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March 15, 2017

ENGAGE Conference of Leadership Slated for March 25

The Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development (CCE) at West Virginia Wesleyan College will be hosting their fourth annual ENGAGE Conference of Leadership on Saturday, March 25. The theme for this year’s conference is “What’s Your Story?” The ENGAGE Conference assists people in gaining a stronger knowledge of leadership and helps community members gain skills to form a positive social change.

The Conference registration and breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. at the Narthex and Kresge Auditorium in Wesley Chapel. Welcome and opening keynote addresses will begin at 9 a.m. in Wesley Chapel with feature guest speakers Jessica Lilly, southern West Virginia Bureau Chief of West Virginia Public Radio (WVPR) and host and producer of Inside Appalachia; and Roxy Todd, a producer for Inside Appalachia.

After the keynote presentations, participants will split into four different collaborating workshop sessions throughout the day. The sessions will include Tell Your Story, The Power of “We” Advocacy & Public Policy, The Best Ideas are Shared: Innovation & Best Practices, and Off the Paper: What’s Next?.

Participants will meet at the Benedum Campus Center Social Hall for a closing conference and dinner at 4:30 p.m.

Joining WVPR in 2008, Lilly received the Regional Murrow award in 2016 for her show called “What Happens When Strangers with Cameras Travel Inside Appalachia?” The show also received best documentary from the Regional Associated Press. In 2016, Lilly was also recognized as “Best Radio News Anchor” by the Virginias Associated Press (VAP). She received the Significant Impact Award for her inspiration on broadcasting in West Virginia and Associated Press Best Reporter in 2013, Best Enterprise Reporting, and Best Feature Runner-Up. A 2007 graduate of Concord University, Lilly won Alumnus of the Year in 2015. She was also involved in launching Concord University’s first FM station, WVCU-LP FM in 2015.

Todd, a 2005 Warren Wilson College graduate, began an oral history projected called Travel 219 as an AmeriCoprs VISTA with Allegheny Mountain Radio. She constructed stories from her interviews with clock makers, farmers, musicians, and storytellers who live along US Route 219 in West Virginia. The Traveling 219 Project won an award from the American Association for State and Local History.  In 2014, she began working for WVPR. She was featured on NPR’s “Morning Education” about the Richwood Ramp Festival. She also was featured on Marketplace for her story about pepperoni rolls.  She won an AP Award for best feature radio story and two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for Best Use of Sound and Best Writing for her stories about Appalachian food and culture.

Registration for West Virginia Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff is $25; the general registration fee is $40. Late registration, which will end on March 17, will be $30 for Wesleyan participants and $45 for the general public. Conference registration information is available at

For more information about the conference, please contact Katie Loudin, the associate director of the CCE, at You can also visit the conference website at


The ENGAGE Conference of Leadership is sponsored by West Virginia Wesleyan College, Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development, WVPR, and Campus Compact. 

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