16 episodes

Smeal Alumni Career Services is dedicated to connecting our alumni with professional advancement opportunities at any stage of their career. Our lifelong learning webinars and brand new podcast program deliver live and on-demand digital content with subject matter focused on higher education business research, corporate and small business industry knowledge, and career development best practices. Podcast episodes are 20-30 minutes in length as one-to-one interviews featuring Smeal faculty, alumni, and well regarded industry partners. This program was developed for busy, on-the-go professionals looking for a quick immersion in trending business content.

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Smeal Alumni Career Services is dedicated to connecting our alumni with professional advancement opportunities at any stage of their career. Our lifelong learning webinars and brand new podcast program deliver live and on-demand digital content with subject matter focused on higher education business research, corporate and small business industry knowledge, and career development best practices. Podcast episodes are 20-30 minutes in length as one-to-one interviews featuring Smeal faculty, alumni, and well regarded industry partners. This program was developed for busy, on-the-go professionals looking for a quick immersion in trending business content.

    Virtual Networking in the Age of Covid-19

    Virtual Networking in the Age of Covid-19

    Alumni Career Services Career Coach, Doreen Glenning uses her 25 years of corporate recruiting experience with Fortune 500 companies to help you virtually network into your next position. Learn about the use of social media tools, best practices for network engagement, handling rejection and the many resources available through the Penn State and Smeal alumni network. Listen in and learn to love networking!

    "Managing your career, much like managing a business, depends on building relationships.”
    —Doreen Glenning

    • 26 min
    Mindset: Bringing Positive Energy and Joy to the 2020 Job Search

    Mindset: Bringing Positive Energy and Joy to the 2020 Job Search

    As a career coach and assistant director in Alumni Career Services, Jennifer Nicholas ('17 PhD Workforce Education and Development) brings her passion for positivity to today's job search. Learn ways to “Zen” your workspace and how to maintain a positive mindset through self-reflection, focus, routines, and goal-setting. One tip: nobody can go it alone!

    “As your job search begins, surround yourself with sources of positive energy... identify the people and activities that bring you joy and... stay connected to these sources of joyful energy throughout your search.”
    —Dr. Jennifer Nicholas

    • 27 min
    Smeal Entrepreneurs: Elysium - A State of Bliss

    Smeal Entrepreneurs: Elysium - A State of Bliss

    Smeal alumna and entrepreneur, Elyse Lupin ('02 Marketing) started her company, Elysium Marketing Group LLC in 2015 after spending years working at large brands such as Disney, Comcast, and New Balance Athletic Shoe, and obtaining an MBA from Boston University. Her startup just recently turned 5 years old! In this episode, Elyse will discuss her reasons for starting the company and what makes it unique along with sharing some of the lessons learned along the way. She also talks about the challenges she has faced as a female entrepreneur and offers advice to those who want to follow in her footsteps.

    “Why shouldn’t it be you! I think sometimes women second guess themselves or come up with lots of reasons “why not.”
    —Elyse Lupin

    • 18 min
    Smeal Professional Graduate Programs: Leading the Way in #Lifelonglearning

    Smeal Professional Graduate Programs: Leading the Way in #Lifelonglearning

    Dr. Brian Cameron, Associate Dean of Professional Graduate Programs, discusses how Penn State Smeal College of Business leads the way in the creation of "stackable" online and residential programs with a wide variety of concentrations, choice, and flexibility. In the online space, Smeal offers one of the most robust and flexible portfolio of specialty master's programs and graduate certificates in the country. This portfolio is designed to enhance skill development and support an individual's 'portfolio career'. Brian shares the latest trends in business higher education, for example "stackable" programs allowing professionals to acquire a certificate and then continue on to receive a Master's degree in a way that complements a busy working lifestyle.

    "There is a number of things that we have seen students are looking for in a program today. Obviously they are looking at the reputation institution and the quality. But, more and more, Gen Zers want the ability to customize the program around their individual needs, they want a lot of flexibility and a lot of control over how they get the degree and what it looks like. This is one of the driving forces behind our portfolio."
    —Dr. Brian Cameron

    • 35 min
    Smeal Entrepreneurs - Finding Passion Through Creativity and Storytelling

    Smeal Entrepreneurs - Finding Passion Through Creativity and Storytelling

    Smeal alumnus and entrepreneur Nick Savino ('18 Marketing) started his company NGS Productions right out of Penn State. Nick will discuss what led him to find his passion, how his parents have influenced his career decision, how supportive the Penn State network has been, and his future plans for NGS Productions. Nick will also talk about two of his videos that went viral - one of them being all things Penn State…We are!

    "Creative storytelling is the most powerful marketing tool when it comes to communicating your business and brand. These stories really allow people to resonate and connect with a video's message, opening up a door of possibilities. I have seen firsthand the impact it makes on the lives of other people."
    —Nick Savino

    • 20 min
    Succession Planning - Don't wait for an Emergency to Plan

    Succession Planning - Don't wait for an Emergency to Plan

    Featuring Smeal alumna, Dara Klein ('87 Marketing) who is a national speaker on board and CEO succession. Dara is currently the Managing Director at Kaplan Partners, a retained executive search and board advisory firm. For the last 15 years at Kaplan Partners, she has leveraged her 25 plus years of leadership in talent advisory helping CEOs and Boards of Directors operate more effectively. Join Dara as she walks us through the succession planning processes covering benefits for both the employer and the employee and important factors to consider. Dara will also touch base on succession planning for family owned businesses.

    "The succession planning process goes hand in hand with strategic planning. Both processes of strategic planning and succession planning are enterprise wide efforts, and should therefore be a trickle-down effect."
    —Dara J. Klein

    • 24 min

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