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NOVEMBER 9-10, 2020


We are excited to announce the premier professional development opportunity for High School SkillsUSA students and advisors- The High School Fall Leadership Conference will be completely virtual for 2020! Never before have we been able to bring this incredible conference to your finger tips. This conference is open to all students, advisors and administrators interested in learning more about SkillsUSA, want to build their employability skills "tool box" or want to participate in one of the 6 Regional Delegate Assemblies. 

This year's Conference will focus on providing "tools in the tool box" that students can use in and out of SkillsUSA. Sessions will focus around chapter development, the new program of work, and business and industry led sessions. Statesman awards can be earned by students completing each of the sessions. Student's that are looking to take their experiences to the "next level"can include serve Voting Delegates or Regional Officer Candidates giving students a front row seat to choosing their student leaders. Students will get a variety of opportunities based on the sessions that they choose. We will be able to offer a wide range of sessions on a variety of topics this year and will have a number of industry partners teaching sessions and sitting on industry panels ready to answer student's questions about employment (please scroll down to see a sample of the sessions).

We wanted to ensure that students have the highest quality experience in the Virtual Environment and because of that The 2020 Virtual Fall Leadership Conference will be produced by Mills James in conjunction with SkillsUSA Ohio. 

Registration Fee: $25 per registrant or $300 per classroom (up to 30 students)





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for 2020

(Sessions will run from 9am-1pm both days with elections occurring on day 2)

  • Training and orientation for Regional Officer Candidates and Delegates

  • SkillsUSA 101/SkillsUSA Framework-What does SkillsUSA Do for Me/ Workplace, Personal, and Technical Skills, bringing it all together

  • Social Media and Public Relations: How does what I post affect me and why is professional correspondence important?

  • The Chapter Excellence Program and planning a successful chapter

  • Being a Great SkillsUSA Officer-How to be a leader both in and out of the classroom

  • Conflict Management and Critical Thinking-Live Scenarios

  • Industry Panels

    • Construction, Transportation, Manufacturing, Engineering

    • Law & Public Safety, Human Services (Cosmetology), Health Science, Hospitality

    • Business & Admin. Services, Arts & Communications, Edu. & Training, Finance, Gov. & Public Admin., Marketing, IT

  • Financial Management: in the workplace and beyond

  • Planning my local chapter-working though and planning my year/ Live Chapter Planning-

  • Industry Partner Session-How does adaptability and flexibility apply?

  • Regional Officer Elections

  • Keynote Speaker Breakout Session-Social Media/Current Events and Real life impacts

  • The SkillsUSA Virtual Chapter

  • SkillsUSA Ohio Events-videos, alumni, question and answer

  • Project Management-How to be successful


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Keynote Speaker: 


Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, and educator who has worked both nationally and locally in her fields since 1987. Currently, Catanzarite operates her company, Arania Productions, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She counts 16 Emmy awards, 39 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, 2 Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, 8 Telly Awards, 3 Golden Quill Awards, an Ohio Associated Press MEA award, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her many professional honors.  She also was recognized with a Carnegie Science Award as the 2018 Science Communicator of the Year; and she is on the Board of Governors for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Projects range from studio-based talk shows to documentaries and TV-magazine-format programs covering a wide range of subject matter. Public affairs issues, workforce development, clinical and translational science, medical topics, and STEM and other education issues are frequent themes of her work.


Catanzarite holds a Masters degree for Journalism Educators from Kent State University, where she graduated summa cum laude and also was the recipient of the 2014 James Sutherland Endowed Scholarship for outstanding graduate students.  Her area of academic specialty is the social role and ethical responsibilities of mass media. She has taught as an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Point Park University since 2006. Catanzarite is a 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with degrees in Non-Fiction Writing, Film Theory, and a certificate in American Sign Language for the Deaf. 

See the incredible work she has done with SkillsUSA Ohio and Career and Technical Education by watching her special "The Career Path Less Taken"

SkillsUSA Ohio

SkillsUSA Ohio is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit association of 32,000 member students and educators partnering with business and industry to ensure that America has a globally competitive skilled workforce.


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