizations including female representation at the executive level, hiring, attrition and promotion rates for women, access and usage of key retention and advancement programs, and company culture, manager training and accountability. More than 80 percent of Bon Secours Richmond’s 7,300 employees and many of its corporate executives are women. Working Mother magazine will publish the results of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women initiative in its February/March 2012 issue.


The Princeton Review recently selected the University of Richmond for its 2012 list of 75 best value private colleges. Richmond is one of 150 colleges and universities that The Princeton Review chose for its new book, “Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition,” on sale now. The book profiles the 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities it found that offer the best value to prospective college students. Richmond is among only around 60 American colleges and universities with fully need-blind admissions — meaning it does not consider ability to pay in the admission decision and it provides 100 percent of demonstrated financial need to admitted domestic undergraduates. The university awarded some $65 million in financial aid this year. The Princeton Review’s annual best value guide has selected Richmond every year since the publication began in 2004.


The University of Richmond’s Office of Alumni and Career Services recently hired Diana Burkett as communications manager and promoted Katybeth Lee to the new position of manager of internship programs. Burkett, of Goochland County, will oversee the planning, development and implementation of integrated communications for the office. She previously worked at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly Pew Center on Global Climate Change) as senior project coordinator of Make an Impact, an employee engagement program. Lee, of Henrico County, was assistant director of career development for six years, earning the university’s Advisor Excellence Award in 2009. In her new role, she will manage the internship application process, establish metrics for the program and assist students in understanding their roles and responsibilities related to their internships.


Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Mikowen – leased 3,400 square feet in Interair Center at 5377 Glen Alden Dr.; Q BBQ – leased 3,400 square feet in The Corner of Short Pump at W. Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive; All Med Express – leased 3,000 square feet in Westpark Shopping Center at 9621-9691 W. Broad St.; Construction Labor Contractors – renewed its lease of 1,874 square feet in Interport Business Center at 5300-5390 S. Laburnum Ave.; Custom Braid Gallery LLC – leased 1,440 square feet in East Towne Plaza at 2901-2935 E. Williamsburg Rd.; and The Hearing Aid Store Inc. – leased 1,330 square feet in Maybeury Shopping Center at 8900 Patterson Ave.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

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Crossroads Art Center will hold a TedxRVAWomen watch party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watch this sold-out event (taking place live at the Byrd Theatre) live-streamed in Building 3 of the arts center. Enjoy the give-and-take of an audience of your peers along with coffee and donuts. For details, call 278-8950 or visit For more information on this independently organized TED event, visit Full text

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