Young Leader Spotlight: Barry Dai | United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
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Young Leader Spotlight: Barry Dai

Barry Dai, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, takes your questions and shares why he chooses to LIVE UNITED with the United Way Young Leaders Society.

What made you want to become involved with United Way and, more specifically, YLS? How long have you been a member? I made a goal to break out of stale social and business circles in 2015. As a result, I joined two young professional groups (YLS being one) and volunteered with two non-profits. YLS stood out because everything they do ties directly with the local community and making an impact. I mean, there is a CIO position in United Way that stands for Chief Impact Officer, how cool is that?


Fill in the blank: “If you really knew me, you’d know ____.”I’m a bit quirky and prefer to be different whenever I can. If it’s uncommon or not popular, color me intrigued!


When are you the happiest? Outdoors, food and people. Any combination or one of the three by itself and I’m in nirvana. Now that I think about it, a bicycle food tour around a city sounds like the perfect escape from the mundane.


What qualities, talents, or skills do you look forward to contributing to YLS? I enjoy learning about people’s stories, how they got to where they are today and hope to use that to connect to local communities 


Have you attended a conference/workshop/symposium/etc. that left a lasting impression? What about the experience has stayed with you?

Yes, it’s the personal stories that stay with me every time. Everyone has challenges, but it’s when people overcome them and share their story that I draw inspiration and strength from days and weeks after the conference.

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