HRDIC Board Members
Founder & President
Emily C. Reaves works for the City of Virginia Beach and joined its Inclusion and Diversity Council (IDC) in 2010. Emily currently serves as IDC Chair. She served as the chair for the Council’s Strategic Development Committee (SDC). One goal of the SDC is to work with collaborative partners and develop a regional diversity consortium to establish, review and keep current on best practices from this goal the Regional Roundtable on Inclusion and Diversity for the Hampton Roads region was created and its first meeting was held May 13, 2011.
With that SDC goal as a focus, Emily was instrumental in the creation of the Hampton Roads Diversity & Inclusion Consortium (HRDIC), a regional group of public and private sector organizations who meet quarterly to discuss the business case for inclusion and diversity best practices in the workplace. In January 2013, the attendees of the Regional Roundtable meetings decided that the roundtable should become a formal body and created the Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium (known formerly as the Regional Roundtable).
Emily has served as the Chair of the HRIDC since its inception in 2013. Under her leadership, the HRIDC has grown into an entity known throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia as a credible think-tank and resource for those committed to evolving their workplaces into places where diversity is embraced and inclusiveness is created.
Emily is a proud resident of Virginia Beach and has been married to her Navy (retired) husband, her high school sweetheart – for 36 years. Together they have three daughters and six grand-children.