Impact Smeal Day - Friday, March 20, 2015

Impact Smeal Day

 

Impact Smeal Day will provide alumni with the opportunity to return to campus to reconnect with the college and engage in a number of activities. From connecting with current students and hearing about faculty research to networking with other alumni, this day will offer something for everyone from recent graduates to retirees! REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. 

Dress is business casual attire. Bring your business cards to share.

Directions and parking information for the Business Building

Registration & Continental Breakfast 
8:00 a.m.

Visit the Registration & Information table in the Business Building Atrium to receive your name tag and schedule for the day. Please join us for a casual continental breakfast until 8:40 a.m. The registration table will remain open from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., should you have any questions during your visit to campus.


CandidCareer Filming Session
Various times throughout the day

CandidCareer is a tool for current students to review short informational videos of alumni discussing their careers. In the videos, alumni answer a series of questions about their job and offer career advice.

If you are interested in being considered for a 30-minute filming session, please check off "Candid Career" on the registration form, and a member of Smeal's Alumni Career Services team will contact you.

 

Session 1 (Choose one)
8:45 - 10:00 a.m.

Net Impact Student Organization & Presentation by Professor Al Vicere
The day will kick off with participants hearing from some of Smeal's best students and faculty! The mission of the Penn State Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Al Vicere is a Professor of Strategic Leadership for Penn State's Executive Education program, and also teaches for the MBA Programs at Smeal. He will discuss “Strategic Leadership in a World of Change”.

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)
10:10 - 11:25 a.m.

Task Force Breakout Sessions

If you are interested in continuing your involvement with Smeal beyond Impact Smeal Day, consider attending a Task Force Breakout Session. Task Forces 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 do not wish to commit to one of these on-going initiatives, please feel free to attend one of the other activities during Session 2.

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, and Pittsburgh, as well as identifying opportunities for APGs in other cities.

Task Force Breakout Session: Alumni Engagement
The Alumni Engagement Task Force is currently assisting the college with a number of initiatives including alumni-to-alumni mentoring, opportunities to engage young alumni, and more.

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 identifying and coordinating alumni-student engagement opportunities from student orientation to graduation.

Diversity Enhancement Programs at Smeal/Followed by a Tour of the Business Building
Hear from Assistant Dean for Diversity Programs, Jamie Campbell about all of the initiatives that take place in order to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion the Smeal College community. This session will be followed by a tour of the Business Building, for those who are interested. 

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
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 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 3 (Choose one)
12:40 - 1:40 p.m.


Identifying & Communicating Your Leadership Skills
Recruiters consistently cite leadership attributes as a top skill in identification of talent for the workplace. Employer polls show that students lack an ability to communicate leadership skills. In this session, a moderator will explain the KornFerry attribute model and discuss building awareness around individual leadership strengths and weaknesses. Then, alumni will get the opportunity to help students practice communicating their specific leadership strengths, with the idea of helping them prepare to be able to do this more comfortably in recruitment and interview settings. Those attending this session should take the KornFerry Leadership Assessment, which will give you your 5 leadership strengths. Write down these 5 strengths and bring them with you. The assessment will take less than 10 minutes to complete. 

Understanding Your Emotional Intelligence
Understanding emotional intelligence can help students develop the soft skills needed to not only transition well to the workplace, but to also begin building skills for leadership roles. In this session, a moderator will define emotional intelligence and discuss why it is important to build self-awareness, especially in a work environment. Alumni will have the opportunity to share experiences where emotional intelligence helped them overcome a professional challenge, or a time where having a better understanding of emotional intelligence might have been beneficial for themselves or a colleague. 

Communicating Effectively & Professionally
Communication is a top skill identified by employers for successful hires and is also one of the number one skill-gaps for students transitioning to the workplace. During this session, a moderator will help identify different communication styles and behaviors, and alumni can share personal accounts of times when they encountered good and bad communication in the workplace. Finally, students and alumni will take part in a writing challenge, allowing alumni to further assist students in learning the importance of professional communication. 

Generational Differences in the Workplace
Successful transition to the workplace includes an understanding of the generational differences that exist among colleagues. In this session, students and alumni will take a short assessment, helping them understand which generation they identify with most closely. A moderator will further explain the work-style preferences of the four generations, and alumni will be encouraged to share their personal experiences of interacting with various generations in the workplace. The purpose of the session is to help both students and alumni develop strategies for effective relationships.

Women and Money: Unique Challenges & Opportunities (Virtual Session)  
Farnoosh Torabi ('02 Finance & International Business) is a personal finance expert, bestselling author, TV personality, and sought-after speaker. Her mission is to help people take control of their finances so they can live their richest, happiest lives. She has personally coached a wide range of audiences, from college students, to couples, to executives at Fortune 500 firms. Farnoosh is a contributing editor at Money Magazine and frequent contributor to DailyWorth, Yahoo! and The Today Show. The New York Times calls her advice, “perfectly practical.” Her latest book is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is entitled When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women. In this virtual session, Farnoosh will discuss the Power of Money as it relates to the unique challenges and opportunities that women encounter. This is a Shaping the Future Summit 2015 event.  

Meet With Your Protege or Student Group
If you are a part of Smea'ls 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)
1:50 - 2:50 p.m.

Speed Networking Activity with Students & Alumni
This event will be an opportunity for Smeal students to network with alumni, and also for alumni to network with each other! The event will be moderated, so that everyone in attendance divides into sections of the room, based on a specific category. You will have several minutes to chat with someone (or a small group of folks) in your area, and then be asked to shift gears and speak to someone else. The entire group will be mixed up a few times, with new categories presented to keep everyone moving and engaged. Students will be asked to come prepared to give their 30-second pitch to alumni, which will serve as an ice-breaker for each new conversation. 

Meet With Your Protege or Student Group
If you are a part of Smea'ls 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.


State of the College by Dean Whiteman & Smeal Alumni Society Open Board Meeting
3:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Dean Whiteman will give an update on important and exciting things that are happening at Smeal, including the opportunity for Q&A. His presentation will be followed by the Smeal Alumni Society Open Board Meeting, where brief updates will be given on the alumni society, task force work, and other areas of interest. 

Alumni Society Board Awards Program & Hammond Society Dinner at the Penn Stater
Reception 6:00 p.m.; Dinner 7:00 p.m.; Dessert Social to follow

Join us for this annual event where we will recognize Smeal alumni and students for their achievements and dedication to the college. A reception and silent auction will kick-off the evening, followed by dinner and the formal program. The evening will conclude with a dessert social.