Pioneer Sessions Week: October 2nd - 6th, 2017
Chris Hickey - Managing Yourself and Your Business
Monday, October 2 - 12 p.m. Media Innovation Center
My name is Chris Hickey and I am a social and digital media marketer and consultant from Wilmington, Delaware. I am a consummate creative with a strategic and analytical mind and a lot of passion. In short, I am ready to help you achieve your business goals from concept to creation.
Whether its in a large corporation, institution, agency, or start-up, I have been able to provide great work with quantifiable results in a variety of industries. Previously, I managed the social media presence for Integrity Staffing Solutions, one of the largest light industrial staffing firms in the United States. During my tenure, I was able to grow the company's social media presence by nearly 38% and increase organic engagement by 529%. Additionally, my work was recently recognized at the American Staffing Association's Genius Awards as an honorable mention for best social media campaign.
I am a rather quick learner and quite adaptable and attribute these skills to my strong academic background. I graduated from West Virginia University as an honors student majoring in marketing with a minor in Spanish. Whether it was my two terms abroad in Spain and Hong Kong, my involvement in Student Government Association, Delta Sigma Pi, or emergent leadership with Respectful Mountaineer, I was involved in higher education from many different perspectives. After interning with QVC and We Are Social, an international social media conversation agency, I am applying my academic, experiential, and professional knowledge to current projects and can easily translate this expertise to your company.
Heather Heiskell Jones/Stephen Bupp - Law School: Should I Attend?
Monday, October 2 - 5:30 p.m. Erickson Alumni Center Room 110
- West Virginia University, B.A., cum laude, 1984
- University of Richmond, T. C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1987
- University of Virginia Trial Advocacy Institute, 1996
- Serving as lead attorney for the nation's leading collegiate sports marketing company in a dispute involving multi-media rights
- Serving as lead attorney for chemical companies in toxic tort, product liability and medical monitoring class actions
- Serving as lead attorney in employment matters, including gender discrimination/harassment claims
- Serving as lead attorney for businesses and employers in catastrophic injury and death cases involving alleged deliberate intent
- Serving as lead attorney for companies in litigation before the Mass Litigation Panel in West Virginia
- Serving as lead attorney for manufacturers and distributors in product liability cases, including medical device and pharmaceutical products
- Serving as lead attorney for intermediate care facilities in negligence litigation
- Serving as lead attorney for businesses in cases involving commercial disputes, breach of contract and tortious interference with a business relationship
- Serving as lead attorney for insurers in cases involving bad faith and violation of the Unfair Trade Practices Act, extracontractual and coverage issues
Kristi Wood-Turner - Exploring Passion and Purpose: The Necessity of Involvement
Tuesday, October 3 - 12 p.m. Erickson Alumni Center Room 110
Morris Morrison - Choosing Your Path: Life After College
Tuesday, October 3 - 5:30 p.m. Erickson Alumni Center Room 110
Lydotta Taylor - Perception vs. Reality: A Look Into Millennials and Gen Z
Wednesday, October 4 - 12 p.m. Erickson Alumni Center Room 110
Lydotta M. Taylor is the Founder, President & CEO of The EdVenture Group. Through her work with The EdVenture Group she has had a positive and sustaining impact on education and business systems across numerous states where the group is actively engaged in a number of projects. Lydotta’s ability to leverage resources and connect partners across industry has earned her notable awards and board positions. Lydotta has been a leader in the professional development areas of leadership, change management and organizational culture.
Lydotta completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Executive Education and holds a Doctoral degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in STEM Professional Development from West Virginia University. Lydotta completed the Life Success Consulting and Coaching certification in 2008. Prior to founding The EdVenture Group, she served as Vice President for Workforce and Education at the West Virginia High Technology Consortium (WVHTC) Foundation. Her education career began as a high school math and computer science teacher followed by serving as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Monongalia County school system.
Lydotta currently serves on numerous Advisory Councils for colleges at West Virginia University, the Board of Directors for the United Way of Mon and Preston Counties, and the Salvation Army. Taylor has held numerous positions on a variety of community boards in the past. She is a former Chairperson of the West Virginia Workforce Investment Board. She has made countless presentations to groups across the United States, sharing knowledge and successes for the business and education community to model. Lydotta is currently serving as an adjunct professor for the West Virginia University Leadership program, the Masters of Business Administration, and the Masters of Industrial Relations programs.
