WV Education Summit: AI and the Future of Work - Partnerships for Student Success

Are you ready to equip West Virginia's students for a future shaped by artificial intelligence? The WV Education Summit presents a transformative event that will delve deep into the intersection of AI and the future of work, focusing on partnerships that create success for students in the Mountain State.

Date: Wednesday, October 11th

Time: 9AM-2PM

Location: The Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center

About the Summit:

In a rapidly evolving world, where AI technologies are transforming industries and reshaping the job landscape, it is crucial to prepare our students for the challenges and opportunities ahead. The WV Education Summit brings together educators, industry experts, policymakers, and students to explore the vital role of AI in shaping career pathways for the next generation.

Why Attend?

Insightful Keynotes

Renowned experts will deliver inspiring keynotes, shedding light on the impact of AI on various industries and how students can harness its potential for their future careers.

Panel Discussions

Engage in thought-provoking discussions with leading professionals, educators, and policymakers, as they share insights on AI-driven career opportunities and the essential skills students need to thrive in the AI-powered workforce.

Networking Opportunities

Connect with peers, educators, and industry leaders, fostering valuable relationships that can open doors to future collaborations and career prospects.

Our Speakers


Matt Sigelman

President, The Burning Glass Institute

Matt Sigelman, President of the Burning Glass Institute, is our esteemed keynote speaker at the WV Education Summit. A true visionary, he has redefined the comprehension of work dynamics through real-time labor market data. With adept use of AI, Matt has deciphered global talent trends, drawing from extensive experience at Emsi Burning Glass and roles at McKinsey & Company. His insights will illuminate the impact of AI on careers, workforce resilience, and societal advancement. Don't miss this indispensable opportunity to join Matt as he guides West Virginia's students towards an AI-empowered future.

Partnership Presentation

Marlon Moran

LYNX Advocate Teacher, Frederick H.S. MD

Mr. Marlon Moran is a LYNX Advocate at Frederick High School in Frederick, Maryland. His role as a LYNX Advocate transcends the traditional role of a teacher in that his focus is on developing, creating, and maintaining strong partnerships with community and business partners. In 2017, Mr. Moran was hired as a LYNX Advocate to help design and develop LYNX experiences and fulfill the unique role of a LYNX Advocate. As a LYNX Advocate, Mr. Moran supports students with their academic goals by facilitating career exploration opportunities, academic tutoring, and discussing educational options for students post graduate careers. Mr. Moran’s experiences and expertise made him the perfect person to take on the role of a LYNX Advocate.


To Be Announced


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Our Industry Panel


Senator Amy Nichole Grady

West Virginia State Senator


Ashok Aggarwal

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, M&S Consulting


Sean Frisbee

President, Vertx Partners


Becky Harless

Vice President, CAMC/Greenbrier Valley Medical Center


Josh Spence

Chief Information Officer, Alpha Technologies

Senator Grady was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 2020 and appointed Chair of Senate Education in the Fall of 2022. In addition to serving in the Senate, she is also a teacher in Mason County. She began her career in education as a Title I Interventionist but has been a 4th grade classroom teacher at Leon Elementary for the past 16 years. She and her husband, Jack, reside in Leon and have enjoyed being married for 20 years (and counting). They have three children: Rhett (16), Eastyn (11), and Chesney (7).


Mr. Ashok Aggarwal is an experienced tech entrepreneur and investor building teams with a positive culture and high expectations. As a co-founder at M&S Consulting, Mr. Aggarwal has helped build a world-class technology and strategy services organization dedicated to client satisfaction. He has overseen the build out of an Emerging Technologies practice at M&S Consulting where AI and ML have been a core capability that have solved practical business problems related to predictive maintenance, performance optimization, and customer churn management. One of M&S Consulting's startups is focused on delivering private generative AI capabilities with adding fine tuning to internal enterprise data. As a co-founder at Intermed Labs, Mr. Aggarwal has helped build an award-winning MedTech Startup Studio that evaluates and brings ideas to market that can have the highest impacts on quality of life. One of the award-winning medtech startups leverages AI to build a custom prosthetic for finger amputations. Mr. Aggarwal has a solid background with traditional enterprise challenges and also market acumen with the latest trends in business, process, and technology, allowing him to effectively advise businesses on the best ways to bring all together.


Retired Air Force Colonel Sean Frisbee founded Vertx Partners in 2021 to solve problems for the U.S. Air Force while bettering the economy of West Virginia. A former President & CEO of the WVU Alumni Association and once the Systems Program Director for the Pentagon’s F-22 Raptor program, Sean brings a veritable wealth of insider knowledge and cooperative know-how to Vertx’s mission to transform WV into a powerhouse for the national defense industry.

Rebecca "Becky" Harless, MBA, is the Vice President of CAMC/Greenbrier Valley Medical Center with over 20 years in healthcare. Instrumental in launching the telemedicine service at CAMC, she saw its transformative potential for patient care. This innovation made healthcare more accessible, enhancing its quality. In 2021, Becky's leadership in telemedicine earned recognition at the Teladoc Forum, underscoring her commitment to utilizing technology for better healthcare. At CAMC/Greenbrier, she's pivotal in ensuring top-tier healthcare for the community. Her visionary leadership, adaptability, and drive mark her as an industry stalwart, inspiring future healthcare professionals.

Joshua D. Spence, CISSP, is a technology leader and champion of digital transformation who leverages his expertise in cybersecurity and technology governance to help businesses and nonprofits foster growth, security and digital proficiency. Josh served as the chief information security officer for the State of West Virginia for four years until his appointment as chief technology officer in 2018, a title the state later changed in 2021 to CIO. As the state’s inaugural CIO, Josh drove pivotal digital transformation projects, bolstered the state’s cyber defense capabilities and forged a resilient blueprint for digital government. After four years as West Virginia’s top technology official, Josh transitioned to the private sector in 2023, joining Alpha Technologies, a managed service provider based in Putnam County, West Virginia, as its chief information officer. As CIO, Josh leads Alpha in the strategic development of technology solutions, risk management and innovation. Josh is a two-time graduate of Marshall University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Science in Technology Management. A West Virginia native, Josh is a cyber operations officer with more than two decades of service in the West Virginia Air National Guard. Josh also gives back to his community in many ways. He is an active volunteer in his church, and an Eagle Scout himself, he is cultivating the next generation of leaders as cubmaster for local Pack 236.


Save the Date!

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details on registration and the event program. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the WV Education Summit and shape the future of West Virginia's workforce. Together, let's prepare our students for a world empowered by AI, where endless opportunities await.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Charleston Convention & Civic Center, Atrium and Ballroom located at 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25301. Link to Google Maps.

No, it is not necessary to bring a printed ticket to the Summit. Registered attendees will receive a name tag at the check-in table.

The registration fee is $100 and covers the cost of attendance, continental breakfast and a buffet lunch.

Before September 30th, all tickets to the Summit are $80. After September 30th the tickets will be available for $100.

Yes, Educators are eligible for a FREE ticket. On EventBrite, please use Promo Code: TEACHER

The Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center has a parking garage available. Price for parking is $5.

Absolutely! Please just indicate any dietary restrictions you have in your registration form and we will ensure that you have a suitable breakfast and lunch provided to you.

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