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Boundless Impact: Inclusion and Diversity Discussion with Virginia Beach Alumni

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Hear how Virginia Tech is increasing the number of underrepresented and underserved students, the diversity of our faculty, and the financial support that every accepted student needs. Watch the panel moderated by President Tim Sands. Here's a look at the panelists.

Lynne Doughtie is the retired U.S. chairman and CEO of KPMG. She was the first female top executive at KPMG and the first woman to serve as chairman and CEO for one of the Big Four professional services firms. She was also the first person in her family to go to college. Doughtie is an engaged alumna of the Pamplin College of Business, where she is a member of the advisory council. She also is one of the tri-chairs of the Boundless Impact campaign.

Aaron Rouse, who was born and raised in the Tidewater region, was elected to the Virginia Beach City Council in 2018. Growing up in a low-income family, Rouse came to Virginia Tech on a football scholarship and was later drafted by the Green Bay Packers. Following a career in the NFL, he returned home to Virginia Beach and established Rouse’s House, a nonprofit that serves young people in need. Today he continues to work with young people as a mentor to student-athletes.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Smith also joins us on his home turf. Raised by hard-working parents with minimum-wage jobs, he attended Virginia Tech on a football scholarship and became the most-honored player in Hokie history. After a 19-year career in the NFL, he returned to Virginia, where today he is a real estate developer committed to creating jobs and generating revenue in the Tidewater region.

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