Goodwill’s Board of Directors and guests celebrated President and CEO Charles Layman with a reception and portrait unveiling on Oct. 17 at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, in recognition of his 36 years of leadership. Layman has led Goodwill since October 1983 to fulfill its mission of changing lives…helping people help themselves through the power of work.

Hosted by Board Chair Maria Rasmussen, several speakers at the event, including CEOs of other Goodwill organizations, spoke highly of Layman’s servant leadership, humility and astuteness to build a complex and thriving organization. Board member Chris Rouzie also presented Layman with a proclamation signed by Gov. Ralph Northam.

During the event, Goodwill unveiled a portrait of Layman by Richmond artist Noah Scalin, whose work celebrates the use of everyday items. Goodwill collected more than 500 neckties to create Layman’s portrait, and Scalin photographed the temporary installation before returning the ties to Goodwill’s donation cycle.

Noah Scalin, artist, posing with ties donated for portrait

Members of the community are invited to wish Layman farewell, view the portrait and meet the artist on Nov. 1 at 1:00 p.m. at a dedication at Goodwill’s Richmond Support Center, and to a celebration on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Hampton Support Center

Ties and other gently used items sold in Goodwill’s retail stores help to fund services and programs for job seekers who face challenges to work. Goodwill has served more than 250,000 individuals in the last 25 years, giving people the skills and support needed to secure and maintain sustainable employment with a wide variety of employers.

During his tenure as CEO, Layman demonstrated that collaborations and partnerships are an effective way to empower individuals, strengthen families and build prosperous communities. According to the proclamation, Layman has championed people in need of first chances, second chances, opportunities, guidance, education, and those who simply need others to believe in them.

Learn more about Goodwill’s mission and impact, see our annual report. To learn about Charles’ successor, Mark Barth, click here.