Create West Virginia is committed to making the most inspiring, provocative, and transformative ideas available to our people. These ideas are transmitted through powerful speakers from around the world, the nation, the region, and our own state. The opportunity to interact with these innovators is worth the price of the entire conference! Several have agreed to not only speak, but to stay for the duration of the event, allowing conference attendees opportunities for in-depth conversation.
Introducing Our 2014 Keynote Speakers:
Ed O'Malley, CEO
@ Kansas Leadership Center
The titles “president” and “CEO” may conjure up traditional notions of authoritarian leadership, but Ed O’Malley, who holds those titles at the Kansas Leadership Center, doesn’t see them that way. O’Malley spent four years as a state legislator, with a ringside seat for both effective and ineffective displays of civic leadership. To him, leadership is not a title, personality trait or workshop topic. Instead, it’s an opportunity that people can grasp and choose to exercise in many different ways and venues. He will open the Create West Virginia Conference with a keynote speech on Sunday evening, October 26.
@ Majora Carter Group
Architect Sim Van der Ryn is unable to deliver the Monday evening keynote address, as planned. We are privileged to present in his place, Majora Carter.
Majora Carter is an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems.
After establishing Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All (among other organizations) to carry on that work, she built on this foundation with innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty.
Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Her 2006 TED talk was one of the first 6 videos to launch their groundbreaking website. Majora is a Board Member of the US Green Building Council, and theAndrew Goodman Foundation.
@ TWelch Consulting
Tom's message is simple. "No child need be denied the opportunity to learn at the highest levels in the 21st century. It's 2010, not 1970 or even 1999." The learning landscape is fundamentally shifting and our notions of how, when, and where to provide learning must shift as well if our children are going to thrive in a knowledge-based world."
Tom has served in a variety of education-related positions, first as a classroom teacher, then as a consultant teacher for the Kentucky Department of Education, a "teaching principal" at East Jessamine High School in Nicholasville, KY, and the "Director of Seeding Innovation" in Kentucky's Department of Education.
Tom has visited schools and universities across the U.S. as well as in France and China. He currently works extensively as an independent consultant with the International Center for Leadership in Education and CCSSO, the Council of Chief State School Officers and other state and national agencies. One of his current projects is focused on the establishment of a series of virtual learning magnets.
Carla Diana, Designer,
Artist, Creative Consultant
@ Smart Design
Carla Diana is a hybrid designer keenly focused on realizing new visions for smart objects and the Internet of Things. In addition to her industry experience at some of the world’s top design firms such as frog Design and Smart Design , Carla maintains strategic alliances with a number of academic research groups. She is a member of the Georgia Tech Socially Intelligent Machines Lab, and a faculty member at SVA and in the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design Program where she developed the first course on Smart Objects. She is Advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a young design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for smart devices and continues work as a Fellow at Smart Design, where she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab.
Dr. Mark Bates, CEO
@ Nexeon MedSystems
Dr. Bates has been involved in medical device innovation for 20 years, holding over 60 US issued and pending patents in the areas of stents, embolic protection, gene therapy, stem cell implantation, regenerative therapy, nanotechnology, spinal cord injury, catheter design and drug delivery. The founder of several medical start-up companies, he is CEO and founder of Nexeon MedSystems, Inc., a translational research company located in Carlsbad, California.
He is the son and grandson of Mingo County coal miners. A product of Putnam County public schools, he attended Marshall University, graduated from WV State University and WVU Medical School, where, in addition to his business endeavors, he is also professor of medicine and surgery. He is founder and co-director of the CAMC Vascular Center of Excellence.
In 2013, the University of Charleston conferred an honorary Doctorate of Science degree upon him for his contribution to cardiovascular innovation.
Paul Garnett, Director, Microsoft Technology Policy Group
Paul Garnett is a Director in Microsoft's Technology Policy Group, where he focuses on promoting higher-bandwidth, more efficient and ubiquitous spectrum-based broadband connectivity. Paul has also supported Microsoft's Mobile Business on various business- and policy-related activities.
He has been instrumental in the development of TV White Space technology, which has been used to bring broadband Internet to rural areas of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania. Paul's team, in partnership with WVNet, will bring this cutting-edge technology to Glenville for a special demonstration during the conference.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Paul spent 17 years in Washington, DC, where he focused on telecommunications law and policy. Paul earned his bachelor's degree in political science at Union College and his law degree at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.