Don’t miss Appalachia’s Premier Event
Registration is $75 and includes:
- Two full days of programming.
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks on both days.
- The SOAR Summit Reception, presented by Whitaker Bank.
- More than 100 booths in the SOAR Summit Exhibit Hall.
Are you a high school or college student? Scroll down to find out how you can attend for FREE 👇 👇
Meet Our TenTalk Speakers
Dr. Beth Kelly
Dr. George Koob
Mark W. Ryles
Dr. Jonathan Shores
James O. Wilson
Speed Pitch Competition for High School & College Students at the 2023 SOAR Summit
At the Speed Pitch Competition, it is simple: a podium, a microphone, your idea, and two minutes to make your pitch. The competition will be held inside the Corbin Arena on the main stage.
We’ll be awarding $500 to the first-place pitch in two categories: high school and college/university.
Thanks to the Forcht Group, high school and college students can attend the SOAR Summit for free.
Speed Pitch Competition open to the General Public! It’s not just for the Kids!
The latest development for the 2023 SOAR Summit … it’s not just for the kids!
There is now a category available for the general public to join in and be a part of the speed pitch competition!
That’s right! There is now a THIRD category for the Speed Pitch Competition happening during the 2023 SOAR Summit, on October 3.
We’ll be awarding $500 to the first-place pitch winner.
New Addition: Pre-Summit Activities!
New to this year’s event is a Pre-Summit Workshop and Opening Reception on Monday, October 2 in Williamsburg, presented by the Kentucky League Of Cities:
Community and Regional Disaster Preparedness: The workshop will focus on community and regional disaster preparedness.
- SOAR Summit Opening Reception at the Cumberland Mint
Both the Pre-Summit Workshop and Opening Reception are additional ticketed events.
Each event is $25 and seating is limited.
TenTalk: Igniting Minds, Inspiring Change
The 2023 SOAR Summit is proud to introduce TenTalk, presented by the University of the Cumberlands.
Get ready to be inspired by an exceptional lineup of regional speakers — all from the main stage inside the Corbin Arena at the SOAR Summit, presented by Appalachian Wireless and the Appalachian Regional Commission!
SOAR SUMMIT 23 Sponsors
SOAR Summit attracts more than 1,400 in Pikeville
2022 Summit By The Numbers
Focus Summit sells out in Hazard
Our Focus Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation is in the books. And it was a sellout!
Here is a replay of our plenary sessions from Hazard Community and Technical College’s First Federal Center.
SOAR Mini Summit attracts more than 650 attendees
The 2021 SOAR Summit was record breaking
Hosted for the first time ever by the city of Corbin, KY — and returning to an in-person format — 2021’s event was one for the history books.
Re-watch the 2021 event
The 2021 SOAR Summit brought together local residents and businesses, elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and other change agents across Appalachia. It focused on issues and activities important to our region including broadband, grants, workforce opportunities, and entrepreneurship.
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