Central Penn College - Alumni Leadership Conference

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Alumni Leadership Conference

August 22, 2017

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Central Penn College's Alumni Leadership Conference is a one-day professional development conference for alumni, students and the community. Whether you are a working adult, young professional or student, we’re excited to help you learn new leadership skills, expand your business network, make career connections or share expertise with current Central Penn College students.

The conference allows you to attend an inspirational keynote, a networking reception and four valuable sessions (Early Career track for young alumni & students; Professional track for career professionals). The conference is sponsored by The Central Penn College Education Foundation.

Those unable to attend or who live outside the area may participate by signing up to watch the keynote session online at no cost.

  • Free LinkedIn profile reviews and professional headshots.
  • At the lunchtime networking reception, give advice to attendees or bring your resume. Career Services will be available for resume reviews during the networking reception and at the end of the conference. Bring your questions for Central Penn alumni from different career paths who will give advice on how to stand out as a leader in your profession.
  • Specifically designed for CPC alumni and students, this event is also open to community members interested in enhancing their leadership skills. West Shore, Carlisle, Harrisburg and Lancaster Young Professional groups are invited to attend at the discounted student cost.
  • Campus tours are available at the end of the day.
  • The conference cost includes admission to 5 conference sessions, continental breakfast, leadership luncheon and networking reception.

Top 3 Features

Gain the confidence and motivation to apply yourself as a leader

Develop important skills in leadership, branding and problem solving

Learn how to become an alumni leader at Central Penn


REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED

keynote speaker

Keynote speaker: Aaron Beverly '10, Project Manager, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. &
2016 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking 1st Runner Up

Keep Speaking, Keep Improving, Keep Moving

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registration (paying by cash or check, email alum@centralpenn.edu.)

ALUMNI & COMMUNITY

One (1) conference attendee registration, includes admission to all conference sessions, continental breakfast, leadership luncheon and networking reception.

$60

HARRISBURG, Carlisle, WEST SHORE & Lancaster YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

One (1) conference attendee registration, includes admission to all conference sessions, continental breakfast, leadership luncheon and networking reception.

$15

STUDENT, FACULTY, STAFF

One (1) conference attendee registration, includes admission to all conference sessions, continental breakfast, leadership luncheon and networking reception.

FREE

online keynote presentation

Free link to keynote presentation: Keep Speaking, Keep Improving, Keep Moving by Aaron Beverly '10, Account Manager, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. & 2016 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking 1st Runner Up

free

Agenda Sessions
8-8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:45 a.m. Keynote – Keep Speaking, Keep Improving, Keep Moving
10 - 10:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

  • Early Career – Communicate, Connect, and Engage for Success
  • Professional – Using Your Leadership Skills to Motivate Others
11 -11:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 2

  • Early Career – Overcoming the Millennial Stereotype
  • Professional - Be the Wave: Riding the Wave of Organizational Change
11:45 a.m.-1:20 p.m.

Education Foundation Leadership Luncheon

  • Alumni: Your Path Forward
  • Networking
1:20-2:05 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

  • Early Career – Assertive Entrepreneurship
  • Professional – Social Media: Strategic Successes & Lessons Learned
2:20-3:05 p.m.

Round Table Discussions

  • Conflict Management
  • Leadership vs. Management
  • Personal Branding
  • Becoming Alumni Leaders
3:05-3:30 p.m. Campus Tours or Resume Reviews/Career Services Assistance

* Sessions and descriptions are subject to change


Session Descriptions

Keynote: Keep Speaking, Keep Improving, Keep Moving

Aaron will discuss how he overcame his fear of public speaking. In addition he will share tips on how to practice more effectively and constantly improve your communication skills in your personal life and in the workplace.

Aaron Beverly ’10, Project Manager, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and 2016 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking 1st Runner Up

Breakout Session 1

Early Career: Communicate, Connect, and Engage for Success

To help you get a strong start to your career with skills that will always prove to be valuable, world-renowned speakers Dr. Dilip Abayasekara and Aaron Beverly combine their knowledge and career experiences to bring you this fun and highly interactive session.

You will come to grips with the skills employers most want in an employee. You will gain insights into how to use communication skills to offer value to others, build a helpful network and leverage the skills of others to create strong teams. Come communicate, connect, and engage for your success!

