What IS Synapse?

You may have noticed a new series of Leadership Metro Richmond events over the past few months entitled: Synapse Hub 027. Greta Kidd (LMR Class of 2020), Vice President of Member Experience at ValleyStar Credit Union, approached LMR about a partnership between our two organizations. To create a new type of Synapse hub that brings various regional challenges to the forefront of discussion with the community members outside of the LMR network. As a result, this bi-monthly educational opportunity provides a unique learning and networking experience in the Richmond area and across the state of Virginia (the reach continues to grow across the nation and the globe).    

ValleyStar Credit Union has been serving businesses and families across Virginia since 1953. Our mission is to make banking and managing your finances as easy and convenient as possible and ensure a healthy and connected community.  

 Our partnership with Leadership Metro Richmond allows us to convene diverse individuals to tap into the heart and soul of the metro Richmond area. Through Synapse, ValleyStar Credit Union and Leadership Metro Richmond have built a networking environment to strengthen and lift local nonprofits and businesses. Synapse is a networking organization that facilitates thoughtful connections between companies and nonprofit groups to foster community and economic development.   

  Each hub meeting contains the main topic addressed by a guest speaker and time for participants to introduce themselves and make connections. Past issues in Synapse Hub 027 include The Wealth Gap, Housing and Public Policy, and Challenging Cultural Biases. Speakers include community leaders from both inside and outside of the LMR alumni network, and all meetings are open to the public. Meeting registration is intentionally limited to facilitate engagement better, averaging around 20 participants per meeting. In addition, all participants have a spotlight moment to speak to their interests and community engagement. Together, our goal is to connect diverse leaders to create opportunities, build relationships and inspire one another.   

 You can always find the next Hub 027 topic and date on the upcoming events page of the LMR website and the LMR Facebook events page here. To sign up to attend a future Hub 027 meeting, please visit the Synapse website here, and search for “Leadership Metro Richmond” or “027” for the next available session. Gatherings happen on Zoom every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 11:00 am-Noon. So, join us for the next one and see what “hubbing” is all about!  


 Rachael Williams  

Hub Honcho for LMR Synapse Hub 027  

Business Development Manager, ValleyStar Credit Union  


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