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Young Professionals Conference

2018 Young Professionals Conference

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Conference Center
Kent State University at Stark

Many times, employees are equipped with the knowledge needed for the job but struggle when it comes to adapting to the work environment. In an effort to better equip Young Professionals with skills needed for success in the workplace, the Corporate University is pleased to announce the 2018 Young Professionals Conference to be held Friday, Aug. 10.

Based on survey responses from employers, business leaders, and young professionals themselves, the conference focuses on those areas where employers feel the biggest gaps are occurring - communication, social media, and critical thinking. The conference presenters are professionals from multiple disciplines; they are experts in their field and have first-hand knowledge of the value of real-world experience.

Cost: $245
Register: Call Mona Zink at 330-244-3508 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Conference Agenda

8:30 - 9 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast & Networking

9 - 9:15 a.m.

Faith Sheaffer-Polen
Director, Corporate University

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Emotional Intelligence

Phil Kim, D.Sc.

Emotional intelligence (EI) has become a popular topic within organization development. However, there has been limited practice in how this relates practically to a company and specifically how to develop leaders within the organization. Understanding EI is vital in developing emotional intelligence competencies such as self-awareness, intrinsic motivation, empathy and social skills. Participants will learn how to incorporate Emotional Intelligence to improve their performance in the following areas:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Decision-Making
  • Work-Life Balance

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. - Noon (choose from two sessions)

Session I: Verbal/Written Communication
Nelson Canario

When you go out into the business world, being able to communicate clearly both verbally and by writing is not usually listed as a job responsibility. But don't believe that it's not important! Even if you can do every task you're assigned perfectly, it's quite likely you will be passed over come promotion time in favor of someone who is a skilled communicator. Being able to present your ideas clearly and persuasively will not only help you no matter what position you have, it will also make you more visible to management and put you at the front of their minds when they're looking for someone to take on more responsibility. In this session, we'll talk about the six steps to take for successful communication and talk about how to apply them to your own situation:

1. Have a clear objective
2. Consider your audience
3. Persuasion?
4. Plan the message
5. Practice/Draft
6. Do it!

Session II: Problem Solving (A3 Tool / Critical Thinking)
John Potkalitsky

Problems are a fact of daily working life. In today’s fast pace and high stress work environments, solving problems quickly and effectively is an essential skill for everyone across all levels of an organization.

Problem Solving and Critical Thinking refers to the ability to use knowledge, facts, and data to effectively solve problems. This doesn’t mean an employee (especially new hire) needs to have an immediate answer. However, it does mean they have to be able to think on their feet, assess the problem and find a solution (on their own or as a team) quickly─ a skill employers value greatly. 

We will introduce you to the use of the A3 Report as a very useful problem solving and critical thinking tool that can be used to drive continuous improvement. The name “A3” is derived from a standard European paper size similar to 11ʺ by 17ʺ. The single page A3 report is based upon the time-honored Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) method of problem solving.

You will learn the A3 approach in enough detail to begin to apply some of the techniques immediately to problems upon returning to work.

Noon - 1 p.m.

1 - 2:15 p.m.
My Style / Your Style: DiSC

Ned Parks

Seventy-five percent of Fortune 500 companies utilize the DiSC Assessment to improve professional communications and build stronger, more productive teams. In less than 30 minutes, you will be able to identify your areas of strength and areas of development and then go on to learn and practice effective communication strategies you can apply immediately. During this session, participants will:

  • Identify your personal style using the DiSC® profile
  • Improve your communications with peers, subordinates, clients, friends and supervisors
  • Learn to read others’ style and connect with them
  • Develop effective communication strategies for different styles

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. (choose from two sessions)

Session I: Social Media Dos and Don'ts / LinkedIn
Diane Helbig

The internet is written in ink. That can be a good, or bad, thing depending on how you use it. In this session we explore how to ensure we are using the internet to showcase our skills and professionalism. We’ll also visit the best ways to use LinkedIn since it’s THE professional network. 

