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2019 CLA Sessions

Wednesday, May 1

12:30 p.m. Registration Opens

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Pre-conference Workshops

Discover The Diverse Leader Within
Presenters: Tanya Lamo – Extension Educator - Agricultural Entrepreneurship, Penn State University Extension; John Wodehouse –  Extension Educator - Business, Penn State University Extension; Alicia Anderson – Extension Educator - Sustainable Agriculture and Entrepreneurship, Penn State University Extension  
Room Location: Wharf AB Cost: $20 per attendee

Join the Penn State University Extension team in exploring how leadership starts from within and is expressed through you. Think about your personal leadership journey while making connections on how this is expressed in your leadership style, identify diverse leadership traits and learn strategies to enhance your team communication and performance.

*Note: You must complete the assessment prior to this session and bring the results with you.

Leadership: Perspiration vs. Aspiration 
Presenter: Mark McMillion – McMillion Leadership Associates
Room Location:
Cost: $20 per attendee

Leadership is about elevating people, whether they’re your employees, peers, neighbors or friends. It’s about helping people be better than they are. When people talk about being a leader, you often hear words like vision, mission, meaning and transformation. Those are incredibly important, and leadership absolutely starts with those things. But as my mother told me once upon a time, “the road to Hades is paved with good intentions” (or words to that effect).

This workshop is about the mechanics of communication, accountability, respect and trust, because those are the principles of leadership that transcend domains. The workshop will provide you with the understanding and tools to lead now.

5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Mobile Learning Activity

Dinner at Hill and Hollow and Talk by Marion Ohlinger on "Rooted in Heritage, Growing into the Future" 
Presenter: Marion Ohlinger – Chef and Owner, Hill and Hollow 
Location: Hill and Hollow 
Cost: $30 per attendee (meal included)

Hill and Hollow is one of West Virginia’s most progressive restaurants, specializing in global cuisine from locally grown ingredients and elevating Appalachian cuisine. Chef and owner Marion Ohlinger will talk about the economic and cultural aspects of the West Virginia food scene.

The loss of the “old ways” and the lack of progress in new ways of America’s culinary development has affected our region’s food culture. Questions will be encouraged, and this talk (along with a delicious dinner) promises to be a big hit, as have been our past visits to Hill and Hollow.

Enjoy multiple small plate courses that feature indigenous Appalachian specialties at Morgantown’s Hill and Hollow. Hill and Hollow is dedicated to the essential concept of sustainable agriculture and the belief that natural ingredients simply taste better. The menu is seasonally designed and reflects the freshest items Appalachia has to offer, a tribute to West Virginia’s cultural and agricultural diversity.

The $30 fee covers a multi-course dinner. The menu will be posted closer to the date in order to provide fresh, locally sourced, seasonal foods. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased from the bar. Transportation will be provided to and from the restaurant. 

Thursday, May 2

7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
Room Location: Foyer F-H

8:30 a.m. Welcome 
Presenter: Michael Dougherty – Extension Specialist and Professor, WVU Extension Service
Room Location: Salon EFGH 

9 a.m. Lessons Learned During a Lifetime of Leading
Keynote Speaker: David C. Hardesty Jr. – President Emeritus and Professor of Law, WVU
Room Location: Salon EFGH

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. General Session
Presenter: Lydotta Taylor – Founder, President and CEO, The EdVenture Group and Levation, LLC
Room Location: Salon EFGH

The session is held jointly with Leadership West Virginia to provide direct training to those who are in formal and informal leadership positions. 

Noon Lunch
Room Location:  Foyer F-H

12:30 p.m. Networking

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions 1 

Leadership -   Diversity Leadership: Change Lenses, Change Lives 
Presenters: John Wodehouse – Extension Educator - Business, Penn State University Extension; Linda Falcone – Extension Educator - Business and Community Vitality, Penn State University Extension 
Room Location:  Salon EFGH  

We like to think of ourselves as diverse and equity enlightened; however, are there natural barriers that keep us apart? In this workshop, we will explore diversity and how to lead it in your organization. We will take a look at how implicit bias impacts our behavior and how our behaviors contribute to corporate culture. Only by creating self-awareness can we begin to create a culture of accomplishment for ourselves and those around us.

