Talk LIVE: Growing Your Career & Community

Monday, June 11th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at Richmond Triangle Players

Guests will find the intersection of passion and professional excellence at Talk LIVE: Growing Your Career & Community. This TED-style event will engage, inform, and inspire professionals of all ages with actionable steps and advice on how to advance your careers while also harnessing your passion to influence real change in our community.
At Family Lifeline’s annual Talk LIVE event, participants heard from a variety of leaders about how success comes not so much from what we do (our job), but how well we do it (our passion for our job) and the effect it has (impact of our job).
Speakers included:

  • Mickael Broth, Renowned Artist: Hear his journey in finding the intersection of passion and professional excellence through murals and public art — helping him to find his identity while also defining our city.
  • Ira Holliday, Business Culture Strategist, Altria Group: Learn how he empowers individuals to better connect and drive change across organizations through inclusion-based strategies that promote personal and professional success.
  • Jessica Noll, Media Professional, WTVR: Hear personal reflections and lessons learned on succeeding in the media industry as a woman and supporting our local community along the way.
  • Duron Chavis, Urban Farmer & Activist: Learn how his personal experiences and resiliency have impacted his career, and in turn our Richmond community to be a more thriving and vibrant place.
  • Doug Mercado, International Humanitarian: From humanitarian relief operations to refugee assistance programs to recovery efforts in more than a dozen countries, learn insights on a humanitarian assistance career and lessons learned along the way.
  • Carlos Brown, Vice President & General Counsel, Dominion Energy: Hear his personal story of perseverance and resiliency to become a leading corporate attorney that believes the world can be changed from the boardroom.
  • Andreas Addison, Innovator & City Councilmen:  Hear his journey towards civic innovation and better understand the power a group with shared passion, vision, desire, and goals has to transform the world.

Learn more about our speakers:

Mickael Broth, Renowned Artist

Mickael is Richmond-based artist, muralist, and writer. Broth came to Richmond in 2001 with the intention of painting graffiti as much as possible. His involvement in vandalism was halted abruptly with his arrest in 2004 and subsequent ten-month jail term for his crimes. Since that time, he has gone on to pursue an active (and mostly legal) career in the arts. Awarded a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in 2008 for his gallery work which has been shown in museums, galleries, and abandoned buildings across the country, he has painted murals throughout Richmond and the United States over the past decade as part of public art projects and private commissions. In 2016, Broth received international acclaim for his “dancing” Bernie Sanders mural in Richmond. In 2013 he published a three part memoir entitled Gated Community: Graffiti and Incarceration, detailing his experiences in the justice system. Broth has been an active member of the community, working with youth art groups, as well as leading groups of corporate volunteers through public art projects, in addition to contributing work to multiple non-profit organizations. Broth is the co-founder of Welcoming Walls, a project dedicated to bring public art to the highways and gateways of Richmond Virginia in an effort to boost civic pride, tourism, and the city’s reputation as a capital of creativity.


Ira Holliday, Business Culture Strategist, Altria Group

Ira is a Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Strategist at Altria Group, Inc. With nearly 20 years of experience in HR strategy, change management and associate development, Ira combines his business acumen with a core focus on “heart-based” solutions to empower individuals to better connect and drive change across organizations. His inclusive perspective has been shaped by great mentors and friends who have encouraged him to  seek difference, build relationships and search for insights not just results. He believes that inclusion-based strategies are the force multiplier for innovation and business success. In addition, Ira is a dedicated husband, father and community partner to several organizations throughout RVA.  He was the founder of the Future Leaders Forum for Young Men (launched in 2008) which has delivered leadership workshops to over 2500 students across Central Virginia. His community engagements also include board service with Junior League of Richmond and volunteer support to Team Excel Foundation.

Jessica Noll, Media Professional, WTVR

Calling Richmond home now for the last 17 years, Jessica was raised on the beaches of the Carolina coast in Wilmington, NC. Today, she’s the Director of Local Programming for WTVR – Richmond’s CBS affiliate and the South’s First Television Station – overseeing all station generated, non-news-related content. This graduate of Penn State University is also the Executive Producer and host of the daily talk and entertainment show, Virginia This Morning. Outside of the station, Jessica relishes being a community contributor and loves the arts. She is a mother of two vivacious girls and is married to her best friend and she’s very proud to call Richmond home!

