Schedule

  • Day One
    Monday, November 15:
    Our Economy
    9 a.m.
    Opening Session
    • Stephanie Tyree, Executive Director, West Virginia Community Development Hub
    • Sara Payne Scarbro, Operations Council Chair, Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern WV
    • Brandon Dennison, Founder & CEO, Coalfield Development
    9:15 a.m.
    Congressional Update
    • U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, represented by Bill Bissett, Senior Advisor for Economic Development & State Initiatives
    • U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
    9:50 a.m.
    State Update
    • Mitch Carmicheal, Secretary, WV Department of Economic Development
    • Chelsea Ruby, Secretary, West Virginia Department of Tourism
    10:30 a.m.
    West Virginia: Writing our Next Chapter Together
    • Mike Graney, Executive Director of the WV Department of Economic Development
    • Brad D. Smith, Fortune 500 board director, former CEO, leadership coach and philanthropist
    11:10 a.m.
    Test your Luck: Game Show Giveaway
    Join us for some fun! We will be giving out $250 worth of gift cards.
    11:30 a.m.
    #WVSolutions for our WV Workforce
    • Scott Adkins, Commissioner, Workforce WV
    • Brandon Dennison, Founder & CEO, Coalfield Development
    • Alex Weld, Executive Director, Generation West Virginia
    • Sarah Riley, Co-Founder, High Rocks
    1 p.m.
    Taking WV to the World, Exporting and E-Commerce
    • Derek Scarbro, Deputy Director/Director of Business Development
    • Leslie Drake, WV Director for the U.S. Commercial Service
    • Caitlin Ashley-Lizarraga, Manager, International Trade for the WV Department of Economic Development
    • David Wertz, CEO and Co-Owner of Infinity Marketing Solutions
    2:30 p.m.
    Building Broadband for the Future of WV
    • Moderator: Angela Vance, Associate State Director for Advocacy, AARP West Virginia
    • Delegate Daniel Linville (R-Cabell)
    • Kelly Workman, Director, WV Broadband Office
    • Coralette Hannon, Senior Legislative Representative, AARP
    • Chris Morris, Senior VP, Business Development & External Affairs
  • Day Two
    Tuesday, November 16:
    Our Health
    9 a.m.
    Opening Session
    • Dr. James W. Nemitz, President, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Dr. Drema Hill, VP for Community Engagement, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
    9:20 a.m.
    COVID-19 Update
    • Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia’s Coronavirus Czar and Vice President & Executive Dean for Health Sciences, WVU
    9:50 a.m.
    State Update
    • WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
    10:15 a.m.
    Importance of Behavioral Health
    • Dr. Mary Roary, Director, SAMHSA, Office of Behavioral Health and Equity
    11:10 a.m.
    Test your Luck: Game Show Giveaway
    Join us for some fun! We will be giving out $250 worth of gift cards.
    11:30 a.m.
    Importance of Health Equity
    • Moderator: Amy Saunders, Managing Director, Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery
    • Dr. Anthony Woart, Founder and Director, Minority Health Institute
    • Julian Levine, Director, Greenbrier County Health Alliance
    • Sharon Lansdale, President/CEO Center for Rural Health Development, Inc.
    • Jill Upson, Executive Director, Herbert Hoover Office of Minority Affairs
    1 p.m.
    Healthy Lifestyles: Successful Projects in the Mountain State
    • Moderator: Terri Baker, Grants Manager, Center for Rural and Community Health, West Virginia Osteopathic School of Medicine
    • Katie Johnson, Fayette Prevention Coalition
    • Melanie Seiler, Executive Director, Active Southern West Virginia
    • Jenny Hudson, Development Director at Williamson Health & Wellness Center, Inc.
    • Dr. Bob Foster, Associate Dean for Osteopathic Medical Education, Osteopathic Principles and Practices Department, WVSOM
    2:30 p.m.
    Building a Stronger Recovery Workforce
    • Moderator: Susie Mullens, Program Coordinator, West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network
    • Ashley Shaw, Director, Marshall Health CORE Program
    • Christina Mullins, Commissioner, WV DHHR, Bureau for Behavioral Health
    • Jenna Henkle, Education Specialist, WVSOM
    • Deb Harris, Lead Transition Agent, Jobs & Hope WV
    • Crystal Thompson Lively, Coordinator with the WV Schools of Diversion & Transition with the West Virginia Department of Education
  • Day Three
    Wednesday, November 17:
    Our Education
    9 a.m.
