Virginia Wesleyan held its first meeting of the new Corporate Leaders Council (CLC) on March 16, 2017. The CLC is comprised of business leaders from Coastal Virginia who embrace, embody and similarly align with the College’s vision and values in their management practices. Joe Ruddy '83, Chief Innovation Officer at The Port of Virginia, served as guest speaker for the meeting. In a presentation called "The Power of Interns," Ruddy gave an overview of the Port and its future and how interns from Virginia Wesleyan are helping to shape that future. VWC seniors Amanda Baxter and Amber Gaines also spoke about their internships at the Port of Virginia and the Pentagon, respectively. Virginia Wesleyan looks to its Corporate Leaders to connect with students through experiential learning opportunities like internships, mentoring and career fairs; to engage with students in the classroom by serving as guest speakers or panelists for special events; and to positively project the quality and versatility of a liberal arts education at Virginia Wesleyan, which increases the value and name recognition of a VWC degree as new graduates enter the workforce. Learn more about the Corporate Leaders Council.