Session II: Learning Agility as a Tool for Success
Faith Sheaffer-Polen and Emily Anderson

You are finished with your formal schooling. You have successfully completed the onboarding program with your employer. Now you can sit back and relax a bit – no more to learn. Well – not so fast.  Along with Emotional Intelligence, employers have discovered that learning agility is one of the most important success factors in the workforce. But what exactly is learning agility and how can you harness its power for your own personal and corporate success? Participants will walk away with:

  • The language and definition of learning agility and how it impacts professional success
  • A completed and scored “growth mindset” assessment
  • Simple ways to develop and demonstrate learning agility 

3:45 - 4 p.m.
Adjourn and Pick-up Certificates

Presenter Bios

Emily AndersonEmily Anderson is a Senior Executive Compensation Analyst at The Timken Company. She provides support for strategy and design projects around the company’s executive compensation needs, prepares Board of Directors - Compensation Committee presentation materials, equity administration and handles day to day matters. She is the Chair of the Timken Young Professionals Network, where she works with leadership to plan company related events, learning sessions and networking opportunities geared toward the personal and professional development of the young professionals at the company. Emily joined Timken as a finance intern in 2014. In 2015, she entered the Timken Finance Leadership Development Program completing three, eight month rotations in various finance departments – Financial Planning and Analysis, Treasury, and a bearing manufacturing plant in North Carolina. Upon completion of the program she worked as a Senior Treasury Analyst. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Kent State University.

nelson canarioNelson Canario develops and delivers interactive, customized training programs to improve staff performance and increase engagement. He is an energetic and inquisitive person, talented at building cross-functional relationships to collaboratively achieve organizational goals. Canario has instructed English teachers and managed English language schools in Wenzhou and Beijing, China. He has worked in sales with an international organization, using his fluency in Spanish to expand the customer base in Spain and Latin America. Canario holds several certificates and completed professional development, including a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate from Oxford House in Barcelona, Spain; EF High-Potential Leadership Program delivered by Hult International Business School in Shanghai, China; and an International Diploma in Language Teaching Management from the University of Queensland, Australia. Canario holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from The College of Wooster.

Diane HelbigDiane Helbig is an internationally recognized business and leadership development coach, author, speaker and radio show host. As a certified professional coach and president of Seize This Day Coaching, she helps businesses and organizations operate more constructively and profitably. As a speaker and workshop facilitator, she merges energy and enthusiasm with rich content. Her goal is to leave her audience with action steps, as well as the excitement to implement those steps. Helbig brings more than 20 years of small business management and sales to her coaching. She is the author of Lemonade Stand Selling, the host of the Accelerate Your Business Growth radio show and the creator of the Clarity of Course Sales Training Program. Helbig is a solution provider and authorized local expert for Constant Contact. She is a member of the board for the Council of Smaller Enterprises and a member of the Leadership Council for the National Small Business Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Michigan State University.

Philip KimPhilip Kim, D.Sc. is an educator, speaker and management consultant. His passion is to use his knowledge and expertise to help others achieve their life’s goals. His latest book, Chase One Rabbit: 10 Habits that Move You from Failure to Success, is dedicated to helping individuals create better lives. Kim has worked with higher education, financial services, non-profits, healthcare and manufacturing. Raised by first-generation Korean immigrants, he worked at all of his parent’s businesses, including 7-Eleven convenience stores, gas stations and restaurants. The author of a blog, located at, Kim understands the value of hard work and education. He holds a doctorate degree in information systems and communications, a master’s degree in management information systems from Robert Morris University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Ned ParksNed Parks is a matter-of-fact business coach and trainer, drawing on his background as a U.S. Army officer/helicopter instructor, business owner and consultant. Combining proven business strategies with humor and creativity, he guides individuals and organizations to business and leadership solutions. Parks is particularly skilled at helping leaders connect with their teams and to combine both personal and organizational objectives. He works with organizations in healthcare, manufacturing and service, as well as nonprofits, including libraries, faith organizations and the United Way. He is certified as a registered corporate coach by the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches. He studied business at The University of Akron, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Case Weatherhead School of Management.

John PotkalitskyJohn Potkalitsky retired from the Eaton Corporation after successfully deploying Lean in manufacturing and office environments, at both domestic and international plant sites. He was part of a corporate group of experienced Lean practitioners who developed and delivered training on Lean tools deployment and assessment. More recently, he has been providing frontline supervisors and office professionals with essential skills and tools needed to make Lean efforts self-sustaining. All of Potkalitsky’s sessions combine workshop learning with on-the-floor practice and a final report to the plant leadership team. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Kent State University

Faith Sheaffer-PolenFaith Sheaffer-Polen brings a diverse background in management, corporate training and career coaching. She has worked with a variety of industries including financial, education, manufacturing, retail, research, and medical. Participants find her engaging, down-to-earth teaching style highly relevant to the reality of today's working professional. She is certified in Emotional Intelligence, Myers-Briggs, resume writing, career coaching, and holds a graduate degree in Industrial/Organizational psychology.