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Uncork the possibilities at Elevations Academy

ElevationsBuiltCity“We Built this City:
Imagine. Create. Lead.”
Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy
Wednesday, October 30
11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Embassy Suites

Registration is now open for the fourth Annual Elevations Academy, the state’s premier professional development and networking event for young professional and executive women.

This year’s conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Embassy Suites. “We Built this City: Imagine. Create. Lead” is presented by West Virginia American Water. The event runs from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and is followed by an optional Uncork & Create event for attendees that starts at 6 p.m. (Capacity for this activity is extremely limited.)

Using the City of Charleston’s “Imagine Charleston” comprehensive plan as a launching pad for discussion, the program will:

– Profile trailblazing women in WV history who took risks to advance their communities or businesses

– Feature an interactive  community development exercise

– Present strategies for moving forward from the perspectives of the technology sector, the creative      class, downtown
businesses and large corporations

– Close with a powerful call to action through formal remarks and performance art.

The event opens with a luncheon, and includes an expo where dozens of businesses and organizations that market to women will showcase their services and products. Following the Academy, attendees may participate in a special “Uncork & Create” event, which starts at 6 p.m., for an additional fee. The after-hours event includes wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres, and will be held at 1031 Quarrier Street.

Historically, some or all of the Elevations Academy has been approved for continuing education credit. This year’s agenda will be submitted for approval by the WV State Bar and WV Board of Accountancy.

The opening speaker is Mary Beth Heydrick of DOW, a business manufacturing technology leader. Based in Freeport, Texas, Heydrick will share perspectives on leadership, innovation, risk and change. DOW is the year-round title sponsor and strategic partner for all Elevations events.


Other confirmed speakers to date are:

  • Alisa Bailey, Charleston      Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Anne Barth, TechConnect
  • Ellen Cappellanti, Jackson Kelly
  • Nelle Chilton, Dickinson Properties
  • Mary Jean Davis, Charleston City Council
  • Crystal Good, Mixed Media
  • Prof. Connie Park Rice, PhD, WVU Department of History
  • Gina Rugeley, Junior League of Charleston
  • Susie Salisbury, Charleston Area Alliance
  • Danielle Snidow, Uncork & Create
  • Deb Weinstein, YWCA of Charleston

Dress for Success will accept donations of gently used professional clothing, handbags, shoes, and jewelry and other accessories, which will help disadvantaged women transitioning into the workforce.

For the full range of sponsorship opportunities, click HERE.

Early bird registration is $90 for Alliance members and $100 for future members. The cost for each goes up after Oct. 16 to $100 for Alliance members and $115 for future members.

To register for the event, click HERE.

To register for the after hours Uncork & Create event, click HERE. Registration is extremely limited and restricted to Elevations Academy attendees.

A range of exclusive sponsorship opportunities is available. For more information, contact JoEllen Zacks, jzacks@charlestonareaalliance.org.

Last year’s Elevations event attracted more than 300 attendees. DOW is the title sponsor of Elevations.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information. The Alliance is unable to issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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