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2015 Conference Agenda

S.T.A.R.T. ConferenceNittany Lion Inn
Penn State
200 West Park Avenue
University Park, PA 16803

Conference Agenda for Friday, March 27, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
Time Event

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Registration/Check-in, Nittany Lion Inn Atrium

9:45 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.



    Morning Keynote Speaker:

    "Leadership that Defines your Destiny"

    By: Ethel Mangum, Regional Vice-President for the Mid-Atlantic region, Kohl’s


    10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

    Breakout Session 1

    • KPMG-  "LGBT in the Workforce- Bringing Your Whole Self to Work"

           By:  Trey Patterson, Director Advisory, IA & SOAS               Strategic Sourcing

           -Is it possible to have a successful career, being your true self?  How can you tell if a company truly values individuality during the interview process?  Do I need to go back in the closet when I start my job?  When is it appropriate to “come out” to your employer?  Join us for this candid discussion and interactive session.

    • Target- "Using your diverse communication styles to give and receive feedback"

           By: Renee Gardner, Sr Field Campus Recruiter & Jeremy Thomas, HR Business Partner

           - Wouldn’t it be great if we could all say the right things at all the right times creating all the business and development results we want?

    Unfortunately we are all too limited to do that all the time. I am limited to my observations, just as you are limited to yours. We haven’t any hope of achieving these amazing results alone. But together—we can be unstoppable.  In this training, participants are going to learn to appreciate each other on a new level—and learn how the person sitting next to you can offer you a surprising and effective practice, as you learn Why we give feedback and HOW to effectively deliver feedback to people, whether on a school team, work group, or while volunteering.  These tactics will be useful to anyone as they seek to become stronger, more empowered leaders.


    • AT&T- “Don't be intimidated: Success for (Women) in Technology Sales"

           By: Tiffany Baehman, VPGM Liberty States, AT&T

           -Do you avoid sales because of the fear of rejection or the thought of relying on commission? Does the technology field seem daunting, too much to learn, and out of the reach of a Business major? Sales is one of the most financially lucrative careers, and teaches transferable skills that can be utilized in ANY business career, yet the idea of “selling as a career” strikes fear into many undergraduates.  Hear from one of AT&T’s most successful female leaders describe her career, what makes a professional sales executive, and how sales can jumpstart ANYONE’s career!





      11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m

      Breakout Session 2

      • EY- "The Diversity of your career plan- how inclusive can it be"

              -This interactive panel based workshop will suggest some life-like ways to approach your career plan with to goal of bringing your whole self to the table when seeking internships and full time positions. Panelists will include recent EY interns and staff to share their world class examples of how you can best present yourself on a resume, online and in person.


      • GM- "Negotiation in 21st century business"

              By: Ian Davidson, Sr Buyer

                - Technology has made leaps and bound in the past decades, but how about the art of negotiation in business? Have business practices advanced to match our new found technology? Come learn how tolerance, diversity, and the internet play a role in negotiating for a high dollar contract, or for that new job! Also, try out your negotiating skills against your peers in a simulated business game!

      • Altria- Leveraging Generational Intelligence (GQ)      

             By: Kelly Naudain, District Manager

            - Currently there are four different generations in our
      workplace, each with different world views, communication styles and
      motivations, all trying to provide value to the company and customers alike.
      This interactive, engaging workshop will provide you an introduction to
      generational intelligence, a portrait of the four generations, uncover
      potential trouble spots and teach you strategies for success.



                12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

                Lunch and Closing Remarks


                Keynote Speaker:

                Coquese Washington, Head Coach, Penn State Women’s Basketball


                S.T.A.R.T. Diversity Award Student Presentations

                  Third Place: Amy Lin

                  Second Place: Rhoda Moise

                  First Place: Jalon Alexander


                  Luncheon Entertainment