Penn State conference offers opportunity for women to learn and connect

February 21, 2013

On April 18 and 19, the Penn State Women in Business organization at the Smeal College of Business will host its fourth annual Powerful Women Paving the Way Conference, a professional development and networking opportunity for both professionals and students.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear distinguished speakers from within the business community and attend a variety of breakout sessions on issues pertinent to women in the corporate world today. Breakout sessions will include three tracks: student-focused, professional-focused and mixed focus.

Professional-focused session topics include entrepreneurship, sustainability and negotiation. Professionals will also have a chance to create greater awareness of their respective companies and experiences among Penn Staters and to network with and support female business students -- the next generation of women leaders. For students, this conference is an opportunity to network with executives and gain knowledge for the future.

The Powerful Women Paving the Way Conference will begin with a welcome dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the Nittany Lion Inn. Keynote speaker Coquese Washington, the Penn State women’s basketball coach, will deliver the dinner’s keynote talk.

The conference continues from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Friday’s keynote speakers include Porter Gale and Tiffany Persons. The former vice president of marketing at Virgin America, Gale is a social media expert and entrepreneur and has more than 20 years of experience working in marketing and advertising. Persons is the founder and director of the non-profit organization Shine on Sierra Leone, which empowers communities in Sierra Leone, Africa, through education, healthcare, micro loan, literacy and sustainability initiatives.

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Last Updated September 10, 2013