Speaker Series

Check out our Fall Speaker Series
This 3-part speaker series features experts and experienced entrepreneurs sharing tips, tools, and processes to provide actionable advice that helps entrepreneurs and student-athletes avoid common mistakes and overcome challenges. All speaker events are FREE and open to the public. Lunch is provided for as long as it lasts. This Fall Speaker Series is presented in partnership with Penn State Athletics.
  • Oct 31 Session 1, Building Business Relationships with Jamie and Kerry Bestwick
  • Nov 7 Session 2, Crafting Your Pitch with Susan Robinson-Fruchtl and Jay Paterno
  • Nov 14 Session 3, Overhauling Your Digital Image with Keleigh Asbury and Sean Clifford

Building Business Relationships with Jamie and Kerry Bestwick

Business relationship building is key to a successful career, whether running a side hustle, building a career, forming a team for a startup, or managing a small business. The ability to quickly make connections and turn those connections into future working relationships is a skill that takes practice. Join us with our special guests, Jamie Bestwick, and Kerry Bestwick, who will walk us through the importance of business relationships and how to practice building better connections.
  • Jamie Bestwick, founder of Rothrock Coffee, legendary professional BMX rider, and an all-around passionate person
  • Kerry Bestwick is the founder of PYP Studio, a multi-disciplined teacher and practitioner of mind and body wellness, and an equally passionate person
Key Dates:
  • Mon, October 31, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Craft Your Pitch with Susan Robinson-Frutchl and Jay Paterno

A good pitch will articulate the unique value you, your business, or your idea brings to a prospective client, employer, partner, or another stakeholder. You want to leave the listener with a way to remember you by using concise language that describes what you do, for whom, and why. Join us for lunch and networking as our guest speakers, Susan Robinson-Fruchtl and Jay Paterno, layout precisely what goes into an elevator pitch and how to deliver it.
  • Susan Robinson-Fruchtl, Director of Penn State Major Gifts for Athletics and former Professional and Penn State Women’s Basketball Player
  • Jay Paterno, entrepreneur, member of Penn State Board of Trustees and former Penn State Football Coach
Key Dates:
  • Mon, November 7, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Overhaul Your Digital Image with Keleigh Asbury and Sean Clifford

Your digital footprint as an individual and a business says a lot about what you want the world to know about your expertise and passion.  Making an impact with first impressions is the best way to gain customers, build partnerships, and create future relationships.  Join us as our guest speakers, Keleigh Asbury and Sean Clifford, define the importance of your digital image and how to ensure you are delivering the right message about yourself, your brand, or your business.
  • Keleigh Asbury, Director of Smeal College of Business Alumni Career Services, Startup Coach
  • Sean Clifford, Penn State Football Quarterback, Founder of Limitless NIL
Key Dates:
  • Mon, November 14, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Interested in meeting with someone about your idea? We’d love to hear what you’re working on.