Who Will Be There

If you are an engaged community member, storyteller or documentarian or all-around rabble rouser, small business owner, nonprofit administrator, service group member or everyday philanthropist, young or old, vocal or behind the scenes, please take a seat at the table.

We’re looking for the West Virginians who see or want to see a new way, and who are willing to take at least one step in getting there. 

To share their stories at the event, we’re calling together the innovators and the people who are in the trenches, representing a wide variety of vocations from education and economic development to podcasting and farming.

We’ll have panels, roundtables, and gatherings of as many people working to rewrite what West Virginia can be and is as we can fit into the space. Join us as a leader, a listener, a presenter, and an exhibitor – be part of the teaching and part of the learning. Be part of the New Story of our state.


Adam Pauley, Clear Fork River Trail

Alisa Bailey, Charleston CVB

Annie Stroud, Sprouting Farms

Ben Berry, Mountain Craft Productions

Ben Gilmer, Refresh Appalachia

Betty Jones, McDowell County CVB

Boss Babes WV

Brad McElhinney, WV Metro News

Brandon Nida, Cooperation Central Appalachia

Carrie White, WVU Innovation Lab

Charlie Bowen, Marshall University

Dave McCutcheon, PATCH 21

Dawn Miller, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Deb Workman, Bridgeport Farmers Market

Diana Mazzella and Raymond Thompson Jr, Sparked Podcast

Douglas Imbrogno

Emily Hilliard, WV Folklife Program

Eric Dixon, Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center

Hilary Kinney, Holler Podcast

Jason Young, The Vintage Theatre Company

Jeanie Harrison, Gro Huntington

Jennifer Gardner, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Jenny Anderson, Our Children Our Future

Jina Belcher, Coalfield Development Corporation

Josh Baldwin, Black Lantern Productions

Justin Liston, Mountain Craft Productions

Kara Dense, Greenbrier County CVB

Katey Lauer, Mine Wars Museum

Kendall Perkinson, Mared & Karen: The WVU Co-Ed Murders Podcast

Kristian Thacker

Lacy Davidson, Wayne County Farmers Co-Op

Lori McKinney, Create Your State

Mandy Curry, Business Uplifted Podcast

Natalie Roper, Generation WV

Nathan Hall, Reclaim Appalachia

Sandy York, The Parthenon Podcast

Sara Arnold, Clutch MOV

The STAY Project

Welch Elementary Community School Project Putt Putt

Wilma Steele, Mine Wars Museum

Wheelie Good Food Cart

WV Coding Club

This is an ever-growing list – we will continue to add as more speakers and presenters are confirmed…

Ready to join us? Register now »