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Discussions about philanthropic legacy, diversity and inclusion, and entrepreneurship were on the altruistic agenda May 20 at United Way’s first-ever Young Philanthropists (YP) Summit, held at Virginia Wesleyan College. The full-day conference took place in Boyd Dining Center and featured keynote speakers, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities with other young adults, community leaders, and members of the United Way Tocqueville Society. Guest speakers included Alex Sheen, founder of because I said I would, a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the simple premise of improving the world by keeping promises; and Matt Thornhill, founder and president of Generations Matter and expert on generational dynamics at work and in the marketplace. Additional sessions were led by speakers from SunTrust Bank, Reinvent Hampton Roads, Cox Communications, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and more. Young Philanthropists (formerly the Young Leaders Society) is a group formed through United Way of South Hampton Roads that connects like-minded professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s through volunteer work and professional development opportunities. More