Aaron Beverly ’10, Account Manager, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and 2016 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking 1st Runner Up

Dr. Dilip Abayasekara, Ph.D., M.Div., Accredited Speaker, Trainer, Executive Speech Coach, Inspirational Speaker, President of Dr. Dilip, LLC, Central Penn College Faculty

Professional: Using Your Leadership Skills to Motivate Others

Join us for an interactive discussion where we’ll explore several key steps that professionals can take to invest in their leadership skills to motivate others towards action and results. You might be surprised to learn that what we often think motivates others (e.g. more money) is actually counter-productive. Research has found that there are three true elements of motivation: ownership, mastery and purpose and we’ll show you how to apply these insights into the teams you lead. You will leave this session with practical leadership tips that you can apply to your job right away.

Jennifer L. Buehler ’91, MBA, Managing Director – Investments, Financial Advisor, Buehler & McKee Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors; Three-term trustee and former board chair of the Central Penn College Education Foundation

Cami L. Ressler, M.Ed., CEO and Founder of Ressler Career and Business Solutions LLC; Board chair of the Central Penn College Education Foundation

Breakout Session 2

Early Career: Overcoming the Millennial Stereotype

What is the “Millennial” question? To be specific, why does such a bad reputation follow this generation? Roughly comprised of people between the ages of 21 and 34, Millennials are often considered entitled and narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused and lazy. This session will focus on understanding and overcoming the negative stereotype that presents itself to the current generation of college students today.

Sit down with Professor Doug Fisher and Clayton Wert – career coach and a Millennial himself – who has helped train, coach and develop this generation from college-to-career for the past five years. They'll discuss breaking past the boundaries of the stereotype, the variables of success for this generation, and identifying the tools and tactics that will propel you to begin a career full of satisfaction.

Clayton Wert ’13, Career Development Coach, App Academy; featured on The Huffington Post on career and internship expertise

Douglas Fisher, Central Penn College Faculty

Professional: Be the Wave – Riding the Wave of Organizational Change

From the melting iceberg of John Kotter, to the lyrics of Fiona Apple’s Container, we are ever reminded that our world, like the waves of the ocean, is in a constant state of change. For many individuals, organizational change seems as natural as the rising tide, for others it is unbearable. Gretchen Ramsey has been riding the waves of organizational change for the past five years. Through humor, real stories of failure and success, she brings a realistic approach to not just surviving change, but thriving through it.

Gretchen Ramsey ’15, Director, Patient Experience, Geisinger Holy Spirit

Dr. Jack Babinchak, Central Penn College Faculty, School of Business

Leadership Luncheon

Alumni: Your Path Forward

Is your path forward a straightforward one? Or is it full of zigs, zags and turns? Hear about how Central Penn opened doors for Eric Gutshall, and the amazing alumni success stories that he witnesses as Alumni Council President. Learn about how paying it forward as a graduate can create a ripple effect that can positively change the world.

Eric Gutshall ’10, Director of Constituent Services, Office of Governor Tom Wolf; Central Penn College Alumni Council President

Networking

Breakout Session 3

Early Career: Assertive Entrepreneurship

A successful entrepreneur is an assertive one. Learn from two graduates who aren’t afraid to reach for the stars – one who started a digital marketing agency and one who founded a nonprofit organization with fellow graduate Jade Harper ’15 that helps youth and young adults in underprivileged environments. Learn powerful habits and tips to gain confidence, reach your goals and build successful businesses and organizations.

Eric Kazda ’00, President, Quantum Dynamix

Leonard Chester ’15, Founder, The Overcame Foundation

William Habacivch, Assistant Professor and Program Chair of Business

Professional: Social Media: Strategic Successes & Lessons Learned

Learn from two Central Penn alumni who are leading experts in the social media field, with discussions led by Professor Paul Miller, advisor to the Knightly News Media Club.