In the last 40 years, diversity has come to mean more than racial equality. Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever in race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation, not to mention national origin, age and disabilities including genetic differences. There is also a greater demand to attract and retain quality workers from all walks of life, which can only be satisfied when leaders and organizations learn to embrace the performance of a diverse workforce. Individuals and companies need to develop strategies that identify types of bias and their unintentional results.

In this workshop, we will explore how to plan for diversity. Whether you are a CEO, a manager, or a tenured or entry-level worker, this session is for you. Join us and begin to lead diversity and develop a plan that will allow you to create meaningful positive influence and lasting impactful change for yourself and those around you.

Good Governance -  Activism to Action 
Moderators: Chris Plein – Professor, WVU Department of Public Administration and Adjunct Specialist, WVU Extension Service; Travis Mollohan – Director, WVU State and Local Relations
Panelists: Tom Bloom – Monongalia County Commissioner; Rachel Fetty – Morgantown City Council 
Room Location: Wharf AB

This panel will feature elected officials speaking about their experiences in transitioning from candidates to public officials. It will shed light on what have they learned in their transitions and what advice would they give others seeking to follow in their footsteps. 

Economic Strategy - Young Entrepreneurs Panel
Moderator: Cecily Flight – CLA AmeriCorps VISTA, WVU Extension Service
Jillian Kelly – Retrotique; Daniel Bonner and Chris Rabideau – Thirteen Palm Trees Podcast Productions; Cassidy Bayes – Cathedral Cafe and Southside Junction Taphouse; Aaron Rote – Short Story Brewing Company; Tighe Bullock – Crawford Holdings, LLC
Room Location: Waterfront

This panel hosts young entrepreneurs under 40 looking at what the next generation is doing to take economic development in its own hands and diversify what our state has to offer. These extraordinary young people are impacting businesses by changing the perception of what work looks like in West Virginia.

They will share their stories about building products, leading teams, raising capital and bouncing back from setbacks. Beyond business, beyond their words, beyond the products and even beyond their visions and teams, we connect with their passion to make West Virginia a better state to live and work in on their own terms.

3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions 2 

Leadership -   Developing the Next Generation of Leaders as a Strategy to Retain Young Talent in Your Community
Presenters: Kayla Wright – Network Engagement Director, Generation West Virginia; Natalie Roper, Executive Director, Generation West Virginia
Room Location:  Salon EFGH 

Today, more people – especially young people – are leaving the state than ever before. However, strategic community engagement can be a foundational strategy for retaining more of the next generation. Young people are choosing to stay where they feel invested in and a part of building their community’s future. Generation West Virginia is the statewide organization dedicated to attracting and retaining young talent and through our network of local Generations, we see this first-hand each day.

In this session, you’ll hear from local Generation leaders about the kinds of community engagement opportunities that keep them in the state. They’ll offer insight on how we as community leaders can successfully engage the next generation in our work. This panel of young leaders will be ready to answer your questions about how to successfully involve more young people in your work and share simple strategies for quick wins you can bring back to your community.

Reversing our state’s decades-long population decline will take all of us. As community leaders we have a key role to play in empowering people of all ages to plan and implement not only for the present but for our state’s future. 

Good Governance - AmeriCorps VISTA Panel
Moderator: Maja Holmes – Chair and Associate Professor, WVU Department of Public Administration
Panelists: Maja Holmes – Chair and Associate Professor, WVU Department of Public Administration; Cynthia McComas – Americorps VISTA, West Virginia Community Development Hub Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities Program; Spencer Moss – Executive Director, West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition and Former VISTA Member; Heather Foster – Executive Director, Volunteer West Virginia
Room Location: Wharf AB

This panel will explore and examine the role of the AmeriCorps VISTA program in building capacity in West Virginia’s communities and in public service-oriented organizations and programs. Panelists will provide context and perspective on the AmeriCorps VISTA program objectives and arrangements, and they will offer more specific discussion in the West Virginia context.

Economic Strategy -  The Art of Spiraling Up Toward Prosperity
Presenters: Margaret Stout – Associate Professor, WVU Department of Public Administration; Susan Aloi – Director, West Virginia Wesleyan College School of Business; Kathryn Ryan, Community Development Program Associate,  West Virginia Community Development Hub; Carrie Staton, Director, West Virginia University BAD Buildings  
Room Location: Waterfront

The field of community and economic development has long recognized the importance of community organizing and building prior to the pursuit of economic development initiatives. Research using the Community Capitals Framework, the Tupelo Community Development Model and Asset-based Community Development approaches has shown that early efforts that are culturally competent and focus on building human and social capacity in communities lead to much more robust and sustainable community and economic development efforts. 

