Our Human Resources Manager, Brittany, was invited to run a workshop at her alma mater by one of her former professors!
Although Brittany had many topics she wanted to go over, she focused on discussing email etiquette. She brought in print outs of her responses to real emails to give students an example of the professionalism used in corporate emails.
The workshop attendees listened carefully to her words and mentioned how much more prepared they feel to enter an office environment.
Brittany hopes for an invitation in the near future from Virginia State University to help with another workshop or event!
“One of Astyra’s founding principles focuses on community service and community leadership. We encourage everyone to find an opportunity to be of service to someone else this #MLKDay,” Astyra’s CEO, Ken said.
Our Operations Admin and Executive Assistant, Tianna volunteered with Rebuilding Together Richmond (RTR) one rainy Saturday this month.
The organization hosted their third annual “Fall Fix-Up Day” in Petersburg to help repair over ten homes and community spaces and clean up trash around the area. This day is similar to RTR’s “National Rebuilding Day,” which is a full day of home repairs and community revitalization in the Spring.
Tianna acted as their Communications Specialist by managing their social media platforms. She spent the day taking pictures and videos, creating posts and interviewing volunteers and homeowners on the event.
The Urban League of Greater Richmond Young Professionals (ULGRYP) and Thursday Network (TN) partnered together to host a panel discussion on career advancement and invited our Technical Recruiter, Victor to speak!
Victor has been a member of the ULGRYP for several years now and was honored to be chosen as a guest speaker.
Our CEO, Ken Ampy, attended his 15 year Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) class reunion earlier this month. Classmates gathered to reminisce on how the class shaped each of them into more experienced and prepared leaders. Since attending, each person has served and positively affected a board of their choice, thanks to the training.
Ken served on the reunion committee and was scheduled on the agenda to provide remarks. His comments were recorded and included on LMR’s blog and the most recent newsletter. In this blog post, Ken talks about his career of board services and its ties to LMR.
Carmen partnered with the Upsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in the organizations eighth annual Induction Ceremony on September 8th to welcome 11 sixth graders into the Future Young Leaders program.
Through this program, young girls will develop upon their skills and talents to help them become contributing citizens in their community.
Carmen looks forward to seeing how the girls grow and benefit from this program!
“The breakfast flew out of here – loved by everyone,” said Elisabeth Rigsby, house assistant.
Carmen was a superstar this month!
“As a 1st time participant in the YMCA Bright Beginnings program, being able to help kids feel good about themselves in school and beyond was rewarding. It reminded me of how incredibly blessed I am, and that encourages me to want to give back even more,” Carmen said.
She plans on helping out with this program again next summer!
Technical Recruiter, Victor Rogers participated in the YMCA Bright Beginnings program one evening in August.
The program matches children with a Shopping Buddy for one day to buy clothes and enjoy a meal together to prepare for school. Throughout their time together, the volunteer also offers advice and gives the child a positive outlook on the upcoming school year.
Victor paired up with a 2nd grader and they bought two new outfits before the start of his buddy’s new school year.
“I am very honored to have gone through this program and have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful Richmond leaders,” Melissa said reflecting on the experience.
On this ten-month journey, a diverse group of leaders are brought together to receive formal leadership workshops and improve upon their ability to make a lasting impact in the Greater Richmond area.
The program creates an environment for encouraging bold conversations about issues facing our region and helps to broaden perspectives among the group. Part of the program includes a group immersion project that tackles a particular regional issue. Melissa’s group researched and presented on Criminal Justice.
Astyra President, Sam Young is a member of Lead Virginia class of 2017. The program aims to educate proven leaders about regional differences, opportunities and challenges across the Commonwealth.
Click here to learn more, or to register for an event.
“Each topic that was discussed talked about things that women encounter on a day-to-day basis in both our professional and personal lives” says Brittany.