On May 29th a speaking and business networking event called DisruptHR/Charlottesville will be held at Live Arts’ Gibson Theater to raise money to fund a new robotics lab at Computers4Kids. DisruptHR is an international franchise that hosts events in more than 120 cities worldwide, but 2018 is the first year that the event will be held in Charlottesville.

According to event co-organizer Lily Garcia Walton, “DisruptHR events across the world attract a diverse range of people, all unified by a passion for business, a love of people, and a rebellious streak.”

The event, which has been described as an evening of intelligent and provocative talks from area leaders about the future of work and talent, will begin at 5:00 p.m. with an hour of business networking, drinks, and light fare. Then, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., 12-15 five- minute talks in the “ignite” format (20 slides advancing at 15 second intervals) will be presented.

“We are excited to be partnering with DisruptHR/Charlottesville to raise funds for a new robotics lab,” says Kala Somerville, Executive Director of Computers4Kids. “Our mission is to inspire and educate teenagers from low income households. Building a robotics lab will allow us to bring even more immersive career-relevant learning opportunities to our members. We are especially excited that one of our members will be speaking at DisruptHR/Charlottesville about the value of their experiences at C4K.”

Other confirmed DisruptHR speakers include: Kelley Stuck, VP and CHRO of the University of Virginia; Christy Phillips, Chief Talent Officer of Willow Tree, Inc.; Chic Thompson, Founding Partner of What A Great Idea! and Batten Fellow of Entrepreneurship at the Darden School of Business; Jeff Tennery, CEO of Moonlighting; Sarah Rumbaugh, CEO of Relish Careers; Reggie Leonard, Assistant Director for Career Services at the UVA Data Science Institute; and Marga Odahowski, Corporate Mindfulness Consultant; Lily Garcia Walton, Chief Legal and People Officer of Teamed for Learning; Lisa Rogoff, Founder of Launch Project; and Janet Driscoll Miller, President and CEO of Marketing MoJo.

Early bird tickets for DisruptHR/Charlottesville are on sale on Eventbrite for $15. After May 15th, tickets will be $20. The Gibson Theater at Live Arts accommodates 180 patrons.

The DisruptHR/Charlottesville planning committee is comprised of: Josh Galun, Director, Excella Consulting; Natalie Masri, Founder, Brave May, LLC; Christy Phillips, Chief Talent Officer, Willow Tree, Inc.; Sara Piedmonte, Human Resources Manager, Willow Tree, Inc.; Cindy Swigert, VP of HR, UVA Community Credit Union; and Lily Garcia Walton, Chief Legal and People Officer, Teamed for Learning.

More information is available at DisruptHR.co/Charlottesville.