Investing In Our Community

Lynchburg Beacon of Hope proudly presents HOPEx, our third annual live speaker evening of storytelling and inspiration. This year, our narratives explore 'The Exponential Power of Connection'. Our storytellers, young and seasoned alike, will share how connections redefine our sense of purpose, impact us in profound ways, and create inspiration for positive change.

March 22, 2024 | Historic Academy Theatre

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About HOPEx

HOPEx is an annual live speaker event held in historic Lynchburg Virginia, designed to inspire new approaches to bridging the poverty gap through increasing access to post-secondary education. Each presenter will provide their unique perspective on transformation and how education acts as a catalyst for change.

Through HOPEx, we hope to celebrate LBoH’s progress in locally advancing equality, expose current barriers to achievement, and foster hope for innovative solutions to equity and access gaps for underserved families.

Guests will leave informed, challenged, and motivated to affect change in our community. Potential speakers include nationally recognized authors, coaches, politicians as well as local community activists, current students, and Beacon Graduates.

HOPEx 2024 Speaker Slate

We are honored to celebrate our 3rd annual evening of storytelling event on March 22, 2024 at the Historic Academy Theatre. The evening will include 3 mainstage speakers and 4 Lynchburg City School alumni, as well as emcee Kathleen Davis and the musical stylings of Flat Five Jazz.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Thank you to the incredible sponsors who make this event possible: Centra Health, Bank of the James, Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Innovative Wireless Technologies, Flowserve, Select Bank, Framatome, Foster Fuels, and UKG. Thank you to the Lynchburg community for their generous support of Lynchburg Beacon of Hope and HOPEx.

HOPEx 2023 Photo Gallery

HOPEx 2023 Video