After a brief explanation of these approaches and their common elements, stories from three exemplars in West Virginia will be presented: the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center’s "BAD Buildings Neighborhood GO Teams," the West Virginia Center for Civic Life’s "What’s Next West Virginia" initiative and the West Virginia Community Development Hub’s "Cultivate West Virginia" program. These endeavors offer inspiring options for communities of every size across the state who wish to mobilize and spiral up toward prosperity!

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Reception Room Location: Foyer F-H

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Mobile Learning Tours

Dine Around Morgantown: Pick Your Own Destination at the Reservation Station

As a Community Leadership Academy tradition of showcasing local restaurants and catering to foodies, we have created group dinner reservations for you to choose from at some of Morgantown's most popular dine-ins! These group dining experiences are open to all, CLA newcomers and veterans alike. The connections made during group dining experiences give you a set of familiar faces in the conference crowd, making the big anonymous crowd a little less anonymous.

Whether you are craving an American-style cheeseburger or zesty tikka masala, Morgantown has you covered. Variety is not an issue in this city, and we take pride in supporting these edible gems. Here are the restaurants that will be available for group dining experiences:

    • Bourbon Prime: Bourbon Prime overlooks the Monongahela River, providing a warm and welcoming dining experience. At Bourbon Prime, the Appalachian spirit is conveyed through artfully crafted libations and award-winning cuisine. In both the dining room and bar, they take familiar classics and add a contemporary, yet regional, touch to everything. Edible offerings pay homage to locally sourced and seasonal ingredients from local farmers and quality purveyors. Bourbon Prime’s lively bar features vintage spirits, inventive cocktails, craft beers, curated wines and the best bourbon selection in West Virginia.
    • Table 9: Morgantown's first gastropub, Table 9, is a reflection of the seasons in West Virginia and its local farms. Focusing on the craft of food and drink in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, you'll be relaxing before you know it in this eatery. They focus on new American cuisine, with a knack at creating seasonal and whimsical small plates that everyone can enjoy.
    • Mountain State Brewing Company: One of the oldest and largest full-scale distributing microbreweries in the state of West Virginia, established in 2005. Mountain State Brewing offers wood-fired gourmet pizza, craft beer and cocktails. Need we say more?
    • Morgantown Flour and Feed: Morgantown Flour and Feed offers a fine dining take on traditional recipes with attention to detail and the most delectable ingredients. This beautiful space is located in the historic Wharf District along the banks of the Monongahela River. They do down-home food really well, and we hope you give them a try. We know you’ll love what they have in store. Come experience this unique eatery and drinkery unlike any other in the town.
    • Oliverio's Ristorante: From the mountains of Calabria, Italy, to the Appalachian hills, Oliverio's Ristorante has been bringing old-world cuisine to West Virginia for more than 40 years. The Tuscan-inspired eatery, with its big city feel and small town charm, is within walking distance from area hotels and downtown. The cozy outdoor deck sits inches away from the Caperton Trail and boasts one of Morgantown's best views of the Monongahela River. They feature nightly specials, homemade pastas and sauces, famous house Italian dressing, homemade breadsticks, great seafood and steaks, creative appetizers, freshly baked desserts and an extensive wine list. Three generations of Oliverios participate in the daily operation of the four-location, family-owned business. The tradition of quality food and service has been passed down for generations from family roots in San Giovani in Fiore in the region of Calabira, Italy, to your table. All the love and care that went into these family recipes is still a part of every dish served today. 

There will be sign-up sheets available Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., so be sure to keep an eye out for these at the conference. Meal prices are NOT included in your reservation, so please bring cash/card for payment of your own meal. All restaurants are within a short walking distance from the hotel, but if you need further accommodation please allow us to assist in helping you by contacting Pat Smyth at Announcements will be made during the conference as a reminder. 

Arts Walk 
Tour Guide: Cecily Flight – CLA AmeriCorps VISTA, WVU Extension Service 

Come and explore Morgantown's eclectic art scene! Creative expression and cultural connection play a vital role in community health. Led by Cecily Flight, this optional Arts Walk through downtown will highlight several buildings, businesses and pieces of art that come together to create a better understanding of the diverse economy, cultural identity and well-being of the community. The walk is designed to take a more relaxed approach to learning about community development. As we depart from the Morgantown Marriott hotel, we will briefly discuss how the arts impact the community and then set out on our walking tour.

