WV Education Summit: AI and the Future of Work - Partnerships for Student Success
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.
Date: Wednesday, October 11th
Location: The Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center
Our Keynote Speaker
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.
Our Industry Panel
Senator Amy Nichole Grady
West Virginia State Senator
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, M&S Consulting
President, Vertx Partners
Vice President, CAMC/Greenbrier Valley Medical Center
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 a seasoned tech entrepreneur and co-founder of M&S Consulting, where he's driven AI and ML solutions for practical business problems. He's also a co-founder at Intermed Labs, an award-winning MedTech Startup Studio, known for its AI-driven prosthetic innovations. Aggarwal's expertise lies in combining traditional enterprise challenges with cutting-edge technology trends, making him a valuable advisor to businesses seeking comprehensive solutions.
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 tech leader specializing in cybersecurity and technology governance, facilitating growth and security for businesses and nonprofits. He served as the State of West Virginia's CIO after a stint as CISO, overseeing vital digital transformations and enhancing cyber defense. In 2023, he became the CIO at Alpha Technologies, a Putnam County-based MSP, spearheading tech solutions, risk management, and innovation. A two-time Marshall University graduate, Josh is also a dedicated cyber operations officer in the West Virginia Air National Guard and actively contributes to his community, including mentoring young leaders as cubmaster for local Pack 236.
LYNX Advocate Teacher, Frederick H.S. MD
Superintendent, Pocahontas County Schools
Founder of Nature's Mountain Classroom, Adventure Pocahontas
Superintendent, Monongalia County Schools
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.
Lynne Roth Bostic is the Superintendent of Schools for Pocahontas County. As a lifelong learning, Mrs. Bostic promotes professional growth for staff, educational opportunities that meet the needs of all students, and opportunities to communicate with communities. She has 16 years of experience in educational administration as well as a background in public relations. Positivity, individuation, arranger, relator, and responsibility are her Gallup leadership strengths and are visible in all aspects of her life. Lynne Bostic and her husband, David, are the parents of two daughters, and grandparents to two grandchildren.
Founder of Nature’s Mountain Classroom, Tracey Valach holds degrees in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and Communications Studies from West Virginia University. As an avid outdoorswoman, she has always been passionate about getting all kids and families outside. Living in a community where the outdoors is a huge tourism industry, Tracey found that locals weren’t taking advantage of the outdoors because it was “for tourists.” Wanting to change that mindset, Tracey created Nature’s Mountain Classroom to encourage all students in the county to experience all the outdoors has to offer. Tracey gets immense satisfaction from watching her own two children and all her students find joy in the outdoors.
Eddie R. Campbell, Jr., Ed.D., became Monongalia County's Superintendent of Schools on July 1, 2018, following a selection process managed by Orion-Delta. With over seven years as Tucker County Schools' superintendent, he brings extensive education leadership experience. Dr. Campbell also served as a principal in Alaska and as the executive director of the Livingston American School in Shanghai, China. He began his career as an assistant principal and principal in Virginia. Dr. Campbell holds a B.A. in history from West Virginia University, an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University, and a Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education. He lives in Monongalia County with his wife, Zhilan Zhang, and their son.
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.
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.
Connect with peers, educators, and industry leaders, fostering valuable relationships that can open doors to future collaborations and career prospects.