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Student Professional Development Conference

2018 Student Professional Development Conference

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Conference Center | Kent State University at Stark

Are you ready to take on the 'real' world?

Moving from student status to full-time employment can be a major adjustment as you navigate your way through changing routines and develop new habits. Learn what is expected of you by your manager and co-workers and how to “adult” consistently.

The second-annual Student Professional Development Conference will provide the Real World Starter Kit every graduate needs to be successful. This is a special invitation to Kent State University at Stark juniors, seniors and recent graduates to attend an event that will give you an edge in the workplace.  

Your Real World Starter Kit includes:

  • A professional LinkedIn photo - please dress in professional business attire
  • Tools to enhance your professional image
  • Improved communication skills
  • A clear understanding of what employers expect
  • A plan to help you stay financially sound
  • New professional contacts
  • Opportunities to get connected with other area young professionals


Cost: $15 individual - or - two for $25  ($100 value)
Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct. 12, 2018


Direct questions to Tami Huff at 330-244-3512 or

Conference Schedule

8:30 Registration  |  LinkedIn Photos  |  Networking
9:00 Opening Remarks
Faith Sheaffer-Polen, Director, Corporate University
9:15 Breakout Sessions 1 & 2
  Session 1
Financial Life After College

Amber Wallace
Session 2
Social Media: Friend or Foe?

Nicole Losi
10:30 Break
10:45 Breakout Sessions 3 & 4
  Session 3
Networking - Give a Little, Get a Lot!

Mike Wheeler
Session 4
Young Professionals Panel Discussion

12:00 Break
12:15 Lunch  |  Keynote Speaker
Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Kay Potetz
1:45 Closing
2:00 LinkedIn Photos

Session Descriptions

Financial Life After College

Amber Wallace

Did you know that job offers could depend on your credit score? Are you terrified of repaying your federal student loans? In this session, you will gain valuable financial insight to successfully navigate your finances. You will leave with tools to help you in banking, budgeting and student loan repayment; and a better understanding of credit and why your score is so important.

Social Media: Friend or Foe?

Nicole Losi
The number of people using social media is expected to grow to 2.95 billion by 2020. With so much online exposure, it is important that we know the “dos and don’ts” of social media and think about how we want to establish our personal brand. In this session, you will learn best practices for establishing and maintaining your online brand and ensure that you are your own best friend in the digital world.

Networking - Give a Little, Get a Lot!

Mike Wheeler

Research shows that professional networking leads to more job and business opportunities! This session will provide insight into the power of networking and provide tips and tools for preparing yourself to get the most out of any professional and/or social situation. You will learn how giving a little of yourself, in person and online, can get you a lot in return!

Young Professionals Panel Discussion

What do employers really expect from you? How does a college degree help prepare you for the real world of work?  What should you do the first 30 days of a new job?  If you are looking for answers to these career questions and more, our panel of young professionals can provide them. Young professionals from various industries including government, arts, tourism, manufacturing, and finance will share their career stories and field questions from session participants. So bring that burning career question and join us for a lively, engaging discussion.

Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Kay Potetz

Did you know the most common cause of firings is due to the inability to control emotions on the job? In other words, temper tantrums. We really are of two minds: the rational mind and the emotional mind and both are needed for professional success. In this session, participants will learn:

  • Why people of high IQ flounder when people of medium IQ do surprisingly well

  • The factors of self-awareness, self-discipline and empathy that add up to a different way of being smart, i.e. Emotional Intelligence (E.I.)

  • How being in touch with emotions can enhance personal and professional lives

Presenter Bios

Amber WallaceAmber Wallace
Assistant Director for Financial Aid
Kent State University at Stark

Amber Wallace and her team provide financial support to 5,000+ students at Kent State University at Stark. She has been a leader in the finance and higher education industries for over 10 years. Her background in banking served as a spark to educate students on financial literacy. Amber assists students with budgeting, financial wellness, and student loan repayment options. She is a member of the Canton Student Loan Foundation Board of Trustees. Amber received both her master’s degree in higher education and bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and business communication from The University of Akron.

Nicole LosiNicole Losi
Social Media Director
Kent State University

Nicole Losi is the Social Media Director in the Department of University Communications and Marketing or Kent State University. Prior to joining Kent State, Nicole was the Digital Media and Communications Manager of Hospice of the Western Reserve, where she developed and managed the agency's social media strategy and presence; developed and managed blog strategy and presence; served as founder and chair of the social media action committee; managed the website; and managed the email marketing campaigns and search engine optimization (SEO) efforts. Nicole received a degree in public relations and a minor in marketing and management from Baldwin Wallace University.

Mike WheelerMike Wheeler
Chief Legal Officer and Board of Directors President
Patriot Software Company

Mike Wheeler is Chief Legal Officer of Patriot Software Company, and serves as the President of the Board of Directors. He has a deep understanding of the company and is actively raising $40M via a Private Stock Offering. Mike handles all executive-level matters as Chief Compliance Officer and Investor Relations Officer. He oversees Patriot’s legal, compliance, financial, and human resources departments. Mike has been with Patriot Software Company for over ten years. He has experience in corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, contractual matters, employment law, insurance, real estate and governmental compliance. Mike has volunteered across four continents, working with orphanages, victims of human trafficking, and non-governmental organizations in Asia, Central America, and throughout Africa. He has worked to secure land rights and negotiate with tribal and local governments to secure clean drinking water, medical services, and free education with organizations such as Frontline Ministries International, Mother Teresa’s Calcutta Center and the Sisters of Charity, and Iris Ministries International. Locally, he is involved with the YMCA of Central Stark County and various professional, religious, and civic associations. Mike received a juris doctorate from The University of Akron School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science and legal studies from the University of Mount Union. 

Dr. Kay PotetzDr. Kay Potetz

Kay Potetz, Ph.D., draws on more than 25 years of management and administrative experience and her ability to mix information and humor to make the learning experience fun and engaging. She is featured as an expert source and news commentator on radio stations across the country (CBS Radio affiliates - WBBM, Chicago; WTOP Washington, D.C.; KRLD Dallas; and KDKA Pittsburgh), as well as national television shows, such as Wall Street Journal This Morning. Potetz is the author of Take It Back: The Personal Power You Give Away Each Day. She holds a certificate in Developing Leadership through Emotional Intelligence from Case Western Reserve University. She is a graduate of the Hay Group Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) accreditation program. She earned a doctorate in business management from Baldwin Wallace University and Century University, a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in business from Baldwin Wallace College. Dr. Potetz is featured as an expert source and news commentator on powerful radio stations across the country including top rated CBS Radio affiliates WBBM, Chicago, WTOP Washington, DC, KRLD Dallas, KDKA Pittsburgh, as well as national shows such as Wall Street Journal This Morning.