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Pioneer Sessions

Pioneer Sessions are available to all students and staff of WVU current or past. 
What's the goal? To connect alumni with current students and to provide an opportunity to facilitate learning and networking. The 45 minute session opens with the speakers reflecting on their industry and how it can prepare students post-graduation. Leaving the last 15 minutes open for Q&A.
Interested in speaking at an upcoming session? Contact Allyson Cannon, 

Upcoming Sessions:


Amanda Mushro

Lifestyle/Mom Personality and Life Hacks Expert

Amanda Mushro is a 2002 WVU graduate with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a Lifestyle/Mom Personality and Life Hacks Expert that has been featured on The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, TLC, Yahoo Finance, Good Morning Washington, and Great Day Washington.

Amanda is a blogger for TLC's lifestyle website TLCme and has a web series with the network called TLCme #Lifehacks. She is a Today Show Parenting Team contributor and is the writer behind the blogs and  

Her writing can be found on,, Scary Mommy and The Huffington Post. Amanda lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

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CAPT John “Coach” Havlik

United States Navy (Retired)

 CAPT John “Coach” Havlik, USN (Ret), retired from the Navy after 31 years of distinguished service in the Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) community. Born in Munich, Germany, Coach grew up an Army brat, following his father around the world, eventually spending most of his childhood in Glen Burnie, MD.

Coach graduated from West Virginia University, and was a member of the Men’s Swim Team for 4 years. His career was highlighted by being the first swimmer in school history to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials (1980), qualifying for the NCAA Division 1 Swimming Championships (3 times), and serving as a tri-captain of the first undefeated men’s swim team in school history his senior year. Upon competition of his swimming career, Coach continued in the aquatic profession, coaching at both West Virginia and the University of South Carolina. He was recently selected for the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Coach enlisted in the Navy in 1982, and was subsequently assigned to the United States Naval Academy as a swim coach/physical education instructor upon completion of Boot Camp. He was commissioned as a naval officer via Officer Candidate School in November 1984.

Coach successfully completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in 1985. His military assignments have included a full range of duties in Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) Teams, Special Boat Teams, and Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He commanded several times and completed numerous deployments to named and contingency operations around the world, to include one deployment to Iraq, where he oversaw the complete redeployment of all Special Operations forces and equipment from Iraq after ten years of combat operations. Coach’s naval career included overseas assignments in the Philippines, Panama and Bahrain. He is an expert in the training and administrative oversight of reserves, and he has worked extensively with interagency and international partners.

While in the Navy, Coach completed graduate studies at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, receiving a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies and also completed a course of instruction in Spanish at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. Coach currently resides in Tampa, FL.

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tim dorsey

Tim Dorsey

President/CEO of The Dorsey Group


Tim Dorsey, founder and principle of The Dorsey Group, has provided performance improvement initiatives to domestic and international organizations for over 25 years. The Dorsey Group’s distinctive Operational Excellence Strategy strives for world –class operations by documenting processes, identifying problem areas, implementing solutions and creating a COPQ (cost of poor quality) recovery plan with a focus on sustainability through motivated, engaged employees.

A frequent speaker and thought leader, Tim addresses the ever-changing work environment and how it can be optimized.  Tim’s approach to successful performance improvement initiatives is to focus on people first in order to achieve long term sustainability. Results-oriented, his goal is to take you to the next level.

Tim has a Master’s of Science in Economics and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. In his personal time, he spends as much time as possible with his family and loves to travel. In addition, he is a competitive tennis player and enjoys scuba diving, fishing and reading.

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