2014 S.T.A.R.T. Agenda

2014 Conference Agenda

Nittany Lion Inn
Penn State
200 West Park Avenue
University Park, PA 16803

Conference Agenda for Friday, March 28, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
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.


Welcome, Ballroom CDE

Morning Keynote, Ken Bouyer, EY Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting



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

Breakout Session 1

"Unconscious Bias" Deborah Wilkins, Shell,

Penn State Room

Could you be discriminating  against others without knowing it?

Unconscious Bias refers to how we make choices and decisions that negatively impact one group to the benefit of other groups, all the while believing our choices and decisions are totally unbiased.  Unchecked, unconscious bias can reduce productivity, learning, and engagement.  You will have the opportunity to learn more about this phenomenon, reflect on how it impacts you and those around you, and obtain practical tips for reducing the impact of hidden bias.

"College to Career; Generational Differences in the Workplace"
Jeannine Bedford, Kohls,

Mt. Nittany Room

Come find out how to make the transition from backpack to briefcase a little easier and how you can jumpstart your career by understanding today's workplace dynamics.

"The World Is Our Campus" Ken Bouyer and  Gioia Pisano, EY,

Ballroom AB

We live in a diverse and multicultural world.  In order to be successful we must be able to build relationships, team and lead groups of people that have different perspectives, cultures and experiences than we do.  While most of us know this intellectually, what does it mean in terms of day-to-day behaviors?  In this interactive session, we will explore how to develop the skills, behaviors and habits right now at your university. Together, with  faculty, staff, student and employer's perspectives, we will explore concepts such as  frame of reference, insider/outsider dynamic and inclusive leadership. The take away message.. prepare now on campus!  So be prepared to do some things a little differently, a little better.


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

Breakout Session 2

“Internships: How to Make the Most of Them. How to Turn them in to a Full-Time Job” Amber Sike, Drew Fogel, Kelly Liszewski, and Jillian Roberts, Target

Penn State Room

Our team will be discussing the importance of interns, the different avenues students can go about to ensure they get an internship, and specific actions they can take to ensure that they are asked to come back as full-time employees, upon graduatin


"Gender Differences in the Workplace: An Interactive Workshop" Kelly Naudain, Altria

Mt. Nittany Room

This workshop will explore gender differences in the news as it relates to business, how men and women differ in the workplace and what biological and societal influences impact these differences.  Finally, we will explore how men and women can embrace their differences and work together most productively.


“TEDxJNJ Presents The Healthcare Challenge:  Addressing Diversity in the Marketplace Through Leadership” Alissa Lynch, Vice President of Sales Strategy, Johnson & Johnson,

Ballroom AB

Healthcare in America is changing at a rapid pace.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to bring approximately 30 million lives into the healthcare system, a step in the right direction as this country confronts an aging population and rise in chronic diseases.  But the nearly 50 million Americans who are part of the low income population face healthcare choices of a very different kind.  Rather than choosing between whether or not they want a health care plan to be in- or out-of-network, low income consumers are choosing between taking the time to see a doctor or going to work so they don’t lose their jobs.  They’re making trade-offs between paying for surgery and feeding their families.


In this workshop, you’ll hear about what Johnson & Johnson is doing to address this challenge through our  Credo.  And how you can leverage the same tactics to build your own personal leadership model.   Learn how you can make your mark on the world – starting at Penn State and beyond.

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


Lunch and Closing Remarks, Ballroom CDE


Keynote Speaker: US Securities and Exchange Commissioner, Dr. Michael S. Piwowar

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

Third Place: Lisa Chiobi, First-year, Business Administration

Second Place: Davon Clark, First-year, Education

First Place: Lydia Scheel, First-year, Energy,   Business & Finance


Luncheon Entertainment

Urban Fusion: Urban Fusion is a local band specializing in jazz and R&B. Members include Gary Abdullah and Dr. Andrew Jackson, both affiliated with Penn State and the College of Education. Joining the group is Eric Ian Farmer, a Ph.D. student at Penn State.

Filipino Association: Founded in 1989, the Penn State Filipino Association (PSFA) aims to represent the Filipino community of Penn State and promote interaction of the members among themselves and the community at large.




2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

Networking Session, presented by Target

Open opportunity for corporate representatives and students to interact. Companies include: Altria, Boeing, BP, Johnson & Johnson, Kohl's, Target & US Steel.