One of the leaders sitting in the audience that day was Joe Watson. After the speech, Watson told Warner, "You're wrong. They're out there." And to prove the point, he set up a meeting between Warner, some members of Watson's network of talented minority business executives, and a group of VCs. Warner was impressed - so impressed that, after he won the election, he made Watson a part of his transition team. Working pro bono, Watson orchestrated an extensive talent search that turned up women, blacks, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans, among others, to fill the Warner administration, particularly at the highest levels. The result: In 7 of Virginia's 10 cabinet departments, either the cabinet secretary or the deputy secretary is a minority. "It's significantly more diverse than it was before," says Warner. "I think it reflects the changing face of Virginia."