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Impact Smeal Day - Friday, November 4, 2016

Impact Smeal Day will provide alumni with the opportunity to return to campus and reconnect with the college through a number of activities such as interacting with current students, networking with other alumni, and hearing college updates. This day will offer something for everyone from recent graduates to retirees! Once you review the sessions below, COMPLETE THE ONLINE REGISTRATION. Once a session if at capacity, it will no longer appear on the registration site. Dress is business casual.

Directions and parking information for the Business Building

READ ABOUT THE SMEAL ALUMNI SOCIETY BOARD (Host of Impact Smeal Day)

Registration 
8:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Visit the registration table in the Business Building Atrium to receive your name tag and schedule for the day. The day is designed so that you can come and go according to your schedule.

 

Session 1 (choose one)
8:30 - 9:20 a.m. (light breakfast items will be available)

Paul Clifford, CEO of the Penn State Alumni Association
Paul Clifford was named the the chief executive officer of the Alumni Association in January. Hear about his first 10 months on the job, and what is new and exciting in the Penn State alumni world.   

Meet With Your Protege or Student Group
If you are a part of Smeal's formal Mentoring Program or Alumni Adviser Program, you can choose to spend time with your protege or student group. Please contact your protege and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas, located in the Atrium of the Business Building, for your individual or group meetings.


Session 2 (choose one)
9:30 - 10:20 a.m. (light breakfast items will be available)

R.B. Harrison, Chief Omnichannel Officer with Macy's
Robert B. (R.B.) Harrison '86 has been Macy’s, Inc.’s chief omnichannel officer since January 2013. In February 2015, he assumed responsibility for the technology infrastructure, programming, site development and analytics for macys.com and bloomingdales.com, bringing all of the company’s technology capabilities under a single executive officer. R.B. will discuss how Macy's is working to be effective and profitable in an industry that is changing. 

Meet With Your Protege or Student Group
If you are a part of Smeal's formal Mentoring Program or Alumni Adviser Program, you can choose to spend time with your protege or student group. Please contact your protege and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas, located in the Atrium of the Business Building, for your individual or group meetings. 


Session 3 (choose one)
10:30 - 11:10 a.m. 

Student Organization Presentations
Smeal has more than 40 student organizations, serving as opportunities for students to gain various skills and experiences outside of the classroom. On Impact Smeal Day, a few of these organizations will be prepared to give you the inside scoop on their organization's initiatives. During this interactive session, you'll also have the chance to ask questions and give feedback to the group(s) you hear from. 

Conduct a Mock Interview with a Student
Spend time helping a student practice their answers to some of the more challenging interview questions. This exercise can make a huge impact on their confidence going into a real interview in the future! Due to space constraints, there are very limited spots for these sessions. You will spend the 50 minutes with one student, introducing yourselves, asking/answering several interview questions, and then discussing feedback and answers that can be improved.

Meet With Your Protege or Student Group
If you are a part of Smeal's formal Mentoring Program or Alumni Adviser Program, you can choose to spend time with your protege or student group. Please contact your protege and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas, located in the Atrium of the Business Building, for your individual or group meetings. 

 

Session 4 (choose one)
11:15 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Task Force Breakout Sessions

Task Forces focus on topics that our Alumni Society Board has identified as important areas in which our alumni community can help Smeal. During this session, you can learn and contribute ideas on a particular topic, and if you choose to do so, the groups can also provide you with the opportunity to stay connected and involved in one or more projects throughout the year. The task forces meet in person during the Fall and Spring Impact Smeal Days, and in the meantime, they meet via e-mail and conference call. If you wish, you will be given the opportunity to give your contact information to the Task Force Chair at the end of the meeting to stay connected. 

Task Force Breakout Session: Affiliate Program Groups
The Affiliate Program Groups Task Force is currently assisting the college with our regional alumni engagement in D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City, Chicago, Southern CA, and Central PA. The Task Force discusses strategy for these groups in the areas of membership, executive team succession planning, marketing, sponsorship, etc. 

Task Force Breakout Session: Alumni Engagement
The Alumni Engagement Task Force is currently assisting the college with improving the Alumni Adviser Program and developing a Young Alumni Council initiative. 

Task Force Breakout Session: Mentoring
The Mentoring Task Force is currently assisting the college by analyzing the college's formal Mentoring Program and determining goals for growth.

