Young Professionals Conference on Friday, Aug. 16

Daylong seminar aims to equip young professionals with skills needed for workplace success.

In an effort to better equip the region’s young professionals with skills needed for success in the workplace, Kent State University at Stark’s Corporate University is pleased to offer the 2019 Young Professionals Conference.

The daylong session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at Kent State Stark’s Conference Center, 6000 Frank Ave. NW.

Created by an advisory board of young professionals, the 2019 Young Professionals Conference is an ideal opportunity for participants to network with next-generation leaders, learn critical workplace skills and discover new strategies for guiding success in career and life.

This year’s conference theme, “Being a 2.0 Person in a 1.0 World”, focuses on equipping today’s young professional with tools and techniques for succeeding in the workplace and beyond, said Faith Sheaffer-Polen, director of the Corporate University. “The conference presenters are professionals from multiple disciplines; they are experts in their field and have firsthand knowledge of the value of real-world experience,” she said.

  • Presenters include: Sarah Andreas, Ph.D., organizational leadership expert and founder of WiseWood LLC; Lisa Stouffer, M.B.A., founder of Cephala Recruiting and Consulting LLC; Kelly Piero, M.A., director of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Ystark! program; Jeannie Cool, M.S. Ed., LPCC-S, CDCA, OCPSA, manager of programs and evaluation at Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR); Darlene Thompson, Ph.D., a senior talent manager (SVP) at KeyBank; and Aly Brine, M.A., human resources consultant at Marathon Petroleum, who will moderate a discussion with panelists: 
    • Matthew Kinlow, West Medical Inc.
    • Molly McDougal, The Karcher Group
    • Betty Smith, EN-RICH-MENT
    • Jeff Solosky, M.A., Diebold Nixdorf Software

The conference agenda includes the following session topics in which participants will learn:

  • How to create your own career path and skill-building plans
  • How to have difficult conversations in the workplace and discover techniques to maintain composure while communicating key messages
  • The key aspects for creating a strong and successful professional network
  • The difference between generations in the workplace and how to thrive across generations
  • How to develop an individualized plan for self-care
  • How to champion new ideas, create win-win situations, and drive individual and group results

For more information, visit The cost of the conference is $245, or $215 for multiple registrants. To register, call Mona Zink at 330-244-3508 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2019 01:58 PM
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2024 08:02 PM
Melissa Griffy Seeton