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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:


Tom Kijowski

Owner of Kijowski Investments

 Tom has 35 years of experience in financial services, but his desire to protect others and their wealth began much earlier. He lost his father when he was just 6 years old. His family’s resulting money struggles motivated him to help protect other families from the same anguish. After getting his start in insurance, Tom became securities licensed to better serve the growing financial needs of his insurance clients.

A multiyear recipient of the Five Star Wealth Manager award, Tom is among a select group of wealth managers chosen for both their ability and their commitment to overall satisfaction. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). Tom earned a B.S. degree in business in 1972 from Fairmont State University where he wrestled and was an officer in the Theta Xi Kappa Gamma Chapter. He earned an MBA from West Virginia University in 1976.

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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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Missed a Session? View all past Pioneer Sessions here.