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2014 Conference Agenda Overview

Thursday, April 24, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.                

"Pump Up the Power" Networking Reception: Melissa Gonzalez, CEO and Founder, Lionesque Group, Women in Business Founding President

New this year, this is an opportunity for students, alumni and professionals to network.

Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.                      

Networking Dinner, Bob Moritz, Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC
Dinner sponsored by PwC

Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom

Friday, April 25, 2014
8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast
Sponsored by EY

**The conference will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center

Dean's Hall

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction

Dean's Hall

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Morning Keynote Fireside Chat: Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY

Dean's Hall

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Session I:

  • Internships at a Glance (Student Focus):  An overview of internships for students who are looking to kick-start their career, to include what to expect, different industries and how to succeed
  • Subtle Sexism in Business (Professional Focus):  Theory and research illustrating the content, causes and consequence of subtle sexism as well as possible interventions.
  • Become Tech-Savvy: Applications & Techniques that can be Maximized for Professional Usage (Mixed Focus):  What are important apps and techniques to know in today's business world and how you can put them to use
    11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Breakout Session II

    • Develop Your Brand: Stand Out Among Others (Student Focus): Steps to standing out, techniques for branding yourself and how to market yourself in a large group
    • Women in the Workplace: Entrepreneurship (Professional Focus): Various ways to utilize entrepreneurial skills and be an entrepreneur within your career
    • Emotional Intelligence in Technology & Business (Mixed Focus): When and how to effectively network and who to network with in a competitive business world, including appropriate topics of discussion and how to address the dreaded "awkward silence"
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Networking Lunch with Keynote: Karen Carter, Executive Vice President of North America Gas & Power Trading, BP
    Lunch sponsored by BP

    Dean's Hall

    1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Group Breakout Session

    • The PITA Principle: How to Cope With (and Avoid Becoming) a Pain: Bob Orndorff, Author & Associate Director, Employer Relations and Counseling, Penn State Career Services
    Dean's Hall

    2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Breakout Session III

    • Women Building Businesses (Student Focus): The importance of women running their own businesses including how to run a business, how to do so while balancing one's personal life and how to be a leader in addition to an owner
    • Applying the Lessons of Business to Solving Tomorrow's Challenges: Skills-Based Volunteering int he Non-Profit Sector (Professional Focus): How to translate the skills you have gained in the business world to volunteerism
    • Lean In Circles (Mixed Focus): An overview of Lean In, Lean In Circles and lessons learned

    3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


    Dean's Hall