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Professional Development Opportunity for Women to be Hosted by Smeal Executive MBA Program

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the Penn State Smeal College of Business Executive MBA Program will host its second Women’s Leadership Forum, a one-day professional development opportunity at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, Pa., where EMBA Program classes take place. The event is open to Penn State Smeal EMBA alumni, current students, and women in their professional networks.
October 29, 2013

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the Penn State Smeal College of Business Executive MBA Program will host its second Women’s Leadership Forum, a one-day professional development opportunity at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, Pa., where EMBA Program classes take place. The event is open to Penn State Smeal EMBA alumni, current students, and women in their professional networks.

“We want to provide an opportunity for businesswomen to come together to think about their careers and the challenges they face every day,” said Kurt Podlogar, acting managing director of the EMBA Program. “We hope that all our attendees go home with some new ideas on how to innovate their professional lives.”

The Women’s Leadership Forum: Pathways to Professional Innovation will focus on how women can grow as leaders and innovate their careers. The agenda includes breakout sessions and panel discussions led by top Smeal professors, EMBA Program alumni, and special guests.

“We want to provide an opportunity for businesswomen to come together to think about their careers and the challenges they face every day.”

To learn more about the day’s agenda and to register for the event, visit www.smeal.psu.edu/forum. Space is limited for this free event, and early registration is recommended.

The event’s featured speakers include Yashima White AziLove, president of YWA Enterprises, and Peter Steinberg, a faculty member affiliated with Penn State Executive Programs and the head coach of the USA Women’s Rugby team.

AziLove, an award-winning journalist and marketing communications professional, will deliver the keynote address on elevated communication and elevated living. Her inspirational message has impacted corporations, entrepreneurs, and women around the world.

Steinberg, the Penn State Executive Programs Featured Speaker, will talk about how women can use their strengths to thrive as innovation leaders in dynamic environments, using examples from the sporting world to inform leadership lessons.

Visit www.smeal.psu.edu/forum to register. Space is limited for this free event, and early registration is recommended.

Breakout sessions will focus on topics related to professional identity, nonverbal communications skills, and leadership, and will be led by Glen Kreiner, associate professor of management at Smeal; Nancy Ross Mahon, communications instructor at Smeal; and Victoria Guthrie, senior fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership.

The agenda will close with a panel discussion on personal and professional transitions, to be moderated by renowned management psychologist Karissa Thacker. Sitting on the panel will be Barbara Bridendolph, CEO of Crenshaw Associates, Ariel Charles, supplier performance specialist at AgustaWestland, and Karla Trotman, entrepreneur and owner of BellyButtonBoutique.com.

About the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program
The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program provides working professionals with the learning, connections, resources, and experiences to accelerate their careers. The 21-month program features personalized executive coaching, intensive communication training, a weeklong international residency experience, and coursework focused on the unique challenges of the students’ firms. Classes are held on alternating weekends at the ACE Conference Center in suburban Philadelphia. Learn more at www.smeal.psu.edu/execmba.

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