Published February 25, 2021

In the lead-up to the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, we appreciate the support of our major sponsors, including Dominion Energy. Each year, our sponsors’ support helps us to continue to improve the Festival in a multitude of ways, from increasing the diversity of our speakers, to making programs more accessible for all. 

In this Sponsor Spotlight, we invite you to get to know James R. Chapman, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Dominion Energy:

What is a book you’d recommend and why? 

Can I recommend a book that I’m still reading? If so, I would recommend Barack Obama’s A Promised Land. A period of almost a half-decade since he left the White House provides what I view as just enough distance for Obama’s observations and reflections on his life and career to seem measured and balanced. It’s certainly not a short book—and it’s only the first volume—but so far, it seems very well written, engaging, and highly topical given the continuation today of political and societal themes Obama struggled with during his presidency. 

Have you found creative ways to incorporate reading within your professional organization? 

That is a great idea! As Chief Financial Officer of a large public company, I find that my team and I spend most of our time reading spreadsheets and financial reports, so finding more meaningful ways to incorporate reading within my organization would be great—I look forward to hearing how others have incorporated a passion for reading into their daily work.

Why do you invest in the Virginia Festival of the Book?

Dominion Energy has proudly supported the Virginia Festival of the Book since 1995, and we believe strong communities have a strong sense of culture. Books serve many purposes—they spark imagination, bring history to life, bind together communities, and—crucially—enrich our shared cultural experience. Connection and the exchange of ideas are more important now than ever. The Festival provides a platform for just that and does a fantastic job at incorporating “something for everyone”—from promoting literacy, to poetry, novels, non-fiction and by providing a venue to learn about book illustration and even publishing!

Besides the Festival, what is another cultural organization that you support and why?

On a personal note, my wife and I proudly support National Public Radio. In a way, NPR is like the Festival of the Book—a rich blend of topics, with something for everyone—but instead of a festival format, it’s delivered daily—and most importantly, during my commute!

As a company, Dominion Energy supports cultural endeavors across our footprint—whether by supporting the Elegba Folklore Society in its annual Down Home Family Reunion, which celebrates African American folklife, or recognizing the crucial role of the arts in a well-rounded education through Dominion Energy’s ArtStars Awards, which provide funding for organizations in Virginia that combine arts and education in their community.

What else would you like Festival attendees to know about you and/or your company/organization?

Last year Dominion Energy and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation contributed more than $58 million to community causes, from heating assistance to education and the environment. We’re also transforming the way we do business to build a more sustainable future for our planet, our customers, our team and our industry. We are committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and are investing in renewable energy sources, such as the development of the largest offshore wind farm in the United States.

To learn more about how you can support the Festival, visit VaBook.org/Give.

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