Richmond, VA (March 13, 2015) – A White House official will visit Richmond on March 18 to deliver the keynote address at a lunch and executive briefing on the importance of business support of drug prevention programs for youth.

12 March 2015 | News

David K. Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), headlines the special session on corporate social responsibility for local business leaders hosted by Spurrier Media Group (SMG) and the Mentor Foundation USA on Wednesday, March 18 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at SMG’s headquarters at 101 S. 15th St., Suite 106 in Richmond.Following opening remarks by Donna Spurrier, President of Spurrier Media Group, Deputy Director Mineta will discuss drug prevention strategies underway at the ONDCP and how businesses stand to benefit when they develop and support drug prevention programs to help young people become productive members of the future workforce.

Mineta was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on June 22, 2010 to assume his current post with the ONDCP. In this capacity, he oversees ONDCP’s Office of Demand Reduction, which focuses on promoting drug prevention and drug treatment programs, as well as the agency’s newly-created focus on programs for individuals in recovery from addiction.

After Mineta’s presentation, Gunilla Girardo, CEO & President of Mentor Foundation USA, will share information on the organization’s collaboration with the business community to assist young adults in identifying their career goals and making healthy life choices.

Julie Whipple, Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Qlik Technologies, will conclude the program with a corporate testimonial of Mentor Foundation USA’s Authentic Career Experiences Program.

“It is such an honor to have Deputy Director Mineta as the featured speaker of this session on corporate social responsibility,” said Donna Spurrier. “We are very proud to partner with Mentor Foundation USA on an exciting initiative that brings business leaders and influencers together to raise awareness and support for effective drug prevention and positive youth development. Everyone in attendance is passionately committed to improving the lives of all people in the Richmond region, including young adults.”

For information about attending this meeting, contact Aleece Hurt, [email protected].

About Spurrier Media Group

Spurrier Media Group (SMG) is one of the largest independent strategic media agencies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with an office in Metro DC, SMG collaborates with global, national and regional clients to research, create and launch customized media campaigns that capture audiences and achieve exceptional results. SMG is skilled at developing a strategic business approach to its clients’ marketing needs and then formulating recommendations on what to communicate, where to communicate and how to communicate with target audiences in order to garner maximum visibility, awareness, consideration and response. Managing multi-million dollar campaigns from its headquarters in Richmond, Va., Spurrier Media Group has extensive experience planning and buying all forms of online and offline media – including television, cable, radio, newsprint, magazine, business-to-business publications, social media, outdoor, cinema, environmentally-targeted media, digital and mobile. For more information, visit www.spurriermediagroup.com.

About Mentor Foundation USA
Mentor Foundation USA’s mission is to prevent drug abuse among youth while helping them identify and pursue their goals. As a prevention organization Mentor Foundation USA is working to reduce the risk factors that lead to drug and alcohol abuse including poor academic performance, low self esteem, high school drop out, lack of goals, along with risky behavior. Mentor Foundation USA, headquartered in Washington D.C., is an affiliate of Mentor International, founded in 1994 by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and the World Health Organization. Mentor is represented in USA, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, UK, Colombia, and has regional offices in Lebanon serving 22 Arab countries. Mentor International together with the other Mentor organizations around the world have implemented projects in over 80 countries, and impacted more than 6 million children thus far.