Dr. Naomi Boyd - Managing Assets and Liabilities: Becoming More Budget Directed
Wednesday, October 4 - 5:30 p.m. Erickson Alumni Center Room 110
Naomi E. Boyd, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Finance from The George Washington University, Washington D.C. in 2009. Dr. Boyd spent eight years as a Student Scholar, Financial Analyst, and Consultant to the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington D.C.Dr. Boyd is currently the Department Chair for the Department of Finance and an Associate Professor in the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. She is also the Founding Director for the newly established Center for Financial Literacy and Education, which houses many of WVU’s programs in wealth management, banking, and insurance, supports outreach efforts throughout the state of West Virginia, and also creates research opportunities and support for faculty engaged in projects that help to further the mission of the Center.She teaches undergraduate investments, both the introductory and advanced courses in financial planning, and personal finance in the Executive MBA and MBA programs. Dr. Boyd also teaches Energy Finance in the newly developed Energy Finance program.Dr. Boyd serves as the Director of the Certified Financial Planning Program, and has served as the Ph.D. Program Coordinator for the area of Finance and the faculty advisor for the Finance Club in the past. Dr. Boyd also works closely with the State of West Virginia Auditor’s office to develop and implement financial literacy programs for secondary education teachers and state employees.Dr. Boyd's research involves the behavior of traders, the characterization of competitive market making, strategic and tactical asset allocation decisions, the integration of markets and market participants, price discovery, and other issues relating to market microstructure, investments, and personal financial planning. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance and as a Review Board Member for the American Journal of Business. Dr. Boyd has published articles in the Journal of Futures Markets, the Journal of Fixed Income, Review of Derivatives Research, Managerial Finance, the Journal of Alternative Investments, and the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance.
- Ph.D., Finance, George Washington University
- M.B.A., Finance, Texas Tech University
- B.F.A., Dance, The University of Texas at Austin
- Semi-finalist for the Market Microstructure Best Paper Award at Financial Management Association 2016 Meetings
- Highly Commended Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance
- 2016 Robbins Center International Research Fellowship Recipient
- 2016 B&E Deans Summer Research Grant Recipient
- 2015 Beta Alpha Psi Most Influential Finance Professor for Professional Development
- Highly Commended Paper in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for Managerial Finance
- 2015 Dean's Award of Distinction in Service
- 2015 Department of Finance Research Award
- 2015 Department of Finance Teaching Award
- 2015 Department of Finance Service Award
- 2011 Department of Finance Service Award
Dr. Geah Pressgrove - Storytelling in a Digital Age
Thursday, October 5 - 5:30 p.m. Erickson Alumni Center Ruby Grand Hall
Geah Pressgrove is an assistant professor at the Reed College of Media where she teaches introductory, skills and advanced courses in strategic communications. Pressgrove is also the faculty advisor for the award-winning WVU PRSSA chapter.
Her published and in-progress research examines the ways in which key communications variables influence relationship quality, behavioral outcomes and loyalty. She explores the organization-public relationship paradigm primarily in the nonprofit, corporate social responsibility, community and political contexts. She is particularly interested in the ways in which communicators can more effectively measure the effectiveness of relationship cultivation and maintenance strategies. Her work has been published in refereed journals including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Journal of Promotion Management, and Journal of Applied Communication Research.
Pressgrove earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Western Kentucky University. She completed her master’s in integrated communications, and her Ph.D. in mass communications at the University of South Carolina.
She has more than 15 years professional agency and freelance experience working with diverse clients including nonprofits, foundations, corporations, entertainment properties, municipal governments, political campaigns, and healthcare organizations.
Robert Waugh - Inclusion in Sports
Friday, October 6 - 12 p.m. Erickson Alumni Center Ruby Grand Hall
Robert is from Hagerstown, Maryland, but lives in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. He teaches and coaches in Washington County Maryland. Robert teaches Health and Physical Education at Pleasant Valley and Williamsport Elementary Schools. He teaches an evening on-line health class at Williamsport and Hancock High Schools. Robert is the head Unified Bocce Coach at North Hagerstown High School, and works with the Washington County Recreation Department. He is currently in his 9th year of teaching and 10th year of coaching.
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.
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