A High-Tech Community

Thank you photographer Rebecca Stotler for seeing my joy.

Anne Clelland, Handshake 2.0, Cory Donovan, NCTC, photo by Rebecca Stotler

Photographer Rebecca Stotler took this picture of me and Cory Donovan, Executive Director of the NewVa Corridor Technology Council, NCTC, at the NCTC Fall Gala on October 1, 2008 at The Inn at Virginia Tech.

To reply to a very kind e-mail about the photo from Lindsey Eversole, Member Services Manager of VT KnowledgeWorks, I wrote:

I felt lit from within. 

As a high-tech start-up in the New River Valley, I’ve had so much support and belief and faith, and that "m-word" of Jim’s (Jim Flowers, Director of VT KnowledgeWorks and author of the blog So you want to launch a business…)–mentoring–that I wanted to be my best self in thanks.  I didn’t even take a pen or paper.  I just wanted to be there. 

And there was a lovely place–congenial, professional, interested, interesting, witty.

And the meal!  Cory was so smart–not chicken!  Steak!  Savory vegetables and potatoes, an awing combination of crème brûlée and cheesecake if you can imagine that, and red wine!  And the Inn seemed decorated for the holidays, even though it’s not yet time. 

The Gala felt like a business celebration of Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve all at once–so warm to be together and such exciting things ahead!

And a highlight of the evening for me was introducing new-to-the-area David Sensenig of LeClairRyan to the group of people side-by-side in the world of Web 2.0 through business blog posts I have written about them here or on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks–all of them meeting in person for the very first time.

That’s just how a business blog with a local focus and a national market is supposed to work!

I loved introducing my blog stars to each other: “This is MY IP attorney, Michelle Mayberry, this is MY competitive intelligence Attaain guy, Daryl Scott, this is MY Portaqua guy, Wally Newton.”  I felt so proud to know these people of expertise and integrity.

For me, I couldn’t have had a more gratifying or inspiring night.

And to Cory Donovan:

I know you prefer the spotlight on NCTC rather than on yourself, but, very gently, people build relationships with people, not with organizations, and I attribute the camaraderie of the evening to you.  We all knew you, so we knew each other. 

You are creating a high-tech community.  I am proud and honored to be a part of it.

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  1. Anne, Blog Diva, –

    You look absolutely beautiful and elegant in your black dress! Now, I understand what you were talking about at Concept Camp…

  2. Lindsey, your support of me as a VT KnowledgeWorks company inspires me at Concept Camp, in e-mails to you, in the conference rooms you reserve for me for meetings with clients, on and on!

    Thank you, Lindsey!

  3. Being around Anne is a fill up of positive attitude. Forget about the glass half full part. She overflows.

  4. This was my first NCTC formal event and I had an absolutely wonderful time! The organizers did a fabulous job and I take my hat off to Cory, who has done an amazing job of promoting NCTC since he came on board – everything from the redesigned Web site to the newsletters.

    Great job all the way around! I look forward to next year’s event!

  5. Thank you so much, Wally for such kind, lovely words.

  6. Gary, I missed meeting you at the Gala, but I very much enjoyed your post on your Web site. I, too, am a Jackie Chan fan!


    And I’m definitely a Cory Donovan fan!

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