Duron Chavis, Urban Farmer & Activist

Named the Richmond Times Dispatches 2017 Person of the Year, Duron Chavis is community engagement with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden where he leads efforts to promote local urban greening and fight food insecurity. He’s also responsible for Beautiful RVA, a collaborative effort to promote urban greening and space beautification. A partnership with several local and regional organizations including Groundwork RVA, Capital Trees, HandsOn Greater Richmond and many others, it works to promote public horticulture and urban greening across the region. In conjunction with Beautiful RVA, Duron developed the Ginter Urban Gardener and the Community Greening Toolkit programs. “We realized we needed to be a lot more deliberate and intentional about how to do urban greening and beautification within the community itself.”

Doug Mercado, International Humanitarian

Doug has worked in the field of international disaster assistance and post-conflict recovery for over 28 years on assignments with the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Organization of American States and various non-governmental organizations. He has managed humanitarian relief operations, refugee assistance programs and recovery efforts in more than a dozen countries including Nicaragua, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Iraq, Liberia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Haiti, Myanmar, Angola and Eritrea. He currently serves as the Response Manager for USAID’s Response Management Team for South Sudan. In 2017, he served as the deputy country director for the UN World Food Programme in Nigeria where he managed efforts to avert famine in the northeast of the country. In 2016, he spent two semesters as a visiting lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School Public and International Affairs. Doug led USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) for the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2015. From 2008-2013, he worked as the humanitarian affairs adviser at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York where he guided the U.S. government’s humanitarian policy. Doug holds a M.P.P from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Latin American Studies and History from the College of William and Mary.

Carlos Brown, Vice President & General Counsel, Dominion Energy

Carlos M. Brown has been named vice president and general counsel, succeeding Mark O. Webb, who is now senior vice president-Corporate Affairs and chief legal officer. Brown reports to Webb in his new position, which oversees daily operations of the company’s legal department.
Brown joined Dominion in 2007 after years of private law practice. He has served in various capacities at Dominion, including in the law department, Alternative Energy Solutions group and Power Generation unit. Most recently Brown served as deputy general counsel-Litigation, Labor and Employment. Brown received a bachelor’s degree in American government and African-American studies and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia (UVA).

Andreas Addison, City Councilmen and Innovator

Born and raised in Virginia, Andreas moved to Richmond following graduation from Virginia Tech with a degree in Political Science. He found his introduction to public service when he was hired in 2008 as a Management Analyst in City Hall. Through the transition of leadership from Mayor Doug Wilder to Mayor Dwight Jones, he became the special projects leader for the city. He completed his MBA studies at the University of Richmond and upon graduation in 2012, utilized his experience in City Hall and in his studies to create the role of Civic Innovator. In this new role he led Richmond’s pursuit and acceptance as an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge partner in 2013, Fuse Corps fellowship partner in 2014, and culminated in the Code for America partnership in 2015 which supported the launch of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first Open Data portal and creation of the Code for RVA Brigade. These experiences combined to create a unique approach to tackle social issues in a cross-sector collaborative manner. The Civic Innovation process combines human-centered design with systems thinking and an inclusive engagement strategy to derive impactful and achievable solutions. Having left City Hall in 2016 to create his own consulting business, he also successfully ran for City Council and represents the First District. His business, Civic Innovator LLC, has worked on projects with local small businesses, German Marshall Fund, the City of Boston, City of Athens Greece and Warsaw Poland.

Event Emcee:

David Gallagher, Dominion Payroll

A speaker at our inaugural event last year, we’re excited to welcome David back to Talk LIVE as our event emcee. David Gallagher is the founder and CEO of Dominion Payroll Services (DPS), proudly supplying payroll and human resource services to thousands of clients. An 8 time winner of the Inc. 5000 award, DPS has a national presence and has been the recipient of numerous national awards for growth, customer retention and customer service. Additionally, David and his wife Grace started the Cameron K. Gallagher Memorial Foundation to honor their daughter Cameron who died after completing a half marathon in Virginia Beach. The Foundation host a 5k race called the SpeakUp5K to stomp out the negative stigma associated with teenage depression.

Attendees will learn from local business and community leaders, be inspired by their passion, verbalize with thought leaders, and engage in lively discussions around how you, too, can advance your career while making a difference. You’ll also better understand the mission of Family Lifeline and the unique role we all can play in empowering families in our community to lead healthy, happy and independent lives.

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Dessert Sponsor:

Kate Belleman