Task Force Breakout Session: Student Engagement
The Student Engagement Task Force is currently assisting the college with projects associated with the effort to improve the experience of change of location students (students coming to Smeal from a Commonwealth Campus in their junior year).

Take a 20-minute Tour of the Business Building
This will be a student-led tour of one of the most beautiful business school facilities in the world. 

Conduct a Mock Interview with a Student
Spend time helping a student practice their answers to some of the more challenging interview questions. This exercise can make a huge impact on their confidence going into a real interview in the future! Due to space constraints, there are very limited spots for these sessions. You will spend the 50 minutes with one student, introducing yourselves, asking/answering several interview questions, and then discussing feedback and answers that can be improved.

Meet With Your Protege or Student Group
If you are a part of Smeal's formal Mentoring Program or Alumni Adviser Program, you can choose to spend time with your protege or student group. Please contact your protege and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas, located in the Atrium of the Business Building, for your individual or group meetings.


Impact Smeal Day Attendee Luncheon
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Enjoy a networking luncheon with student proteges from Smeal's formal Mentoring Program, alumni mentors, and other Impact Smeal Day alumni attendees.

 

Session 5 (choose one)
1:40 - 2:30 p.m.

Career Insights Discussions

During each session, a moderator will ask the alumni in the audience general questions about experiences in that particular industry. Alumni can take turns sharing their advice and insights and students will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions. The last 10 minutes of the session will be for open networking with the attendees. 

Accounting

Finance & Risk Management

Marketing, Sales, and Management

Supply Chain and Management Information Systems

Entrepreneurship

Consulting

Conduct a Mock Interview with a Student
Spend time helping a student practice their answers to some of the more challenging interview questions. This exercise can make a huge impact on their confidence going into a real interview in the future! Due to space constraints, there are very limited spots for these sessions. You will spend the 50 minutes with one student, introducing yourselves, asking/answering several interview questions, and then discussing feedback and answers that can be improved.

Meet With Your Protege or Student Group
If you are a part of Smeal's formal Mentoring Program or Alumni Adviser Program, you can choose to spend time with your protege or student group. Please contact your protege and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas, located in the Atrium of the Business Building, for your individual or group meetings.


Session 6 (choose one)
2:35 - 3:25 p.m. 

The Transition to the Workplace
Alumni will share experiences about what it's like to transition from being a student to being an intern or professional.  

Taking the "work" out of Networking
Networking can be scary for students. In this session, alumni will get to share some of the most effective and easy ways to overcome this fear and start to build a network. 

Career Lessons Learned - Challenging Situations & Conversations in the Workplace
Alumni can share how they dealt with challenging experiences such as difficult colleagues, being a good team member, conversations with a supervisor, and more. 

Interviewing with Technology - Tips for Success
Interviewing over Skype is becoming more and more common. Tips will be shared on how to best prepare for this type of interview, and alumni can give their thoughts and insights on general interview tips as well. 

LinkedIn is Your Friend
Alumni and students can learn some of the most valuable features of LinkedIn and have a discussion about the power of this tool for promoting yourself, networking, and job searches. 

Conduct a Mock Interview with a Student
Spend time helping a student practice their answers to some of the more challenging interview questions. This exercise can make a huge impact on their confidence going into a real interview in the future! Due to space constraints, there are very limited spots for these sessions. You will spend the 50 minutes with one student, introducing yourselves, asking/answering several interview questions, and then discussing feedback and answers that can be improved.

Meet With Your Protege or Student Group
If you are a part of Smeal's formal Mentoring Program or Alumni Adviser Program, you can choose to spend time with your protege or student group. Please contact your protege and coordinate your meeting together. Feel free to use the public seating areas, located in the Atrium of the Business Building, for your individual or group meetings.

 

Session 7
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

State of the College with Dean Whiteman and Alumni Society Open Board Meeting

Learn about what is new at the Smeal College from Dean Whiteman during an interactive Q&A session. Then, hear brief updates on the alumni society and Task Force work. 

Pre-Game Reception 
5:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Business Building Atrium

Join us for a reception in the Business Building to kick off the Penn State vs. Iowa game weekend. Hors d'oeuvres and a beer and wine bar will be available.