2015 Senior Transitions Conference: Schedule & Session Topics


Conference Schedule:

Conference Location: Red Lion Harrisburg East - Harrisburg, PA

 

Saturday, November 7

9:00-10:00am: Registration and Check-In (Hotel Lobby)

10:00-10:20am: Welcome from Conference Committee and PSECU

10:30-11:30am: Opening Keynote Speaker

          Keynote: "Effective Communication in the Workplace" - Ms. Mary Falkenstern, Speech Language Pathologist

11:45am-1:00pm: Lunch

1:15-2:15pm: Concurrent Sessions #1

Option 1: "Evaluating the Job Offer & Benefits Package" - Mr. Jim Scott, CareerChoiceFirst
Option 2: "I Owe What? Your Student Loans, Your Debt, Your Payments" - Ms. Marla Kane, PHEAA

Option 3: "Job Search Strategies" - Ms. Erica Smith, Enterprise Holdings and Ms. Katy Rush, Penn State Harrisburg
Option 4: "Oh, the Place You'll Go: Exploring the Benefits of Service Opportunities After Graduation" - Ms. Sara Metzger, Teach for America; Ms. Rachel Brown, Peace Corps; Ms. Lauren Wright, former AmeriCorps Volunteer

2:30-3:30pm: Concurrent Sessions #2

Option 1: "Evaluating the Job Offer & Benefits Package" - Mr. Jim Scott, CareerChoiceFirst
Option 2
: "I Owe What? Your Student Loans, Your Debt, Your Payments" - Ms. Marla Kane, PHEAA
Option 3
: "Job Search Strategies" - Ms. Erica Smith, Enterprise Holdings and Ms. Katy Rush, Penn State Harrisburg
Option 4
: "Digging up DIRT on Your Co-Workers: Understanding Personalities in the Workplace" - Ms. Chris MacGill, Penn State University

3:45-4:45pm: Concurrent Sessions #3

Option 1: "The Graduate School Research Process: Asking the Right Questions and Doing Your Homework" - Dr. Don Martin, Grad School Roadmap
Option 2: "Your Wallet to the World: The Ripple Effect of Personal Finance" - Ms. Sara Weiser, PSECU
Option 3: "On the road to Great Leadership: Pathfinders and Trailblazers, Which are You?" - Mr. Albert Jones, First Quality Products
Option 4: "How to Have an Effective LinkedIn Presence" - Ms. Tracie Burton, Thrivent Financial

5:00-5:45pm: "How to Network: Life-Long Networking" - Ms. Barbara Nichols, Milton Hershey School

5:45-6:30pm: Networking Social - network with alumni and professionals from around the state

6:45pm: Dinner on your own (buses to downtown Harrisburg may be available) and free/networking time

 

Sunday, November 8 - Students will follow an individualized Sunday schedule.

8:00-8:50am: Breakfast and Overview of the Day's Events

9:00-Noon: Mock Interviews with Alumni and Professionals

9:00-11:45am: Knowledge Sessions

Session: "Employer Panel: Resumes that Get You to Work" - Ms. Jennifer Klinger, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts; Mr. Daniel Lutinski, Commonwealth of PA; Ms. Joan Welker, Lock Haven University

Session: "Interviewing Skills: What Employers are Looking For" - Ms. Jason Williamson, Entrepreneur/Business Owner

Noon-1:30pm: Lunch and Closing Keynote Speaker

Keynote: "A Thousand Ways to Get There From Here (even if you don't know where "there" is, yet)" - Mr. Brett Simpson, Principal Partner, LEEP

1:30pm: Closing Remarks and Final Giveaways (must be present to win)