Summit Intro 2022 WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATION SUMMIT Pathways to the Future Strategies to Grow Your Own Tuesday, October 18 9AM - 2PM Embassy Suites Charleston Early Bird DON'T MISS OUT Early Bird Special Ends September 30th Buy Tickets Now

Please join business, education, and community colleagues for this year’s West Virginia Education Summit. “Pathways to the Future—Strategies to Grow Your Own” will be an in-person gathering on Tuesday, October 18th from 9am-2pm at Embassy Suites in Charleston. Our interactive programming will explore the latest research, innovative practices, and emerging policy to support a "Grow Your Own" approach to the mountain state's talent pipeline.

Early bird pricing is $40 (now through September 30th). Scholarships are available for educators. Contact Beth Bowden at beth@educationalliance.org for more information.

Registration is now open. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, October 18.

Our Keynote Speaker

David Donaldson - Managing Partner at the National Center for Grow Your Own, Harvard University

David Donaldson is the Managing Partner of the National Center for Grow Your Own, a non-profit which supports states, school districts and educator preparation providers to launch or expand Grow Your Own programs and registered apprenticeships in teaching.

David was the lead author on the approved application by the U.S. Department of Labor to federally recognize the “K-12 teacher” occupation as eligible for registered apprenticeship. His work has been recognized by The White House, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.

Previously, David served as the Chief of Human Capital at the Tennessee Department of Education. In that role, he launched several statewide programs including: Grow Your Own, Aspiring Assistant Principal Network and a free additional endorsement program in special education and English as a second language for over 5,000 educators.

David has been a teacher in Baltimore, principal in Detroit and administrator in New York City.

Our Industry Panelists

The 2022 West Virginia Education Summit will feature a moderated panel discussion with leaders in education and business.

Dr. Sara Lewis Stankus

Deputy State Superintendent of Schools in WV

Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus has served the state of West Virginia with over 32 years of experience in education. She proudly served as Superintendent of Upshur County Schools for five years, and prior to that, served as a teacher, special education teacher, counselor, and principal.
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David Rosier

President of Toyota Manufacturing WV

With more than 19 years of experience at Toyota, David has held several leadership positions including administration, quality, production control, logistics, manufacturing, accounting and finance, and HR. David's combined experience in manufacturing and leadership gives him a valuable perspective for our industry panel.
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Abby Reale

Director of Advocacy at Mountain Health Network

Abby's impressive history in leadership, public policy, and healthcare has led her to be the Director of Advocacy for Mountain Health Network. In this position, she works directly with the CEO and senior leadership, and leads MHN’s policies and objectives for government and local community relations, as well as monitors federal, state and local legislation that could impact hospital operations.
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Aaron Walker

President of Appalachian Power

As VP of Distribution Operations for Appalachian Power, Aaron oversees the activities of more than 2,300 employees and is responsible for Appalachian Power's electric distribution systems, which serves 1 million customers. Aaron's 17 year history with Appalachian Power proves his experienced perspective in both manufacturing and leadership.

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Industry Panel will be Moderated by

Michael Graney

Executive Director of the West Virginia Dept. of Economic Development

Mr. Graney has spent much of his professional career in executive or co-founder positions with companies related to the petroleum industry. In those roles, he was responsible for managing different facets of business, including acquisition, retail operations and environmental compliance. He was appointed to his position as Executive Director of WV Economic Development in 2018.

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