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We often have to limit attendance at our breakfasts due to capacity issues and 13 of the last 14 have sold out. If registration for an event is closed because we are full, you can become a SUPPORTING ENCOREPRENEUR and enjoy guaranteed reservations while helping us bring great programs to Richmond's encorepreneurs. Learn more

    • 24 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
    • Tang & Biscuit Shuffleboard Courts 3406 W. Moore Street - Richmond

    Chancellor of the University of Richmond
    World War II Veteran



    Dr. Bruce Heilman, Chancellor of the University of Richmond, World War II combat veteran and survivor, great grandfather, book author, and perhaps the most well-traveled 90+ year old Harley rider in the world will speak at our October Encorepreneur breakfast. He will tell us about his experiences as a survivor of the war, and about the reluctance of others to tell their own story.

    After a trip to the South Pacific to commemorate the sacrifice of both the Japanese and American soldiers who did not survive the war, he said “I could not help but think of all the young men who had died there, who never had a chance to get married, have children or live a life. I left in tears.”

    In his four years in the Marine Corps, and before he reached his 22nd birthday,

    Bruce Heilman survived a submarine attack on his way to the South Pacific, suicide bombing raids on the fleet in Okinawa, an airplane crash on Iwo Jima, and the still hot radiation from the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima to end the war.

    As a survivor, he recognized the guilt that many veterans feel from having survived when so many of their friends did not, and he set out on his Harley to help veterans tell the story of the “Greatest Generation” across the US. Since his 84th birthday he has traveled 60,000 miles and visited all 50 states on his bike including a 7,000-mile cross-country ride in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  

    Since then, he has become the national spokesperson for the "Keep the Spirit of ‘45 Alive Campaign" which works to share the message of the bravery and sacrifices of the members of the Marine Corps and other services who served in World War II. He is a founding member of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, an emeritus board member and former chairman of the Board of Marine Military Academy in Texas, member of the Board of Visitors and past chairman of the Board of the Marine Corps University at Quantico, secretary of the Board of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and member of the Marines’ Memorial Association. He has also served on the Advisory Review Board of the Service Academies, the board of directors of the National Defense University Foundation Inc. and a member of the board of directors of the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation.

    His autobiography “An Interruption That Lasted a Lifetime: My First Eighty Years” was published in September 2008.

    Grand Marshal Dr. Heilman leads WWII section of National Memorial
    Day Parade up Constitution Avenue in 2015.

    After the Corps, Dr. Heilman used the G.I. bill to get his bachelor’s degree and continued to earn a master’s degree and then a Ph.D; all from Peabody College, a part of Vanderbilt University. He served as president of Meredith College from 1966 to 1971 and served as president of the University of Richmond in 1971 until 1986. During his tenure, he was instrumental in receiving the largest contribution to the school in its history, a $50 million gift from Claiborne Robins. He is currently the Chancellor of the University.


    Making shuffleboard cool in RVA since 2018

    3406 West Moore Street - Scott's Addition

    Our October host and the 47th different location to host an encorepreneur! event is the Tang & Biscuit, RVA's new shuffleboard court and social club. Developed by Richmond entrepreneur and conmmunity activist, David Gallagher, the Tang and Biscuit, RVA’s first shuffleboard social venue is designed to encourage everyone to play, engage, and interact with one another in a fun and unique environment.

    The Tang & Biscuit features 10 regulation-size floor shuffleboard courts, table shuffleboard, a 50 foot bar serving up Tang-inspired cocktails and beer,  an innovative kitchen, and a  large event space designed for parties, meetings and social events of all kinds. Parking is located less than two blocks away at the intersection of West Moore St. & Mactavish Ave.

    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
    • Community Idea Stations Studios - 23 Sesame Street - Richmond, VA 23235

    "In My Chair"

    Eva DeVirgilis is an actor, speaker, activist and artist from New York City who now is “ecstatic to call Richmond her home”. Eva has been called  an "entertainment dynamo," and an “on-stage powerhouse” by critics, and we think you’ll agree. She has an important message and is a great public speaker. Her TEDxRVA talk is the most watched in TEDxRVA history.

    Eva coaches and consults with organizations in developing dynamic, outside-the-box presentations and leads seminars on team-building using the Rules of Improv Comedy. (No ’trust-falls’ she promises.) She is also a consultant and adjunct professor of public speaking at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business.

    While working as a makeup artist between acting gigs in NYC, Eva heard women constantly apologizing for their appearance while sitting in her chair. She shared these perspectives on self-esteem, body image, and often unrealistic 21st Century beauty standards through her internationally renowned TEDxRVA presentation. Response to the presentation flourished into an around the world research trip to see how other cultures viewed the same issues. The tour was commissioned by the New Works division of Virginia Repertory Theatre, and the results will be debuted as "In My Chair", a new solo-show, both written and performed by her. Co-produced by Virginia Rep and Cadence Theatre Company Opening March 2nd-23rd, 2019.

    We think you’ll laugh and cry with her as she brings these makeup chair conversations to life, and leave inspired to encourage yourself and your clients to be more confident and to stop apologizing.

    Eva’s other acting credits include theatre in New York, Philadelphia, and Richmond. She has appeared in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, AMC’s Turn; Washington's Spies. Legends & Lies, and can currently be seen waxing comically in 5 hilarious Capital One commercials.

    She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The New School University in NYC. She's happily married to crooner, actor, and U.S. Navy Reserve Sailor: Scott Wichmann. Be sure to visit Eva’s website to find out more about her.


    23 Sesame Street - Near Huguenot and Robius Roads

    We met in the meeting room of the Community Idea Stations during Encorepreneur's first year, and enjoyed it very much - except for the snow! Because of our growth, we wil be in the large studio this time, and we will be able to see what a large video production studio looks like. 

    The Community Idea Stations  is the largest locally owned and operated media company in the region, each week reaching more than 300,000 people throughout central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley of every age, demographic and economic circumstance. WCVE PBS, WCVW PBS, PBS Kids 24/7, lifestyle channel Create TV and international program channel MHz Worldview serve the Richmond community with television programming.
    The Community Idea Stations also play a majot role in building the communities it services. It partners  with many organizations, using our media to amplify their missions. The studios are located on Sesame Street in Southside near the corner of Huguenot and Robius Roads. 

1801 E. Cary Street  -  Richmond, VA 23223  -  804-986-1403

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