Schedule

  • Day One
    Monday, November 16:
    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
    • U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
    10:15 a.m.
    State Update
    • Mike Graney, Executive Director, WV Development Office
    • Ed Gaunch, Secretary, WV Department of Commerce
    10:30 a.m.
    Small Business Outlook
    • Kim Donahue, Branch Manager, Charleston Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
    11:15 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.
    Ten Points to Ponder … “Is Rural America Ready for the Recovery Phase”
    • Lorie Vincent, Founder & President, Acceleration By Design LLC
    1 p.m.
    Workforce Development Solutions
    • Scott Adkins, Acting Commissioner, WorkForce WV
    • Rev. Matthew Watts, Senior Pastor, Grace Bible Church & Executive Director, HOPE CDC
    • Dave Lavender, Apprenticeship Program Coordinator, West Virginia Development Office
    • Charlotte Weber, CEO, RCBI and VP for Federal Programs, Marshall University
    • Moderator: Brandon Dennison, Founder and CEO, Coalfield Development
    2:30 p.m.
    Social Enterprise in West Virginia
    • Ursulette Huntley, Executive Director, Unlimited Future
    • Moderator: Dr. Kelli Johnson, Associate University Librarian and Head of Access Services and Outreach, Marshall University Libraries and Online Learning
    • Dr. Crystal Cook Marshall, Co-founder, EDGE
    • Chris Yeager, Owner, Appalachian Cannabis (invited)
  • Day Two
    Tuesday, November 17:
    Our Health
    9 a.m.
    Opening Session
    • Dr. James W. Nemitz, President, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
    9:15 a.m.
    COVID-19 Update
    • Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia’s Coronavirus Czar and Vice President & Executive Dean for Health Sciences, WVU (invited)
    10:00 a.m.
    Health Policy for 50+
    • Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President, Public Policy Institute (PPI)
    • Elaine Ryan, Vice President, State Advocacy & Strategy Integration (SASI)
    10:30 a.m.
    Stigma and Social Determinants of Health
    • Dr. John F. Kelly, ABPP, Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    11:15 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.
    Dimensions of Recovery: Keys for Creating Recovery Friendly Communities
    • Terri Baker, Grants Project Manager, Center for Rural and Community Health, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
    • Emily Birckhead, Executive Director, WV Alliance of Recovery Residences
    • Dr. Jeremy Hustead, Assistant Professor and Medical Director, Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Unit, WVU Medicine’s Department of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry
    • Debra Davis, Executive Director, One Voice
    • Ashley Shaw, Director, Creating Opportunities for Recovery Employment (CORE), Marshall Health
    1 p.m.
    Prevention, Addiction, Recovery and Reentry Expert Panel
    • William Thompson, Judge, Twenty-Fifth Judicial Circuit
    • Moderator: Susie Mullens, Coordinator, West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network
    • Lata Menon, CEO, First Choice Services, Inc.
    • Beverly Sharp, Director of Reentry Initiatives, West Virginia Council of Churches
    • Gregory Puckett, Executive Director, Community Connections, Inc.
    2:30 p.m.
    Strengthening West Virginia’s Behavioral Health Workforce for the Future
    • Moderator: Terri Baker, Grants Project Manager, Center for Rural and Community Health, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
    • Rebecca Roth, Director, Office of Policy, Planning, & Research, West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health
    • Carolyn Canini, Director of Behavioral Health Programs, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
  • Day Three
    Wednesday, November 18:
    Our Education
    9 a.m.
    Opening Session
    • Dr. Jerry Gilbert, President, Marshall University
    9:15 a.m.
    Higher Education Presidents
    • Dr. Nicole Pride, President, West Virginia State University
    • Dr. Kendra Boggess, President, Concord University
    • Dr. Jerry Gilbert, President, Marshall University
    • Dr. James W. Nemitz, President, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Dr. Bonny Copenhaver, President, New River Community and Technical College
    • Moderator: Bill Bissett, President & CEO, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce
    • Carolyn Long, President of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology
    • Dr. Pamela L. Alderman, President, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
    10:30 a.m.
    Power of Leadership
  • Chris Fussell, Managing Partner, McChrystal Group and a New York Times bestselling author
  • 11:15 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.
    Building Broadband
    • Rob Hinton, Former Chairman, West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council
    • Natalie Roper, Executive Director, Generation West Virginia
    • Kris Warner, State Director, USDA Rural Development in West Virginia
    • Moderator: Charlie Dennie, Director, Office of Broadband, West Virginia Department of Commerce
    • Brad Hall, Vice President External Affairs, Appalachian Power Company
    1 p.m.
    Diversity & Inclusion
    • Scott Pitt, Educational Outreach Counselor and Director of Safe Zone, Bluefield State College
    • Jamecia James, Director, Black Lives Matter Huntington
    • Moderator: Dr. Michelle Taylor, Associate Professor, Bluefield State College
    • Dr. Kelli Johnson, Associate University Librarian and Head of Access Services and Outreach, Marshall University Libraries and Online Learning
    • Dennis Davis, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance
    • Aaron Preece, AccessWorld Technology and Information Specialist, American Foundation for the Blind
    2:30 p.m.