We will load the shuttle in front of the hotel at 6:00 p.m. and then be transported downtown where we will start our tour at Arts Monongahela and end at the Beechurst PRT station bus stop. At any time, you are more than welcome to leave the group – but just an FYI, you may miss the shuttle ride back to the hotel. From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., we will be covering these locations:

    • Arts Monongahela: Arts Monongahela was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1999 to advance the arts and enhance the community. In 2014, Arts Monongahela became the city of Morgantown’s first official Arts Council. Arts Monongahela grew out of the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce’s Vision 2000 Program. As the vision matured, it became clear to participants that the whole Morgantown community would benefit from a thriving arts life, but that it lacked an organization specifically designed to promote the arts. Under the auspices of Vision 2000, a committee of volunteers studied how best to coordinate and cultivate Morgantown’s arts life. From this initiative, Arts Monongahela was formed to stimulate the arts for the benefit of all its citizens. Arts Monongahela has remained viable thanks to the early and continuing dialogue, research  and support of the area’s major art groups, independent artists, government officials, business persons  and other community- supportive individuals. Community participation continues to maintain Arts Monongahela today.
    • 123 Pleasant Street: This venue is Morgantown, West Virginia's original live music and performance venue hosting national, regional  and local talent of all genres since 1998. This place is a true amalgamation of the past, present  and future of Morgantown's most creative. History runs deep in this building, and community values are at its core. With rich history and tasteful sounds, 123 Pleasant Street has become more than a music venue offering its facilities to all types of different organizations around the region.
    • Black Bear Burritos: Black Bear Burritos is an innovative small business providing a wide range of ethnic cuisines prepared using the freshest ingredients served in a unique Appalachian atmosphere that embraces the cultures, arts and music of West Virginia, as well as Morgantown. We give them an honorable mention on this tour, because they do everything they can to promote local arts by hanging pieces of art on their walls made by West Virginians and bringing live music in at least once a week.
    • Monongalia Arts Center: The Monongalia Arts Center is a non profit arts and culture center serving Monongalia County and surrounding areas. The center offers classes in both the visual and performing arts, as well as houses the Benedum Gallery, Davis Gallery, Tanner Theatre and a gift shop featuring unique gifts and artwork from various local artists. Located between the historic Hotel Morgan and the old Morgantown Post Office on South High Street, Monongalia Arts Center is hard to miss. Furthermore, they have one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in Morgantown, and not to mention, the only building with a lawn downtown.
    • Hoot and Howl: Established in Virginia (circa 2008) as The Crimson Owl, Hoot and Howl rebranded a few years after arriving in Morgantown in 2012. At that time, Hoot and Howl was simply a one-woman show making, creating and treasure hunting; selling wares at Mountain People's Co-op and Eloquence Antiques and Artisans. Hoot and Howl owner, Stephanie, decided it was time to take the leap and pursue her dream of having a brick and mortar boutique featuring local artisans, handmade goods, bath and body products, and refurbished furniture, alongside vintage items and antiques. After a lot of hard work (and sleepless nights), several amazing women flipped the space at 245 Walnut Street, and Hoot and Howl opened its doors in August 2018. Shortly after opening, they were voted Best Place to Shop in Mountaineer Country in "WV Living Magazine." Overall, Stephanie supports the movers, shakers, independent makers, artists, designers and creators.
    • Retrotique: Retrotique specializes in vintage records and clothing, but also carries retro toys, games, antiques, jewelry, oddities and more. Jillian Kelly, owner and operator, also has taken on the artist non profit Morgantown Art Party, which she runs out of her store. She hosts live music, art exhibits, benefit events, workshops  and more. Retrotique has become a hub for local artists looking for the weird and wonderful.
    • The Metropolitan Theatre: The Metropolitan Theatre is owned and managed by the City of Morgantown with day-to-day operation being overseen by the city manager's office. The Metropolitan Theatre commission is a volunteer board that advises the city manager's office in operations, maintenance, theatre upgrades and programming. Since the Metropolitan Theatre reopened in 2003, 35,000 patrons pass through the doors annually to enjoy  presentations, pageants, plays  and concerts. WVU, the Monongalia County Board of Education, Morgantown’s dance companies and theater companies, as well as local, regional and national acts grace the stage.
    • Beechurst PRT Murals: WVU's first student-made mural, the Beechurst PRT paintings, represent creativity on campus and in Morgantown. Created by WVU Art Movement's renowned artist Gerardo Valera in 2015, these installations were made with the intention of beautifying WVU with a focus on community, art and radical self-expression.

