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Each year, various departments and units at the Penn State Smeal College of Business host conferences that connect students, faculty, staff, and alumni to top-level business people in their fields and to each other.

Powerful Women Paving the Way

The Powerful Women Paving the Way conference bridges students and professionals in a celebration of women in business. This professional development and networking opportunity provides inspirational perspectives from accomplished leaders, issues-based insights and applicable knowledge, and connections that will last a lifetime.

S.T.A.R.T. Conference

The S.T.A.R.T. Conference, or Striving Toward Awareness and Respect for Tomorrow, focuses on business issues in diversity through connecting industry, academia, and the community. The conference provides students with an opportunity to network with corporate representatives, explore career paths, and gain insight into the corporate climate of presenting companies.

Executive MBA Women's Leadership Forum

The Women's Leadership Forum, presented by the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program, provides area businesswomen with a platform to talk about issues facing them in the business world today. Participants are offered an opportunity to network and to think creatively about the future of their careers.