Networking Event Recap: Coaching (A Strategic Tool for Leadership and Self Development)


Have you ever set a New Year’s Resolution for your own self-improvement as a leader or in your personal life, and then have it fizzle out by February? Have you ever wanted to make a significant change to the way you approach the leadership roles (both personal and professional) in your life?

Hear how Executive Coaching can make a difference in your success at work and in your personal life. Gary and Connie Ostwald will share current stories from their coaching experience through interactive role playing with members of the audience during this lively breakfast session.

Leading the conversion is a pair of human resource and coaching experts and founders of Coaching to Authenticity, Inc:

This event took place on February 19th, 2014  at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey and was sponsored by ParenteBeard.

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Networking Event Recap: Surviving an Intergenerational Workplace


As many Americans postpone retirement, the age gap been the oldest and youngest in the workplace continues to expand. Of course, generational differences have always existed, but age-related disparities seem to be increasingly acute, perhaps because of factors such as changing values and asymmetrical adoption of new technology.

  • What are the challenges of working with others who are significantly older or younger than you?
  • How can you respond positively to these challenges in order to ensure your own productivity as well as that of your co-workers?

These are two of the key questions that will be addressed at the upcoming Messiah Business Alumni networking breakfast. The format of the event will be highly interactive with opportunities for table discussion as well as dialogue among all participants.

Leading the conversion will be a pair of human resource experts:

  • Mark Hopkins (Regional Director, Human Resources at Aetna)
  • Holly Paine Magnuson (Director, Global Talent Planning and Workforce Analytics at The Hershey Company)

As a registered attendee, we’d like you to do a little “homework” prior to coming.  We think reading this PDF article will help encourage discussion around each table.

This event took place on September 24th, 2013 at the Radisson in Camp Hill and was sponsored by Messiah Lifeways.

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Networking Event Recap: Mentoring


Most of us can point to a few, if not many, important people who have encouraged us to grow in specific ways. Sometimes the influence of these mentors is small. Other times mentors inspire change that alters the entire course of our lives.

  • What are the keys to positive and productive mentoring relationships?
  • Is possible to be both a mentor and a mentee?
  • How can individuals and organizations harness the power of mentoring for personal and corporate growth?

The next Messiah Business Alumni Networking Breakfast will explore these and other questions related to the increasingly important topic of mentoring.

A distinguished panel of Messiah College alumni will draw upon their personal experiences to guide the discussion:

  • Sara Bruton (Class of ’09)
  • Bonnie Day (Class of ’14)
  • Carl Lundblad (Class of ’92)
  • Andrew Samuel (Class of ’84)
  • Brent Smith (Class of ’05)

Dr. David Hagenbuch, Associate Professor of Marketing and Co-Chair of Messiah College’s Department of Management & Business, will moderate the discussion.

This breakfast networking event took place on April 30th, 2013 at the Eden Resort and Suites in Lancaster, PA.

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Networking Event Recap: Women in Leadership (Opportunities and Challenges)

Both men and women need to understand the unique challenges that face women in leadership. Such an understanding is essential for ensuring respectful and productive interaction in the workplace.

A distinguished panel of leaders will drew from their backgrounds and experiences in guiding a discussion of this important topic. The panelists for this discussion were be Laura Williams, Shari Franey, and Deb Pierson. The moderator was be Dr. Connie Ostwald.

This breakfast networking event took place on February 12th, 2013 – 7:30 to 9:00 AM at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, PA.

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Networking Event Recap: International Business

The Corbett administration sees international growth as one of the growth drivers for our local industry.  If your business is considering international expansion, or if you have an interest global business, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from and connect with leading experts in this field.

Robin Alex (Global Insights Expert for Hershey Foods) will help you understand how to differentiate US consumers and global consumers, and why this is important. Janet Kolokithas, (International Program Manager for Pennsylvania’s Center for Trade Development) will help connect you to the many international development programs offered by the state.

This breakfast networking event took place on December 4th, 2012 from 7:30 to 9:00 AM at the Eden Resort and Suites in Lancaster, PA.

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Networking Event Recap: Keeping Faith in Business & Politics

Stephen Bloom, of Cumberland County, was elected to represent the citizens of the 199th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November 2010.  A practicing lawyer for more than 20 years,his mission as a lawmaker is to cut the size and scope of government, reduce the burden of taxes and unnecessary regulation, protect and defend constitutional freedoms, and by doing those things, unleash the power of individuals and businesses to create and grow sustainable jobs and economic prosperity.

Find out how Stephen Bloom stays on track by balancing a life of faith, business, and politics.

This breakfast networking event took place on May 1st, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn Harrisburg East in Harrisburg, PA.

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