Congratulations to CRA Account Directors Hollie Lansing and Kyra Harris, proud 2019 graduates of LEAD Virginia and Leadership West Virginia, respectively. In each program, Hollie and Kyra traveled across their states with other professionals, participating in educational and leadership development courses focused on the challenges and opportunities in Virginia and West Virginia.
Hollie says she is thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet new professionals from a variety of industries and learn ways to help make a positive impact in her state's communities. Kyra says she’s grateful to have learned about the issues affecting her state while uncovering hidden gems of history and industry along the way.
Lead Virginia is a nonprofit organization that educates proven leaders about the regional differences, opportunities and challenges across the commonwealth. Hollie is one of 51 participants who was chosen for her professional experience and community stewardship. She recently graduated the program at a ceremony at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va.
Leadership West Virginia is a nonprofit organization seeking to develop and motivate a cross-section of emerging leaders to brighten the future of the Mountain State overall. Kyra was one of fifty-five participants chosen for the program based on her professional experience, community involvement and leadership. She was honored last week at a graduation ceremony at the WV Division of Culture and History in Charleston, W.Va.
Educational development programs like these represent an important learning opportunity to the leadership team at Charles Ryan Associates, and we are excited to have two rising leaders join the ranks of those who have already been through the programs. Hollie is the third CRA graduate of LEAD Virginia. Matt Isner, chief strategy officer, is a 2011 graduate and Matt Fidler, chief creative officer, is a 2014 graduate.
Meanwhile, Kyra is the second CRA graduate of Leadership West Virginia, following CCO Alisha Maddox, who graduated in 2014 and chairs the marketing committee.
Way to go Hollie and Kyra!