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2017 Powerful Women conference features multiple accomplished female leaders

April 5, 2017

The 2017 Powerful Women Paving the Way Conference, which is hosted by the Penn State Smeal College of Business and its student-run Women in Business organization, will feature a trio of dynamic speakers. 

The conference provides alumni, staff, and faculty an opportunity to join fellow professionals, students, and high-profile keynote speakers in a celebration of women in business. 

Registration is open for the April 20-21 event at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel on Penn State’s University Park Campus. 

Susan Schandel, senior vice president and chief financial officer of NASCAR; Allison Baver, Olympic bronze medal-winning speedskater and business woman; and Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte, will speak. 

Schandel was previously CFO of International Speedway Corporation. Prior to that she worked at EY. She holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Penn State. She will serve as the keynote speaker for the Thursday dinner. 

Friday morning’s keynote speaker will be Baver, the former speedskater who is now owner of Allison Baver New York LLC, founder of the Off the Ice Foundation and a real estate investor with High Rise Realty LLC. 

Engelbert became CEO of the 80,000-employee professional services organization in March 2015. She is the first female CEO of a big professional services firm and is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women for 2016 and 2015. Engelbert backed up talk about work-life balance by implementing a policy that allows employees, men and women, up to 16 weeks of fully paid family leave to support a range of life events impacting them and their families—the birth or placement of a child, taking care of a parent, spouse, partner, parent, child, or sibling with a serious health condition. And, two-thirds of Deloitte’s hires last year were women and minorities. 

Companies sponsoring the 2017 Powerful Women Paving the Way conference include: Altria, Deloitte, Kohl’s, EY, BP, Pennsylvania Business Central, Dick’s, and TEKsystems.

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