Faces of Experience: Taryn Louma

Did you know that members of the Experience committee are volunteers with careers outside of event planning?

Taryn Luoma is a Roanoke native who moved away at a young age and recently moved back to the region after taking a job at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. She is excited to see more young professionals come here for work. When she is not working, she enjoys indoor rock climbing at The River Rock Climbing gym, petting any dog that crosses her path, reading, and trying to spruce up her own little fixer-upper.

Experience 2019 is June 6-7 at the Taubman Museum. (What are you waiting for? Registration is open.) Make sure to say “hello” to Taryn there.

Here are four questions with committee member Taryn Luoma:

What’s your favorite thing about Experience so far?

The people! Experience is a great way to connect and build community with other young professionals in the region.

What’s the most played song in your playlist?

It changes based on my mood and the time of year, but I’ve played Ben Howard’s “Old Pine” more times than I can count.

What super power would you like to have?

I think teleportation would be an excellent superpower, especially if you could teleport other people, too. It would make my travel goals so much more achievable!

Where’s your favorite place to play in the region?

When the weather is nice, I love to kayak on the James River – it is a beautiful ride.


Experience, a Roanoke Regional Partnership signature talent event, partners with regional businesses to focus on talent attraction, retention, and professional development. The conference and year-round events build upon the region’s livability narrative and bring together young professionals and leaders to strengthen the Roanoke Region business community.