    How Public Education and Higher Education are Working Together
    • Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, Chancellor, WV HEPC and CTCS
    • Moderator: Donna Peduto, Executive Director, WV Public Education Collaborative
    • Clayton Burch, State Superintendent, WV Department of Education
  • Day Four
    Thursday, November 19:
    Our Communities
    9 a.m.
    Opening Session
  • Kendra Boggess, President, Concord University
  • 9:10 a.m
    Update from Tourism
    • Chelsea Ruby, Commissioner, WV Office of Tourism
    9:30 a.m.
    Update from the USDA
    • Kris Warner, State Director, USDA Rural Development in West Virginia
    9:50 a.m.
    Quality Water for all West Virginians
    • Brooks Crislip, Director of Business Development, West Virginia American Water
    10:10 a.m.
    In the Spirit of Community, In the Spirit of West Virginia
    • Andrew Dawson, Market President, United Bank
    10:30 a.m.
    POWER of Performance Awards Ceremony
    • Presented by: Kathy Cosco, Communications Specialist, RCBI and Brittany Bruce, Projects Coordinator, MURC & Logistics Coordinator, The Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern WV
      • Putting People to Work
      • Revitalizing Communities
      • Changing Lives
    11:15 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.
    Natural Elements Enhancing Outdoor Recreation and Business Opportunities
    • Lisa Strader, Executive Director, Visit Southern WV
    • Jeff Lusk, Executive Director, Hatfield-McCoy Trails
    • Diane Barnette, Business Leader, Appalachian Outpost, Fountain Place Cinema 8, Gatti's Pizza of Logan
    • Moderator: Carol Howerton, Senior Strategic Advisor for Workforce Development, RCBI
    • Amanda Ramey, Assistant City Manager, City of Hurricane
    1 p.m.
    The Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Level
    • Moderator: Paul Daugherty, President & CEO, Philanthropy West Virginia
    • Mayor Robert Rappold, City of Beckley
    • Mayor Beverly White, City of Lewisburg
    • Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin, City of Charleston
    • Janell Ray, CEO, Pallottine Foundation of Huntington and Executive Director, Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon
    • Anne Bowling Tuckwiller, Executive Director, Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation
    2:30 p.m.
    WV Women Moving Forward
    • Moderator: Rocky Goodwin, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic and Public Strategy, West Virginia University
    • Priscila Santos, Research Scholar, WV Forward
    • Mac Warner, West Virginia Secretary of State
    • Dr. Kari Beth Law, Assistant Professor/Psychiatry Section Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director Telepsychiatry and Forensic Psychiatrist, WVU
    • Sammi Brown, Member, WV House of Delegates
  • Day Five
    Friday, November 20:
    #WVSolutions Seekers Student Leadership Conference – for juniors, seniors and college and training students
    9 a.m.
    Opening Remarks
    • Joey Wisemen, Director, Office of Middle and Secondary Learning, Division of Teaching and Learning, West Virginia Department of Education
    • Elizabeth Manuel, Senior Director, The Division of Student Affairs, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
    9:10 a.m.
    Ice Breaker Exercise
    • Dr. Michelle Taylor, Associate Professor, Bluefield State College
    9:40 a.m.
    The Importance of Service and Giving Back to our Communities & Student Awards
    • Allison McGee, Corporate Affairs Manager, Kroger Co.
    10 a.m.
    Introduction of Keynote Speaker
    • Dr. Jerry Gilbert, President, Marshall University
    10:05 a.m.
    Keynote Address - Brad D. Smith
    • Brad D. Smith, Executive Chairman & former President and CEO, Intuit
    11:30 a.m.
    Design for Delight: An innovation and problem-solving workshop
    • Nico Valencia, Career Readiness Leader, Intuit
    • Karla Readshaw, Education Partner Manager, Intuit
    • Tricia Ball, Associate Director, iCenter and Interim Associate Director, Brad D. Smith Business Incubator
    • Ben Eng, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Marshall University, Lewis College of Business
    1 p.m.
    The Place Where We Belong: A student leaders & WV professionals panel
    • Moderator: Tiffany Ellis-Williams, Director, WVSU Economic Development Center
    • Nicole Coburn, Owner, Blue Spoon Café
    • Lynne Fruth, President and Chairman, Fruth Pharmacy
    • Brittany Bruce, Graduate Student, Marshall University
    • Karen Williams, Retired, Educator/Activist
    • Jeremey Turner Founder and Managing Director, EPIC Mission
    2:30 p.m.
    Juggling it All: Caring for yourself and your community
    • Moderator: Terri Baker, Grants Project Manager, Center for Rural and Community Health, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Kelli Crabtree, Director of Personal and Academic Development, Coalfield Development
    • Annette Johnson, Peer Recovery Support Specialist, BridgeValley Community and Technical College, West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network
    3:15 p.m.
    Closing Remarks, Giveaways
    • Sara Payne Scarbro, Operations Council Chair, Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern WV
    • Brittany Bruce, Projects Coordinator, MURC & Logistics Coordinator, The Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern WV