University community invited to conference focused on diversity in business

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Students, faculty and staff from across Penn State are invited to register for the Smeal College of Business S.T.A.R.T. Conference, a one-day event focused on business initiatives in diversity. The event is slated for March 28 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at

S.T.A.R.T., which stands for Striving Toward Awareness and Respect for Tomorrow, is in its 15th year at Smeal. The event features keynote speakers, breakout sessions and opportunities for networking with representatives from sponsoring companies.

Ken Bouyer, the EY Americas director of inclusiveness recruiting, will deliver the first keynote talk. Bouyer is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s global recruiting strategy to attract diverse and inclusive talent pools for member firms.

The afternoon keynote speaker will be Michael Piwowar, the U.S. Securities and Exchange commissioner. Piwowar is an alumnus of Smeal’s doctoral program in finance.

Breakout sessions, led by company representatives, will cover topics like unconscious bias, building and leading diverse teams, and gender and generational differences in the workplace. For a full agenda, visit

The agenda will close with presentations from the student winners of the S.T.A.R.T. Diversity Award and a networking session with representatives from Boeing, Johnson & Johnson and Target.

Company sponsors for the event include Altria, Kohl’s, GM, EY, Johnson & Johnson, Shell, Target, Boeing, Capital One and U.S. Steel.

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Last Updated March 24, 2014