2016 S.T.A.R.T. Agenda

2016 START Conference Agenda

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


Conference Agenda for Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Thursday, March 31st, 2016
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:

By: Rod Adams

US Recruiting Leader for PwC

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Breakout Session 1
  • "Leveraging Generational Intelligence"

Sean Ranson - Altria

Understanding the perspective of companies, colleagues and customers across the generations for improved performance. 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.

  • "Developing the Global Mindset"

Enrique Ortiz Ortega -KPMG

Curious how to take your career global? Come hear one of KPMG’s top performers on how he has taken advantage of KPMG’s global opportunities, and learn about the Go Global opportunities available to you through KPMG. From Summer Leaderships, to Internships, to Global Rotations once you start full-time, KPMG is the place to be to launch your career!

  • "An Educational Perspective of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability"

Duane M. Bullock - Penn State University

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

Breakout Session 2

Women hold nearly 52% of all professional level-jobs, yet they significantly lag behind the male population when it comes to their representation in leadership positions. Currently, only 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are female. This interactive and engaging workshop explores the cultural and structural barriers that have prevented the gender gap from narrowing in the corporate world, and provides ways in which women can overcome these obstacles to rise to the top. This workshop focuses on the importance of resilience and adaptability, as well effective communication and strong mentors and networks in achieving success - for both women and men alike. Not only will the workshop highlight the relevance of this issue in the world today, but it will also offer a unique perspective on a more personal level through an exclusive panel discussion. We hope to see you there!

  • "Panel Discussion: Global Business Etiquette"


This interactive panel based workshop will discuss the business culture of several countries around the world as well as ways for participants to become culturally aware. This workshop will help prepare participants entering into the global marketplace and will offer participants an opportunity to test their knowledge of cultures around the world.

  • "How to feel at home in your new job: Adjusting to the corporate environment"

-Brian Schwartz, GM

Teams of students will be presented with scenarios that a new-hire might experience in the corporate environment. Teams will be judged based on how they respond to the situation. There will be multiple rounds with different situations and scenarios for the different teams to work through. This session will give students time to work amongst themselves and try to problem solve. At the conclusion of each round, we will have one representative from the group discuss what the team’s decision was. This workshop will serve as a kind of live case study for the students and enable them to get an idea of some of the challenges and situations they may find themselves in.

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

Lunch and Closing Remarks

Keynote Speaker:

Wanda Bryant Hope

(PSU Alum)

Chief Diversity Officer for Johnson & Johnson


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

First Place: Olga Dorabiala – Senior, Mathematics

Second Place: Adam Lewis – Senior, Supply Chain and Information Systems

Third Place: Indigo Murray – Sophomore, Liberal Arts