Career, financial advice highlighted during Shaping the Future Summit event

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Students and community members gathered in Schwab Auditorium the evening of Oct. 23 to take in real and actionable career and financial advice from two famous Penn State alumni.

Thomson Reuters Money Editor Lauren Young, as the event's host, interviewed Andy Sieg, head of Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions (GWRS) for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The pair discussed the topic of “Your Career, Your Impact” as part of the Schreyer Honors College Shaping the Future Summit 2015.

Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian M.M. Brady began the event by noting that this week marked the 27th anniversary of the stock market crash in 1987. William Schreyer was the head of Merrill Lynch at the time and was key in the market's bounce back and calming the public's concern. Dean Brady concluded his remarks by asking the audience, "Where is today's William Schreyer?"

Sieg started the discussion by telling students to erase pre-conceived notions about industry sectors and prepare for a long and dynamic career. Sieg advised, “Your career is going to be 50 percent longer than you think it will be. There’s plenty of time to pursue your passion now.”

Sieg and Young touched on several topics including the importance of listening to the Millennial generation, to remain relevant with younger audiences. Sieg, who meets with a Millennial task force once a month, said, "You need a Millennial at your leadership table, reporting to you... to push you."

The event wrapped up with questions from the audience, ranging from balancing family and career, to how to develop better mentor relationships.

The night was capped with members of the Penn State Lady Lions basketball team, along with head coach Coquese Washington, coming to the stage and throwing t-shirts to the crowd.

Dean Brady announced that the Summit's keynote speaker has been scheduled for April 1, 2015. The speaker will be revealed at the Penn State men's basketball season home opener on Nov. 14.

The next Shaping the Future Summit event will feature Edward R. Hintz, president of Hintz Capital Management, who will speak on the topic of “The Ethics of Philanthropy.” The event is scheduled for Nov. 13 in the Grandfather Clock Lounge in Atherton Hall, University Park.

For more information visit futuresummit.psu.edu or email futuresummit@psu.edu.

Last Updated November 17, 2014