2022 Conference Agenda Overview

Schedule of events for the 2022 Powerful Women Paving the Way Conference.


Thursday, April 21, 2022
Time Event

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



Kathryn Dougherty, '09 Founder, Spritz Beverages Co.

Friday, April 22, 2022

 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction

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

Morning Keynote

Anne Beiler, Founder, Auntie Anne's


9:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • The New Normal:  Transitioning back to hybrid and in-person life events can be challenging. What do we need to know to be successful professionally in this changing way of doing business?

  • Networking IRL:  Networking tips and best practices. How can you portray your best self in different professional settings?

  • Pay It Forward:  Learn the basics of financial literacy: negotiating salaries, managing finances, and investments.

  • Women in Leadership Fireside Chat:  Hear from JP Phillips and Jolene Christensen, two Vice Presidents of HR at Kohl's. They will discuss their journey as a woman in the business world, challenges they've faced, and advice they are excited to share! 

10:40 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Energy Bursts with Lori Gravish Hurtack, Penn State Kinesiology
10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

PWPW Talks - Mary Beth Trypus, '87 Chief Revenue Officer, Vera Bradley

  • Join us to hear about Mary Beth Trypus's insight on creating the best version of yourself, and focusing on who you would like to be, as opposed to what you would like to be. She will teach us how to better represent ourselves and build upon our personal brands. Trypus will discuss experiences from her own life, allowing our audience to gain valuable advice and create new goals for their own lives. After gaining insight on such an important topic, our panelist is happy to answer any questions!
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Energy Bursts with Stacey Nowicki, Penn State Kinesiology

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote

Jessica Rusu, '01 Chief Data, Information, and Intelligence Officer, Financial Conduct Authority 

2:10 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Fighting Failures: Let's discuss the concept of the Glass Cliff, with women in power during times of crisis, as well as speakers' own mistakes and how to grow from them.
  • Changing Lanes:  We are always focused on our first job, but how do we navigate changes mid-career?

  • When Worlds Collide:  Let's speak to the concept of team intersections and its importance to a successful workplace.
3:05 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Door Prize Boxes