Conference Center Event Archives

Conference Center events 

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Wednesday, October 6 - Managing Risks in Your Projects

  • Presented by Adam Selverian, MSA, PMP, PMI-RMP. Selverian serves as the director of the Program Management Department at IKON Office Solutions in Malvern with over 11 years of project management experience.
  • Learn tips on how to manage risk in your projects successfully to assess risk at all levels of a project, apply project risk management process flow, and understand stakeholders' risk tolerance levels.
  • To view the PowerPoint program, click here.
  • Lunch provided by Meridith's catering.


 Wednesday, July 14 - Picnic in the Park: Eating Well

  • In collaboration with Liberty Property Trust, we presented Picnic in the Park: Eating Fresh 2010 on July 14. This year’s theme focused on eating fresh with delicious treats prepared by our preferred caterers as participants gathered information from local hotels and exhibitors. Along with delicious food, prizes, a book sale, and tips for eating fresh, Katie Cavuto Boyle, owner of Healthy Bites, registered dietitian, and personal chef presented a cooking demo and prepared a summer grain salad.
  • Check out pictures from the event on our Facebook page.
  • The books featured at the event will be on sale at the Penn State Great Valley Bookstore through July 30.


Friday, April 23 - Social Media

  • Presented by Nicole Newman, Proprietor, Newman Networks
  • Discover how to use social media as a marketing tool and learn the tips and tricks to enhance your social networking skills. Social media has completely changed the way people connect, and success in business comes from people and business connecting!
  • To view the program, click here
  • Lunch was provided by Queen of Hearts Catering 


Thursday, March 25- Chester County Showcase for Meeting and Event Planners


Friday, March 19 - Communicating Successfully in Today's Cross Cultural Environment 

  • Presented by Carol Cunningham and Suzanne F. Kaplan, principals, MultiCultural Solutions
  • Everyday we work with people from different cultural backgrounds, which presents challenges and opportunities. This lively and interactive session discussed how cultural differences influence business and social interactions. Learn what skills promote effective working relationships and good communications with team members and clients from different cultures, improving performance and innovation.
  • Lunch was provided by As You Wish Caterers 


Friday, January 29 - Ten Tips for Putting the Power in PowerPoint!

  • Presented by Noelle Archambeau, adjunct professor and instructional designer for SAP's Global Marketing Organization
  • Learn how to design an effective PowerPoint template, include the appropriate type and amount of content, and add appropriate graphics
  • Lunch was provided by Crocodile Catering
  • To view the program, click here


December 4, 2009 - The Five Secrets to a Female Leaders' Sustainable Success: Who Knows You and What You Do Well?

  • Presented by Gerrie Dresser, Leadership Strategist and Executive Coach
  • Topics included: Learning the formula to articulate your value so you stand out as a credible expert, discovering the four qualities that go beyond managing upwards to establish a collaborative partnership with your boss, identifying the five strategic steps to get connected in a meaningful way, and more!
  • It all comes down to being recognized as a credible expert, valued as a team player, and being known by who you want to know you and what you do well.
  • Lunch was provided by Faunbrook Catering
  • To view the presentation, click here
  • To view the PowerPoint slides, click here, and for Gerrie Dresser's Coaching Guide, click here


September 23, 2009 - Overcoming Violated Reward Expectations in a Down Economy

  • Presented by Kimberly Merriman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management
  • Topics included: the importance of performance reward programs in a touch economy.
  • Lunch was provided by Anthony Aquilante's Gourmet Buffets
  • To view the presentation, click here
  • To view the Power Point slides, click here



August 6, 2009 - Second Annual "Picnic in the Park"

  • It was "a day at the ballpark" along with Liberty Property Trust and other area suppliers...there was food, prizes, and summer fun at the Penn State Great Valley campus!
  • All select caterers participated


July 15, 2009 - Top Ten E-mail Tips for 2009: How to Get What You Want, When You Want It

  • Presented by Michael Mannon of WD Communications
  • Topics included: understanding how people read (and don't read) e-mails, creating actionable e-mail messages the first time, and balancing tone with urgency
  • Lunch was provided by Slice It Up Pizza


May 29, 2009 -  All Together Now: Team Leadership Lessons from the Beatles (with a little help from their academic friends)

  • Presented by John Sosik, Ph.D., Professor of Management and Organization
  • Topics included: how shared leadership affects team processes and outcomes, indicators of highly developed teams, pitfalls of group dynamics and how to avoid them, lessons for sustained team impact from the most successful pop group of all time, the Beatles, based on an excerpt from Sosik's forthcoming book Full Range Leadership Development: Pathways for People, Profit, and Planet (2009 Psychology Press/Routledge)
  • Lunch was provided by Cornucopia Catering
  • To view the presentation, click here.


April 3, 2009 - Emergency Management and Crisis Communication

  • Presented by Dr. K. Anderson Crooks, APR, CPRC
  • Topics included: common causes of crises, how organizations can head off a crisis, and the best methods for communicating during emergencies
  • Lunch was provided by Cornucopia Catering
  • To view the presentation, click here


February 13, 2009 – Let's Get Real: Mastering the Art of Authentic Transformational Leadership

  • Presented by Denise Potosky, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management and Organization
  • Attendees learned how their life experiences can influence their leadership potential
  • Found out if their organization’s culture is helping or hindering their leadership potential
  • Learned how to become more self-aware and leverage their interactions with coworkers
  • Discovered how to better manage the impression they make on others
  • Lunch was provided by Meridith's Catering
  • To view the presentation, click here
  • To view PowerPoint slides click here


November 17, 2008  - Technology Options for Optimizing Meeting Success

  • Presented by Jay Polakoff, Continuing Professional Education, Penn State Great Valley
  • Presentation was an overview of video and audio teleconferencing, Web casting, Webinars, digital and audio recordings, RSS feeds, and PowerPoint presentations with embedded links.
  • Lunch was provided by Queen of Hearts Catering 


March 26, 2008 - Best Catering Practices

  • Presented by Kurt Linneman, Owner of Crocodile Catering
  • Lunch was provided by Crocodile Catering