    Opening Session
    • Sara Payne Scarbro, Operations Council Chair, Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern WV
    • Dr. John Maher, VP of Research, Marshall University
    • Dr. Jerry Gilbert, President, Marshall University and Chair, the Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern WV
    9:20 a.m.
    Higher Education Presidents
    • Moderator: Bill Bissett, Senior Advisor for Economic Development & State Initiatives
    • Dr. Bonny Copenhaver, President, New River Community and Technical College
    • Dr. Kendra Boggess, President, Concord University
    • Dr. James W. Nemitz, President, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Carolyn Long, President of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology
    • Dr. Pamela Alderman, President, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
    • Casey K. Sacks, Acting President, BridgeValley Community and Technical College
    • Dr. Josh Baker, President, Mountwest Community and Technical College
    • Dr. Martin S. Roth, President, University of Charleston
    • Ericke S. Cage, Interim President, West Virginia State University
    10:20 a.m.
    Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
    • Janelle Coleman, V.P. of Community Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, AEP
    11:10 a.m.
    Test your Luck: Game Show Giveaway
    Join us for some fun! We will be giving out $250 worth of gift cards.
    11:30 a.m.
    Public Education and Higher Education Working Together
    • Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, Chancellor, WV HEPC and CTCS
    • Donna Peduto, Executive Director, WV Public Education Collaborative
    • Clayton Burch, State Superintendent, WV Department of Education
    1 p.m.
    Supporting a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Workplace
    • Moderator: Dr. Michelle Taylor, Associate Professor, Bluefield State College, and Dr. Kelli Johnson, Associate University Librarian and Head of Access Services and Outreach, Marshall University Libraries and Online Learning
    • Scott Pitt, BSC Safe Zone Initiatives’ Director and LGBT advocate (Educational Outreach Counselor/BSC’s Academic Success Center)
    • Reverend Matthew Watts, Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Church, Director of HOPE Community Development Corporation, member of the WV Workforce Development Board
    • Sylvia Stinson, AFB Chief Programs Officer, or Stephanie Enyart, Chief of AFB Public Policy and research Institute
    2:30 p.m.
    General Education in Career and Technical Programs: It's Not Junk and Why It Matters
    • Moderator: Wendy Patriquin, Dean for Transfer and Pre-Professional Programs, New River Community and Technical College
    • Christie Alexander, Instructor, Mathematics, New River Community and Technical College
    • Charles Coates, Instructional Specialist, Automotive, New River Community and Technical College
    • Patricia Hoover, Assistant Professor, Computer Science/IT, New River Community and Technical College
    • Brandon Mills, Instructor of Communications, New River Community and Technical College
  • Day Four
    Thursday, November 18:
    Our Communities
    9 a.m.
    Opening Session
    • Dr. Kendra Boggess, President, Concord University
    9:10 a.m
    Investing in Coal Communities
    • Dr. Briggs White, Deputy Executive Director, The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization, US Department of Energy
    9:25 a.m.
    In the Spirit of Community, In the Spirit of West Virginia
    • Andrew Dawson, President, United Bank
    9:40 a.m.
    POWER of Performance Awards Ceremony
    • Presented by: Susie Mullens, Program Coordinator, West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network and Trevor Darago, Communications Specialist, West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network
      • Putting People to Work
      • Revitalizing Communities
      • Changing Lives
    10:15 a.m.
    The Power of Partnerships
    • Gayle Manchin, Federal Co-Chair, Appalachian Regional Commission
    11:10 a.m.
    Test you Luck: Game Show Giveaway
    Join us for some fun! We will be giving out $250 worth of gift cards.
    11:30 a.m.
    The Power of Perspective: Building a Community and Regional Narrative
    • Joshua Ball, Associate Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, SOAR
    1 p.m.
    Transforming Rural: Accelerating Community-Based Philanthropy
    • Moderator: Paul Daugherty, President & CEO, Philanthropy West Virginia