VAYPS 2014 - Agenda


Saturday, March 29, 2014
Lane Stadium, Virginia Tech

8:30 am Registration and Networking Breakfast.
9:30 am Welcome to Blacksburg, Krisha Chachra, Vice Mayor and Summit Emcee
Welcome to Virginia Tech, Kevin Jones, former All-American for Virginia Tech football
9:45 am Justin Graves, Virginia Tech Graduate Student and Entrepreneur, introduction by Krisha Chachra
10:00 am   Special Session: Social Networking Through the Power of Story: Leveraging Social Media to Connect and Prosper presented by Donna Wertalik, Associate Professor of Practice, Virginia Tech – Pamplin School of Business

A comprehensive presentation on social media and its impact on the world today. It will cover a real world case study of how we applied a strategic approach to fundraising for nonprofits through story-telling and leave the audience with a "how to" guide to apply to their nonprofit or organization.

11:00 am  Senator Mark R. Warner, introduction by Dr. Charles Steger, President of Virginia Tech
11:30 am Featured Speaker Jack Andraka, inventor, scientist and cancer researcher.
Noon      Boxed Lunch Networking Hour.
1:15 pm   Workshop Session One.

How to Foster Community, Connection and Professional Development among YPs
Moderator: Abe Loper, Founder, Nobility Partners, LLC; Blackwater Coffee Roasters; Owner, The White Hart Café
Grafton deButts, Membership Manager, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
Alisha Starkey, Customer Experience Supervisor, Cox Communications
Corrie Teague, Project Manager, City of Danville, Office of Economic Development
Justin Yalung, Corporate Controller, TECHLAB, Inc.

Social Media and Your Personal Brand
Presented by Donna Wertalik, Associate Professor of Practice, Virginia Tech – Pamplin School of Business

Communication in the Multigenerational Workplace
Presented by Kay Dunkley, Ed.D., Director of the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center

2:15 pm       Break.
2:30 pm    Workshop Session Two.

Land the Job You Want – Resume and interview Tips from HR Professionals
Moderator: Dr. Irvin Clark, Dean of Students, Radford University
Kathy Allen Bennett, Training and Development Manager, GEICO
Katharine Claytor, Vice President of Human Resources, Delta Dental
Steve Starring Grant, Chief Strategy Officer, Modea
Debra Lovelace, Senior Director of HR, Carilion Clinic
Michael Rihani, CEO and CO-Founders, Koofers

Your Big Idea – A Discussion on Entrepreneurship
Moderator: Hayden Lee, President, Virginia Tech’s Entrepreneur’s Club
Andy Bogdan Bindea, Founder and President, Sigora Solar
Sara Bremer, Owner/Head Instructor, Just Dance Roanoke
Brandon Carroll, Co-Founder, Actively Caring for People
Carolyn Pugh, ‎Co-Founder & COO of VirtualU

Tools to Campaign, Lobby, Advocate, and Engage
Moderator: Lauren Gilbert, Youth Program and Recruitment Coordinator, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
Krisha Chachra, Vice Mayor, Town of Blacksburg
Tom Kramer, Executive Director, Virginia 21
Israel O’Quinn, Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 5th District
Michele Satterlund, Senior Vice President, State Government Relations, McGuire Woods Consulting LLC
Levar Stoney, Secretary of the Commonwealth

3:30 pm Break.
3:45 pm   Featured Speaker, John Boyer, Senior Instructor in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech, a.k.a. “The Plaid Avenger.”
4:15 pm Closing remarks and Special Prizes.
4:30 – 6 pm Networking Happy Hour hosted by Virginia Tech and Radford University.