Mike Wilson ’00, ’06, Vice President, Relationship Management at Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Partner, The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey; Owner, M.R. Wilson Group

Susan Ewing-Rathfon, Strategic Digital Marketing & Communications Manager, Gannett Fleming; Owner, SRE Strategic Consulting; Owner, Shabby Chic by Susan

Paul Miller, Media Studies, Humanities & Sciences, Central Penn College; Knightly News Media Club Advisor

Round Table Discussions

Conflict Management

  • Dillon Epler ’14, Associate Residence Life Director, Central Penn College
  • Robert Donley, Central Penn College Faculty, School of Professional Studies

Leadership vs. Management

  • Gretchen Ramsey ’15, Director, Patient Experience, Geisinger Holy Spirit
  • Dr. Jack Babinchak, Central Penn College Faculty, School of Business

Personal Branding

  • Eric Kazda ’00, President, Quantum Dynamix
  • Paul Miller, Media Studies, Humanities & Sciences, Central Penn College; Knightly News Media Club Advisor

Becoming Alumni Leaders

  • Sarah Blumenschein, Alumni Engagement Director, Central Penn College
  • Steve Hassinger, Career Services Director, Central Penn College

Campus Tours or Resume Reviews/Career Services Assistance

Aaron

Aaron Beverly ’10, Project Manager, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and 2016 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking 1st Runner Up

In August 2016, Aaron Beverly competed against more than 30,000 competitors across the globe in the Toastmasters International Speech Contest. Performing the speech, that has come to be known simply as the “57-Word Title” speech, he spoke about the power of using a few words which earned him 2nd place in what some have declared one of the toughest World Championship of Public Speaking contests ever.

Prior to stepping on the world stage, Beverly was a three-time semi-finalist in the International speech contest competing in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Washington, D.C.

Beverly has engaged audiences from companies such as Vanguard, J.P. Morgan Chase, Federal Reserve Bank, and Associations such as the National Association of Asian American Professionals, as well as educational institutions such as Drexel University, Temple University and University of Pennsylvania.

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Susan Ewing-Rathfon, Strategic Digital Marketing & Communications Manager, Gannett Fleming; Owner, SRE Strategic Consulting; Owner, Shabby Chic by Susan

Susan Ewing-Rathfon serves as strategic digital marketing & communications manager for Gannett Fleming, a leader in global infrastructure solutions for over 100 years, after leading her own firm, SRE Strategic Consulting, as digital marketing and advertising strategist for over seven years and serving as director of digital and social media for the Harrisburg Hershey Regional Visitors Bureau. A member of the International Social Media Club, Philadelphia Chapter, she serves on the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania, holds certifications related to Google Analytics and Inbound Marketing and has been a frequent presenter at social media seminars and conferences. A Forty Under 40 award recipient of the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal, she said, "I will always credit Central Penn for giving me the hands-on training, education and presentation skills that have helped shape my career in digital communications."

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson ’00, ’06, Vice President, Relationship Management at Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Partner, The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey; Owner, M.R. Wilson Group

Following his education at Central Penn, Mike Wilson completed his M.B.A., meeting his business partners shortly thereafter in 2007. Starting the vision for The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey in 2008, the partners began strategically crafting their plan for a 2012 opening of Pennsylvania’s first all-in-one winery and craft brewery. Wilson has been named to Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, and The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey has also earned Business of the Year honors from the same organization. In addition to being a partner in the winery and brewery, Wilson is a Vice President at Members 1st Federal Credit Union and directs his own public relations business, M.R. Wilson Group.

5 - Jennifer Buehler '91

Jennifer Buehler ’91, MBA, Managing Director – Investments, Financial Advisor, Buehler & McKee Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors; Three-term trustee and former board chair of the Central Penn College Education Foundation

Jennifer Buehler focuses on comprehensive wealth management services and is committed to helping her clients achieve their financial goals. She has served on many philanthropic and community-focused boards including the board of trustees for the Central Pen College Education Foundation, Junior Achievement of SouthCentral PA and the board of directors of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce and West Shore Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She also supports programs including Reading First, which promotes reading proficiency in elementary schools, Salvation Army Shoe Strut and the JA Symposium where she mentors local high school girls. In addition to her Central Penn degree, Buehler completed a B.S. in business administration with a double major in finance & management from The Pennsylvania State University. Finally, she pursued her M.B.A. at Temple University.

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Cami L. Ressler, M.Ed., CEO and Founder of Ressler Career and Business Solutions LLC; Board chair of the Central Penn College Education Foundation

Cami Ressler, M.Ed., is the CEO and Founder of Ressler Career and Business Solutions LLC, a career coaching and talent management professional services firm focused on career planning and coaching for executives and professionals, workforce training and development, including DiSC and Myers Briggs assessments, recruiting advising and strategic planning facilitation within the financial services, higher education, hospitality, manufacturing and non-profit industries. She is a published author, speaker and is actively involved in the community.

