Richmond is our Classroom

Accomplished professionals are tapped to work with CSEI participants in their fields of expertise. Leaders share  lessons from their career experiences that are directly applicable to the design challenges and leadership development of students. Volunteers meet with students either at their Richmond office, on Collegiate’s campus or via online conference.

The Power of Diverse Perspectives

“A magical thing happens when you throw people together in a room to solve a problem that they care about. Within minutes, the students organized around the shared goal like living cells, which, for teenagers navigating their unique brand of social norms, is a multi-layered process. And while these high achieving students are used to being evaluated and rewarded on an individual basis, they were able to experience the exponential power of a team.”

Ashley Shoval Rose, Design Consultant at Hard Yards
Read more of Ashley’s blog post about visiting CSEI here.

Past Participants

Lynne Jones Blain, Attorney with Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman

Bryan Bostic, Startup Virginia Board Member

Lena Bryant and James Koroma, OneGivv Cofounders

Dave Clemans, Brand Innovation Consultant to Disney Streaming Services and the National Hockey League

John Dau, Founder of the John Dau Foundation and Collegiate Global Scholar-in-Residence

Melissa Durda, Synergos Senior Director of Philanthropy

Jeff Eastman, Virginia Commonwealth University Urban Planner

John Failla, Trilogy Mentors Founder and CEO

Courtney Ferrell, Consultant and Motivational Speaker

Carolyn Kochard, Brandefy COO/Cofounder

Lauren Napolitano, Capital One Human Resources

Judy Pahren, Capital One Senior Vice President and CSEI alumna

Matthew Robinette, Richmond Region Tourism Director of Convention and Sports Services

Ashley Shoval Rose, Hard Yards Design Consultant

Mark Smith, Midas of Richmond Owner and Community Change Agent

Shep Ware, Randolph Square IP Vice President

Richard Wintsch, Startup Virginia Executive Director