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Breakout Sessions

The following three topics will be covered in repeated breakout sessions; the first occurring from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and the second from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Possible Selves: Experimenting with Professional Identity

Presented by Dr. Glen Kreiner, Associate Professor of Management, Smeal College of Business

Can you really change who you are? One school of thought is that identity is so enduring, so stable, and so central that it cannot easily be changed. Another school of thought, however, has shown that we can experiment with "possible selves," or alternate aspects of who we might be or might become in the future.

In this session, we'll focus on how to experiment with your professional identity--alternate and potential selves for the way you envision your profession and career. We'll include specific techniques to craft and execute these possible selves, including the "reflected best self," "experiment plans," and "feed forward."

Glen KreinerAbout the Facilitator:

Dr. Glen Kreiner, Smeal Associate Professor of Management, received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Communications and a Master's of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University. Kreiner currently serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review and Organization Science. Research areas include professional identity, role transitions, and social identification. His research has been recognized through several prestigious awards, including from the Academy of Management's Organizational Behavior Division for Best Conference Paper, 2006, for "Boundary work tactics: Negotiating the work-home interface"; and Outstanding Publication, 2007, for "Where is the 'Me' among the 'We': Identity work and the search for optimal balance".

Beyond Words: Exploring Nonverbal Communication in Business

Presented by Dr. Nancy Ross Mahon, Communications Instructor, Smeal College of Business

“A smile is worth a thousand words.”
“The eyes are windows to the soul.”

“Stop frowning…your face will freeze that way!”

“Do not slouch…stand up straight.”
“Stop pacing…you’ll wear a hole in the carpet!”

Most of us have heard these or similar admonitions. Yet how meaningful are they? Do facial expressions, eye contact, posture, and other nonverbal cues affect how we perceive others? Do they impact how others perceive us?

This interactive session will consider these questions and examine the importance of nonverbal communication in business. Discussion, examples, and informal activities will explore the function of nonverbal communication in business. By the end of the session, you will gain an enhanced appreciation for the role nonverbal communication plays in our business lives.

Nancy MahonAbout the facilitator:

Dr. Nancy Ross Mahon is a faculty member of Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. Her area of expertise is business communication, ranging from oral, written, and graphic presentation skills. Before joining Smeal, she was a faculty member in Penn State’s College of Liberal Arts, where she taught courses in public speaking, group communication, pedagogy, and English as a second language. Mahon also served as Communications Director for Penn State’s Finance and Business Organization. Prior to joining the University, Mahon directed public relations efforts for a Long Island, NY school system. Mahon is committed to working with students to improve their communication and leadership skills.


Crafting Your Future: Leading with Purpose

Presented by Victoria Guthrie, Senior Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership

Leading and art are closely interconnected – both are making meaning for others. In his book Artful Work, Dick Richards writes “While all work can be artful, leading absolutely requires artfulness in a way that other work does not - because leadership involves vision and human energy.”

Take an excursion away from verbal, cognitive, and written words to create an artwork that captures what is important to you in your leadership journey, a touchstone.

This “express” workshop offers a special opportunity to celebrate the skills and talents you bring to your life, your family, and your leadership. The Touchstone activity will move you out of your accustomed mode of thinking and get you thinking in different terms as you reflect on where you’ve been, envision where you next want to go and represent these intentions in a tangible object.

Victoria GuthrieAbout the facilitator:

Victoria Guthrie, Senior Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership, is an author, program designer, executive coach, global leadership development specialist and mother, wife, sister and friend. Prior to joining the Center, she was with Xerox Corporation in Rochester, NY and Philadelphia, Pa. She holds a degree in management from Guilford College and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management. Her publications include Leading with Purpose:  Where It All Begins (2002) and Coaching for Action: A Report of Long-term Advising in a Program Context. (CCL®, 1999).