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Strategies for Career and Leadership Success

Strategies for Career and Leadership Success

Join the School of Public Policy for a new virtual professional development series, “Strategies for Career and Leadership Success.” The series will provide career and leadership skills for students, recent graduates, and current professionals. Viewers will have the opportunity to improve interview skills, develop an effective professional presence, maximize the internship experience, learn to build organizational relationships, and more.

Each session will be held via Zoom and will consist of a brief interview followed by questions from the audience. Participants will have the option to ask questions during the live discussion or in advance of the presentation by submitting questions to Strategies for Career and Leadership Success

To register:


Wednesday, June 24 11:30 a.m. Maximizing Your Internship and Creating Career Networks
Wednesday, July 15 11:30 a.m. Building Your Professional Presence and Portfolio Online
Wednesday, August 19 11:30 a.m. Writing Cover Letters and Interviewing  

Wednesday, September 16 11:30 a.m. Advice from the Field — Feedback from Hiring and Recruiting Managers  

Wednesday, October 21 11:30 a.m. Navigating Organizational Change with Kevin Richman
Wednesday, November 11 11:30 a.m. The Power of a Mentor with Jeremy O’Mard
Wednesday, December 9 11:30 a.m. Leading with a Focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with KerriLaine Prunella
Wednesday, February 17 11:30 a.m. Communicating Policy Research with Lauren Knoth, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Washington State Institute for Public Policy
Wednesday, March 17 11:30 a.m. Emotional Intelligence with Maureen Dodson, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Baker Tilly and faculty member with Penn State World Campus
Wednesday, April 21 11:30 a.m. Skills for driving action and accountability in the public/private sector with Lauren Bryson, Executive Director of Focus Central Pennsylvania
Wednesday, May 19 11:30 a.m. Data science in the context of decision-making with Marc Berson, Chief Information Officer, Gilead Sciences


School of Public Policy’s Virtual Interview Guide

Penn State Student Affairs Career Guide for Undergraduate and Graduate Students