Year-Long Program for Early-Career STEM Professionals

ChangeMakerZ is powered by the Verge Alliance and the City of Roanoke. The first cohort runs from May 2024-May 2025. Want to know more? Email


Four tracks for professional development

ChangeMakerZ is packed with events and activities to help you make the most of your cohort. With four tracks, you can create a custom experience as you progress through the program. 

  • PlacemakerZ: Experience the region’s food, culture, and outdoor activities.
  • UpskillerZ: Build cutting-edge technical skills and practical business knowledge.
  • ConnectorZ: Expand your professional network and build meaningful connections.
  • LeaderZ: Enhance communication, critical thinking, and workplace competencies.
Explore ChangeMakerZ Events

360 Assessment Coaching Sessions


In this session, Leadership Coach Katie Beach will discuss the results of your abbreviated 360 review and you will set a goal for professional development through this experience.   *Schedule […]

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Panel

Roanoke Higher Education Center 108 N Jefferson St, Roanoke, VA, United States

Hear from industry leaders about their journey to find belonging in our region and ways you can find your people and create more welcoming spaces for all to come together. […]

Virtual Lunch & Learn: Critical Thinking


One of the most sought after professional skills isn’t the ability to do, but the ability to THINK. We will learn tips, tools and tactics to identify problems, ways to […]

OnBoard ROA Graduation Celebration

Golden Cactus 214 5th Street Southwest, Roanoke, VA, United States

Bring your boss or colleague and celebrate yourself! You have had quite the journey of self discovery over the past 10 weeks and that is worth celebrating!