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WHRO Public Media recognizes the importance of reaching all audiences, which is why we formed the Emerging Leaders Board—a smart, passionate group of young professionals who have hosted several dynamic community events. Learn what they have planned for 2020.

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Welcome to the official site for the WHRO Emerging Leaders Board (ELB), a unique group of young professionals who are passionate about public media and who are interested in supporting its mission.

The mission of the ELB (also affectionately known as the ELBows) is to seek new and unique opportunities to engage millennials in public media.

Welcome to the official site for the WHRO Emerging Leaders Board (ELB), a unique group of young professionals who are passionate about public media and who are interested in supporting it’s mission.

The mission of the ELB (also affectionately known as the ELBows) is to seek new and unique opportunities to engage millennials in public media.

We are a nerdy, fun, community-engaged group.


Who We Are

We are made up of 22 young professionals who are beginning to make their mark in Hampton Roads in a number of different industries. We currently have accountants and finance professionals from large companies, communication experts from Fortune 500 companies, educators in the arts, educators in our school systems, we have PhDs, and attorneys who work for well recognized firms (even a partner), and non profit and local government professionals just to name a few. In short, this capable group of millennials has an important bond, we are PBS and NPR nerds who are spending their time giving back to public media.

Our Members

Sam Black
Jennifer Chapman
Keith Darrow
Katie Elder
Luis Estrada
Paige Hamm
Zoe Hardy
Rhena Hicks
Meghan E. Higgins
Takeika Hopkins
Jane Kim-Secretary




Khalid Langston
Monica Meyer-Treasurer
John Miller-Chair
José Morey
Alli Pereira
Whitney Porter 
Rachel Thompson
Igor Vaserfirer 
Rhen West
William White
Nisha Witt-Vice Chair


Learn More About Us

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Smart Pill, the podcast from WHRO's Emerging Leaders Board, features conversations covering a wide range of topics that include humor, engage the mind and explore the local community.

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With authenticity and engagement at its core, the ELB’s most striking success has been their Emerging Talks series – where they host public conversations about local issues, developments, and other topics of interest around Hampton Roads, featuring public personalities, officials, and experts in a format that is playfully modeled after the French salons of the 18th century enlightenment.

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