Coding/Cyber Summit


Summit Co-Sponsor: Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation


Gold Sponsors:  BridgeValley Community & Technical College, IBM, Marshall University, West Virginia University


Silver Sponsors:  Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, WV Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science & Research


Bronze Sponsors:  Allegheny Science & Technology, Core10, Northrop Grumman Corp.




8:30 a.m.         Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:15 a.m.         Welcome

Anne Barth, Executive Director, TechConnect West Virginia


                        Opening Remarks:

Bernard McKay, Chief Policy Officer, Intuit


10:00 a.m.       Keynote Q&A: “West Virginia’s Path to the New Collar Economy”

Obed D. Louissaint, Vice President of Human Resources,
IBM Cognitive Solutions, Digital and Research


10:30 a.m.       Break


10:45 a.m.       “Computer Coding/Cyber Opportunities”

Presenters:      U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin


11:30 a.m.       “West Virginia’s Integrated Workforce Training in Coding/Cybersecurity”


W.Va. Department of Education

Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, Associate State Superintendent,

WV Department of Education

Higher Education

Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor, WV Higher Education Policy Commission

Dr. Casey Sacks, Vice Chancellor, WV Community & Technical College System



Non-profit/Community Efforts

Anne Barth, Executive Director, TechConnect West Virginia


12:15 p.m.       Lunch


1:00 p.m.         Panel Discussion: “Tech Employers’ Views of Workforce Strategies”

Moderator: Cabinet Secretary Woody Thrasher, WV Department of Commerce

·        Brian Stolarik, Program Manager, Cyber & Intelligence Mission Solutions, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

·        Bernie McKay, Chief Policy Officer, Intuit,

·        Timi Hadra, Senior State Executive, IBM


2:00 p.m.         WV Cybersecurity Internship Program”

Secretary Gayle Manchin, WV Dept. of Education and the Arts  


2:15 p.m.         “WV Forward”

                        Rochelle Goodwin, Sr Associate VP for Academic and Public Strategy, WVU


2:30 p.m.         Panel Discussion: “Hereshoring and Coding Jobs Being Developed

In West Virginia”

Moderator: Lawrence Malone, West Virginia National Guard

Presentations by those creating high tech jobs in West Virginia:

·        Amanda Laucher, Co-Founder, Mined Minds

·        Lee Farabaugh, Co-Founder & COO, Core10

·        Chuck Toussieng, Founder, Richwood Scientific

·        Patrick Farrell, Co-Founder, CentralApp


3:15 p.m.         Adjourn