Our Virginia Beach Forum provides members of our community the opportunity to come together to enjoy learning something new or the backstory of newsmakers and thought leaders. We encourage all ages to join the discussion in our Q & A following presentations.
The president and members of the board of directors welcome your suggestions for future speakers. Our non-profit organization is all-volunteer, supported by corporate sponsors and subscribers.
Welcome to The Virginia Beach Forum
Proudly celebrating our 25th year bringing speakers and events to our city of Virginia Beach, we welcome you to the Virginia Beach Forum. Over the years, we have brought terrific speakers and personalities to our community, among them Helen Thomas, Nina Totenberg, Bob Woodward, Ben Carson, Ed Koch, Mario Cuomo, and Alan Dershowitz. We pledge another year of speakers and events that hopefully will entertain and enlighten you once again. Our full slate for this season is on the website and purchasing tickets online has never been easier.
In addition to a speaker, we feel the importance, now more than ever, to provide a venue where friends, neighbors, and community members can gather, socialize, and celebrate what makes this city great – YOU! We can plan a great event, but when you attend and enjoy the camaraderie with your neighbors, it makes it special. We hope you will plan to attend. Come join us, bring your friends, and make our events special.
As a volunteer and non-profit organization, we wish to thank all the supporters helping us provide your entertainment. We are grateful to the individuals and corporate sponsors who help us bring these events to you. Please note who they are on our website. To our supporters, please accept our continued thanks.
And a special thanks to MOCA, home for our programs this season, for providing an outstanding venue with a beautiful social hall and auditorium and plenty of parking.
Come join us for an interesting and delightful evening and bring friends to enjoy and celebrate our great community.
Jayna Eller and John Pharr
First Vice President
Michele Dallman, Esq.
Megan Burns, Esq.
Immediate Past President
Bryan Plumlee, Esq.
Kathy Katsias, Founder
Philip Russo, Esq.
Philip C. Sherrill
Dorothy L. Wood
Shirley Barondess, Founder
Kathy Katsias, Founder
Glen Huff, Esq.
Vincent Oliveri, Esq.
Martin Silfen, Esq.
Russ Dunnington, MD
Samuel Kroll, Esq.
Kathryn Byler, Esq.
Bryan Plumlee, Esq.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the evening with the Forum proceed?
Prior to the speaker taking the stage a brief period is allotted for the current President of the Forum to welcome the audience, recognize volunteers on the Forum board and local dignitaries. Either the President or a local Celebrity will then introduce the Speaker.
At the beginning, the speaker will engage the audience from the podium, initially speaking for about 45 minutes. Each speaker has their own style, but all are known for engaging the audience and tweaking their delivery to the locale and current events. After the initial talk, there are about 30 minutes allotted for the speaker to take questions from the audience. Volunteers from the Va Beach Forum Board of Directors man microphones and get in as many questions as possible in the time allowed.
Post Speaking Event Wrap Up:
At the end of the Q & A session, the President of the Forum will thank the audience for attending, advise about upcoming events, and recognize the speaker.
Most speakers have published at least one book on their life or area of expertise. After the speaking event has concluded, the speaker will appear at a designated table to personally autograph books that are presented for sale.
Sponsors of the Forum and their guests are invited to a reception with the speaker is held privately prior to the speaker taking the stage. The reception includes food and drink and you can socialize, meet new friends and, of course, meet and speak with the speaker. Please contact a Virginia Beach Forum Board Member to become a Sponsor.
Subscribing, what does this mean?
Sponsoring, what does this mean?
Please support our Sponsors that make our programs possible:
- The Dragas Companies
- Inman & Stricker, PLC
- The Law Firm of Poole Brooke Plumlee
- Mahoney Richmond, PLC
- Troutman Pepper
- Virginia Commonwealth Bank
- Watermans Surfside Grille
Bella Monte Restaurant & Enoteca
Dixon Hughes Goodman
Wayne Jones Flowers