Please be aware that we will be walking quite a bit, so wear comfortable shoes. We will make a pit-stop at Cold Stone Creamery for a sweet snack before heading down to the PRT station.

Friday, May 3

7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast  
Room Location: Foyer F-H

8:30 a.m. Welcome  
Presenter: Michael Dougherty – Extension Specialist and Professor, WVU Extension Service
Room Location:
Salon EFGH

9 a.m. General Session
Presenter: Delegate Danielle Walker – Monongalia County District 51 Delegate  
Room Location: Salon EFGH 

“Why?”  This question is often answered with a simple “because”. However, an explanation of belief, facts or personal experience is a response to a person’s truth at that moment. Reflecting upon her life has allowed her concentration on her purpose. We often express to children, “You get what you get and don’t throw a fit!” But, when does this automatic response morph into questions of, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” or even more engaging, “What would you like to accomplish?” Why are our expectations suppressed at some points in life then increased significantly, often with diminishing results? The five Es will be discussed to keep you engaged in all possibilities. Everyone will have an opportunity to Evaluate, Energize, Educate, Elevate and Empower.

10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions 3  

Leadership -  Facilitating Critical Reflection and Leadership Development to Engage and Energize
Presenter: Cheyenne Luzynski – Teaching Assistant Professor, WVU Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Studies and Leadership Studies
Room Location: Salon EFGH

This workshop utilizes the DRAG-IT model to assist students and professionals in leading dialogue necessary for organizational growth. DRAG-IT, an acronym for Do, Reflect, Analyze, Generalize, Identify, and Takeaway, serves as a reflection framework for leadership development, evaluation and assessment. DRAG-IT is a facilitation framework to explore one’s position through critical reflection. Situating the learner in their own lived experiences allows them to connect leadership concepts with real-world application.

The presenter will introduce the DRAG-IT facilitation framework, offer examples and assist in the designing of DRAG-IT programs for participants' own contexts. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce and teach the DRAG-IT framework while illustrating its use from working with students to colleagues. Participants will gain insight into the importance of critical reflection in learning and leadership development, while learning practical strategies and techniques for leading authentic conversations and guiding deep critical reflection. This engaging presentation will leave you energized and eager to facilitate critical reflection.

Good Governance - Ethics, Accountability and Transparency Panel
Chris Plein – Professor, WVU Department of Public Administration and Adjunct Specialist, WVU Extension Service; Travis Mollohan –  Director, WVU State and Local Relations
Panelists: Howard Seufer – Attorney, Bowles Rice; Kimberly Weber – General Counsel, West Virginia Ethics Commission
Room Location: Wharf AB

The basic principles of unchanging ethics in an ever-changing world. Transparency and openness –  the right thing to do and the easy thing to do. The topics of the Ethics Act will include public contracts, private gain, voting, nepotism, prohibit gifts, employment, restrictions, endorsements, name or likeness/trinkets, financial disclosure filings and lobbyist filings.

Economic Strategy - Alternative Agriculture as Economic Development
Presenters: Spencer Moss – Executive Director, West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition; Mike Costello – Chef and Owner, Lost Creek Farm
Room Location: Waterfront 

This session will examine how agriculture and agricultural activities can be used to generate economic development at the local and community level.

11:30 a.m. Closing Ceremony - Recognition/Awards 
Presenter: Michael Dougherty – Extension Specialist and Professor, WVU Extension Service
Room Location: Salon ABCD

Cumulative Recognition: There are five levels of recognition (bronze, silver, gold, platinum and titanium). Each requires the completion of 24 hours of instruction (24, 48, 72, 96 and 120 hours respectively). After completing 120 hours, a participant will be placed in an elite mentee/mentorship program where they will have opportunities to recruit, guide and mentor less-experienced participants. 

CLA Champion Award: The CLA Champion Award honors an individual each year who is doing an exemplary job, going above and beyond expectations, to promote and/or support the academy through their leadership, service or other activities.

12:30 p.m. Safe Travels