Penn State Abington

Business

Demystifying the Investment Process
IRAs, Keoughs, 401s, and 403 plans. To some, these may sound like foreign language phrases or advanced math terms. However, they can be very important to one’s future lifestyle and one’s financial security. Learn the most effective method for getting the best return on your investment dollars without giving too large a share to Uncle Sam. This presentation, designed for beginning investors of any age or economic level, will help to clarify your options and provide assistance in determining which choices are most suitable for your needs.
Benjamin Erwin

Financial Planning for Teens and Young Adults
One does not have to be a Wall Street wizard or a soon-to-be retiree to think about financial planning. In fact, the earlier one takes steps to ensure a secure future, the easier and more successful the process is likely to be. The suggestions in this seminar target high school students and young adults for whom it is never too early to begin squirreling away a portion of their assets in preparation for the achievement of their dreams and retirement goals.
Martha Leva

Internships: A Boon to One’s Future and One’s Business
Internships provide outstanding opportunities for students to put the knowledge and skills they have developed in the classroom to practical use, clarify career goals, learn new skills, and make valuable employment-related contacts. They also offer companies and organizations a chance to bring fresh ideas and perspective into their work sites, help to guide future employees to meet their unique needs, and make a positive contribution to our country’s economic future. This program can be tailored to meet the needs of employers, high school students, and secondary school personnel.
Carol DeBunda

Keeping Ahead of Your Competition
Is your organization aware of its competition’s latest moves or of its plans for the future? In fact, do you know for certain who your greatest competitors are—or might be in the future? This overview session, led by a facilitator of executive training seminars for Fortune 500 companies, highlights the advantages of developing competitive intelligence functions in your organization and suggests methods of putting them into action. This presentation can be adapted to meet the needs of groups ranging in size from 10 to 10,000.
Dr. G. Steven McMillan

Overtime Work and Mandatory Overtime
How many workers in the U.S. must work mandatory overtime, extra hours at their job that are required by their employer? Is the proportion of the work force that’s working mandatory overtime trending upward? Which type of workers do such overtime the most? What effect does such extra work have on their income? At what cost does the extra work come, such as health, stress, fatigue, risk of injury, work-family balance and happiness? Is the damage to workers’ well being attributed to the long hours, per se, or the lack of choice, or both? Learn which harmful side effects are associated with involuntary, or even voluntary, overtime work.
Dr. Lonnie Golden

Overwork
What are the forces that drive more and more American workers to work long hours at their jobs? At what point does work actually become overwork, harmful to a person’s well being despite the extra income? Which workers are working more hours than they prefer? Who are the employees who spend fewer hours at work than they would prefer? Economics and other disciplines offer a range of answers to these questions and suggest solutions to the persistent problems associated with the ever-longer hours of work for members of contemporary households.
Dr. Lonnie Golden

Personality and the Planning Process
Most organizations engage in some type of planning process. While the majority has a clear vision of the goals they wish to accomplish, a critical component of the process is often overlooked: The People Plan. Group members bring their own preferences, biases, skills, weaknesses, and even personalities to the planning process. Discovering methods for maximizing individual differences will enable planners to leverage participants’ personalities into competitive advantage.
Dr. G. Steven McMillan

Stock Fraud: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Stock fraud and manipulation have commandeered major headlines with the indictments of high profile figures, such as Martha Stewart and the heads of Imclone and Tyco. While legislators, regulators, and investigators try to create laws, policies, and strategies for preventing abuses, investors’ fears rise and confidence levels plummet. This presentation examines the historical precedents of the current scandals, reviews significant case studies, and discusses the problems inherent in the regulation of securities.
Dr. Sean P. Griffin

Students’ Time Spent Studying vs. Working
Students who are employed while enrolled in school are working ever more hours at their jobs. How does this tend to affect other uses of their time, including time spent in classes, doing homework, and sleeping? In particular, after how many hours of work per week does employment begin to cut into the amount of time students report that they spend studying? Learn the tipping point at which students work-time cuts into homework-time, class-time or sleep-time, and if there are differences between college vs. high school students, types of jobs, full-time vs. part-time student status, etc.
Dr. Lonnie Golden

The Economic Recovery and Joblessness
Economic expansion no longer creates as many jobs as it has in the past. Employers seem to rely more on lengthening work hours of existing employees. Examine the factors in our economy which have changed in the past decade to produce the recent “jobless recoveries.” Learn if this phenomenon is inevitable or fixable with new policies, and evaluate the ways in which it might be related to technology and rising costs of employee benefits.
Dr. Lonnie Golden

To Risk or Not to Risk
Everyone has been faced with those moments when grappling with change seems overwhelming and, perhaps, not worth taking a chance. Still, the new opportunity or idea might seem too good to ignore. This presentation is designed to help put potential risks into perspective. It considers personal values, careful analysis of the options, professional motivations, and even one’s own sense of humor as important factors in risk-taking decisions. Learning to evaluate the things which are most important in one’s life while determining one’s individual tolerance for taking chances helps individuals move out of the indecision in which they find themselves and into new worlds filled with opportunities for growth. The presentation can also focus on women and risk, if the audience desires.
Dr. Karen Wiley Sandler

Translating Vision into Action
One of the most difficult challenges managers face is taking carefully crafted vision and mission statements and making them active parts of an organization’s daily activities. This interactive session introduces a variety of techniques designed to help organizations take their vision statements “off-the-shelf” and put them to work.
Dr. G. Steven McMillan

What Does Managed Care Mean?
Everyone has heard the term “Managed Care” in the health care world. What does it mean? How do insurers manage the care? This talk looks at the ways health insurers control the costs of the care provided to consumers and discusses the ethics of mixing business and health care. If an insurer agrees to pay for a three-day hospital stay, what happens on the fourth day? How do these decisions by insurers influence the care provided? This program can be tailored to meet the needs of employers, students, and anyone with an interest in this area.
Tom Callahan, Esq.

Women as Leaders
Women have come a long way since their primary or only roles were centered on the home and family. Many now head major corporations, educational institutions, and even entire countries. Still, functioning in what may still be considered “a man’s world” presents challenges. This interactive presentation will review the skills and qualities women bring to leadership positions, lessons women leaders have learned from men, and lessons they have to offer men leaders. The discussion will also include ideas that can help prepare more women to provide effective leadership in both the for-profit and the not-for-profit sectors.
Dr. Karen Wiley Sandler

Workplace Flexibility and Flexible Work
Flexible work schedules are becoming increasingly popular with a wide spectrum of employers and employees. Learn which jobs and employees have the most flexible work schedules and discover the ways in which such scheduling can be valuable to the workers and to the companies which offer them. Examine the reasons that more jobs do not offer schedules tailored to fit the needs of today’s families and consider the actions public policy can take to promote flexible work schedules and work sites. Learn which policies would help promote more flexibility in jobs and workplaces.
Dr. Lonnie Golden

Contact
Janet Mignogno
215-881-7335