Eric Kazda

Eric Kazda ’00, President, Quantum Dynamix

Eric Kazda has worked in the website design & development industry since before the dot-com boom. He has a full grasp of the capabilities of today's website market, and how that market can be tapped for a company. Kazda has a strong ability to customize a website to a company's specific needs and budget. He is a planning committee member for the Lancaster Marketing Group, and is former board president of Lancaster Young Professionals.

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Clayton Wert ’13, Career Development Coach, App Academy; featured on The Huffington Post on career and internship expertise

Clayton Wert is a Career Development Coach for App Academy, a 12-week immersive software development school to assist graduates with their job search process including resume review, interview prep and salary negotiation. Graduates currently work at some of the top tech companies in the world including, Uber, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Slack, Oracle, and more. He has been featured on “The Huffington Post” on career and internship expertise and has previously worked with Dream Careers, an all-inclusive global internship program provider, focused on encouraging college students and young professionals to pursue their dreams.

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Gretchen Ramsey ’15, Director, Patient Experience, Geisinger Holy Spirit

Gretchen L. Ramsey, M.P.S., has worked at two very dynamic and wonderful organizations within Central Pennsylvania for the past 11 years. Each in their own way has undergone major organizational change - change that has shifted their respective cultures and her view of the world.

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Eric Gutshall ’10, Director of Constituent Services, Office of Governor Tom Wolf; Central Penn College Alumni Council President

Eric Gutshall is a devoted public servant who spends his life putting others first. In 2015, Gutshall was a Democratic nominee for the elected office of Dauphin County Controller. In addition, he currently serves as the director of constituent services for the Office of Governor Tom Wolf. Gutshall is also the chair of the Capital Region Stonewall Democrats, a political action committee devoted to promoting equality. Previously, he worked for the Pennsylvania Homecare Association as their public policy director and served under United States Congressman Todd Platts as a legislative assistant. Gutshall also holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Leonard

Leonard Chester ’15, Founder, The Overcame Foundation

The Overcame Foundation, Inc. (OVC) was founded in October 2015. Founder, Leonard Chester had a vision to help the youth and young adults in underprivileged environments and together he and co-founder Jade Harper ’15 brought that vision to life.

Currently the foundation is serving communities in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Creating platforms for talented youth across the two cities, The Overcame Foundation strives to teach young people how to be leaders through education, service, leadership, visual arts and sports.

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Dr. Dilip Abayasekara, Ph.D., M.Div., Accredited Speaker, Trainer, Executive Speech Coach, Inspirational Speaker, President of Dr. Dilip, LLC, Central Penn College Faculty

Dilip Abayasekara, Ph.D., A.S. has trained and inspired thousands of people in almost every state in the USA and in nine other countries since he launched his training and speech coaching company in 1994. The mission of his company, Dr. Dilip, LLC is to enable individuals and organizations to unleash their communication and performance potential.

A partial list of his clients include: Hershey Corporation, Northrop Grumman, PNC Bank, Mid-Atlantic Corporate Federal Credit Union, The US Army EEO Office, The Government of Sri Lanka, The Department of Housing and Urban Development, the United Nations Development Programme, Central Penn College, and Baltimore City Community College.

Dilip is the author of The Path of the Genie: Your Journey to Your Heart’s Desire and co-author of Public Speaking with Power, Passion, and Purpose (published in India). He was twice a finalist at Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, placing second in 1992. In 2005-2006 he served as International President of Toastmasters.

Round Table Discussion Leaders:

  • Dillon Epler ’14, Associate Residence Life Director, Central Penn College
  • Robert Donley, Central Penn College Faculty, School of Professional Studies   
  • Eric Kazda ’00, President, Quantum Dynamix
  • Paul Miller, Media Studies, Humanities & Sciences, Central Penn College; Knightly News Media Club Advisor
  • Sarah Blumenschein, Alumni Engagement Director, Central Penn College
  • Steve Hassinger, Career Services Director, Central Penn College

Faculty Conference Leaders:

Douglas Fisher, Central Penn College Faculty

Dr. Jack Babinchak, Central Penn College Faculty, School of Business

Paul Miller, Media Studies, Humanities & Sciences, Central Penn College; Knightly News Media Club Advisor