Speaker Series

DRF began the Speaker Series in 2009 by bringing innovative thinkers to the Dan River Region as part of DRF's endeavor to transform the regional economy and create a prosperous and healthy culture benefitting all of the region's citizens. An asset of the Speaker Series has been the development of confidence within the many residents of the region. Attendees take the speakers' messages home with them and the spark grows, encouraging them in turn to create positive change.

The 2012-2013 Speaker Series, in cooperation with the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce (DPCCC), began with Tim Wilson on Monday, October 29 at 7:30 AM at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR). Wilson is the Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, and author of Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change. Redirect is this year's Community Read book. Wilson also spoke with 200 students from Danville Public Schools, Danville Community College (DCC), Piedmont Community College (PCC), and Averett University (AU) at DCC's Oliver Hall the same day at 11:30 AM. Copies of Redirect are available for purchase at the Averett University Bookstore for a discounted price of $10.

This season's other speakers are Bill Strickland and Vivek Wadhwa.

Strickland will present on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6PM. This will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Wadhwa will appear on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 7:30 AM at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR).

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DRF began the Speaker Series in 2009 by bringing innovative thinkers to the Dan River Region as part of DRF′s endeavor to transform the regional economy and create a prosperous and healthy culture benefitting all of the region′s citizens. An asset of the Speaker Series has been the development of confidence within the many residents of the region. Attendees take the speakers′ messages home with them and the spark grows, encouraging them in turn to create positive change.

On October 21, 2014, author, cultural historian and DuBois Fellow at Harvard University Sarah Lewis will join us to speak on her book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, a layered, story-driven investigation of how innovation, discovery, and the creative progress are all spurred on by advantages gleaned from the improbable, the unlikely, even failure.

Click on 2014 below to read more about Sarah and to register for the event.