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Angela Blackwell Carter

Executive Director, LEAD Hampton Roads Vice-President, Leadership Development, Hampton Roads Chamber
Desk: (757) 664-2528  |

Angela Blackwell Carter
Vice President, Leadership Programs
Hampton Roads Chamber
(757) 664-2528 /

Angela Blackwell Carter is Vice President for Leadership Programs, Hampton Roads Chamber. For the past 21 years, she has served as the first full-time director of Lead Hampton Roads, growing the region’s oldest and largest leadership network to more than 1,500 graduates. In addition to expanding the core program to serve all 17 communities of greater Hampton Roads, Ms. Carter has initiated and supported the development of innovative programs, including a board partnership initiative which has placed more than 800 trained leaders on regional and community boards, and eXcel, a curriculum designed to retain the region’s high-potential young people. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of LEAD, Ms. Carter facilitates planning and leadership retreats for community organizations. .

Community Involvement: Ms. Carter is a past president of The King's Daughters (founding organization of Children’s Hospital), past Chair of the Virginia Ballet Theatre and founding hair of the Norfolk Drug Court Foundation Board. She has served on the Norfolk Education Foundation Board, and chaired events such as the CHKD Run for the Children and Holly Festival of Trees. Other community leadership roles include service on the board of the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library, as treasurer of the Hampton Roads Literacy Partnership, and as vice chair of the Generic Theatre. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, and a member of the Association of Leadership Professionals.

Recognition: Ms. Carter is a recipient of the Preceptor Award, the national Association of Leadership Programs’ highest recognition of achievement for professionals in leadership development, the 2006 Women In Business Achievement Award from Inside Business and the 2014 Unity Award from the Garden of Hope Foundation in recognition of excellence in professional leadership development and for establishing LEAD Hampton Roads as a model of cross jurisdictional collaboration and diversity. She is an honorary member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Order of Omega in recognition of her service to these organizations. In 2018 she was named to the INSIDE Business POWER LIST.

Career: Prior to joining the Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Carter pursued a career in higher education administration, serving as special assistant to the Provost of William and Mary and later as Assistant Dean of Students at Old Dominion University. She also served as Director of Education for the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Norfolk. Her first career experience was as an event planner for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Education: Ms. Carter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the College of William and Mary. She is a 2007 graduate of LEAD Virginia and served on the inaugural curriculum development task force for the Hampton Roads region.


Alexis Epps

Program Coordinator, LEAD Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Chamber
Desk: (757) 664-2529  |


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