Alderson Broaddus University hosted a Leadership, Religion, and Ethics Conference this morning.
The event was sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Organizers said the millennial generation is less involved and less trustful of institutions than past generations.
Keynote speaker Donald Simmons, Jr. said he wants to encourage others in that generation to pick up that leadership role.
"The real message here is that there is hope, and that they have the skills and abilities to accomplish great things and to turn America around," said Simmons.
The ABU speech and debate teams and religion and philosophy departments also sponsored the event.