United Way of the Virginia Peninsula held a CEO breakfast on July 16 while looking forward to the start of the United Way 2019 campaign and recognizing corporate companies that have supported their work within the community. Over 70 agency and corporate CEOs from across the Peninsula gathered at the Holiday Inn at City Center in Newport News to reflect on United Way’s accomplishments in the community and how corporate companies and nonprofits alike can continue to create pathways out of poverty across the Virginia Peninsula through collective efforts such as the annual United Way campaign.
The CEO breakfast was hosted by 2019 United Way Campaign Cabinet Chair Teresa L. Edwards, who announced the campaign’s 2019 goal. Edwards is leading a group of passionate individuals that will steer all corporate sectors towards success in the upcoming campaign. She is a corporate vice president for Sentara Healthcare, and is responsible for the system’s Peninsula and Western Tidewater hospitals. Additionally, Jennifer Boykin, United Way 2019 campaign cabinet chair-elect and executive vice president of Huntington Ingalls Industries and president of Newport News Shipbuilding, spoke on the key role company heads have on the success of the community, not only in business but through service.