#WVSolutions Seekers Statewide Leadership Conference

The #WVSolutions Seekers Student Leadership Conference is part of the Small Communities, BIG Solutions. We welcome West Virginia high school juniors and seniors, college and training program students statewide to participate. In 2020, over 250 students joined virtually for a jam-packed day of programming. This conference gives students the opportunity to meet state leaders, learn about our state, make lifelong connections and receive tips on how to prioritize and care for yourself and your community. Stayed tuned for updates for our April 2022 #WVSolutions Seekers Student Leadership Conference.

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#WVSolutions Seekers Student Conference
Consider sponsoring a student to attend this year’s #WVSolutions Seekers Student Leadership Conference
$ 17.50

Morning Session:

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, Executive Chairman & former President and CEO, Intuit

Afternoon Sessions:

11:30 a.m. Design for Delight: An innovation and problem-solving workshop

  • 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
  • Kayonjra Guerrant, Student, West Virginia State University
  • Lynne Fruth, President and Chairman, Fruth Pharmacy
  • Karen Williams, Retired, Educator/Activist
  • Nicole Coburn, Owner, Blue Spoon Café
  • Jeremy 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
  • Annette Johnson, Peer Recovery Support Specialist, BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Southern West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network
  • Kelli Crabtree, Director of Personal and Academic Development, Coalfield Development

3:30 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