Harold Williams Jr.
35, Director of Annual Giving with Old Dominion University, Norfolk
Business and Civic Involvement:
UNCF 2020 Mayor’s Ball Silent Auction Committee; Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men Inc. Education Subcommittee Member; Blocker Norfolk Family YMCA Board of Advisors; LEAD Hampton Roads Class of 2019; ODU President’s Task Force for Inclusive Excellence Community Engagement Subcommittee Chair
What is something that makes you stand out professionally?
My willingness to listen learn and apply has made stand out in this profession. I am always looking for new experiences and to learn new things to better connect with donors and alumni. This fuels my creativity and innovative spirit that has opened so many doors.
Who or what keeps you motivated or inspires you?
Today, my biggest motivations are my faith and family. I strive to do the most with what I am given in every opportunity.
Tell us about an accomplishment that you’re proud of.
Honestly this selection has been my proudest moment so far. I have been behind the scenes in every part of my career path. To be selected for this is definitely a milestone.
How do you feel your industry can best respond to the effects of COVID-19?
There is no better time to witness the power of service and philanthropy. People are giving their time, treasure and talent to help one another. This is the perfect opportunity for higher education and fundraising to introduce civil service and philanthropy to those who want to get involved but did not know how.
What new idea or development are you excited about in Coastal Virginia?
I am most excited about what Something in the Water will do for this area. I experienced the impact of Timbaland, Missy and the Neptunes when I first moved to the area as a freshman at ODU. To see it evolve into a festival with global awareness brings limitless opportunities for the region.
What’s the most important aspect you look for in a workplace?
The most important part of the workplace is the passion and devotion of the team. We can always learn new techniques and best practices, but passion is what drives new ideas. When we are all devoted to the same cause there is opportunity for history to be made.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in your current position?
If I wasn’t in my current position, I would be in the nonprofit sector doing something for the arts while working in the music industry in either management or licensing.
What’s your favorite spot to relax in Coastal Virginia?
There are so many to name, but something my wife and I look forward to the most this summer is brunch at either Grain, Bay Local or Chick’s.