ZIPD Business Conference - October 15 & 16, 2015

ZIPD Business Conference - October 15 & 16, 2015

Alumni return for ZIPD conference

The conference connects successful alumni  with current students, allowing students to learn from and network with experienced businesspeople in their fields.

“The Zeigler Institute for Professional Development gives our students a distinct advantage,” said BU President David Soltz. “They will not only pursue careers that are a good fit for them personally, but they will acquire the well-rounded perspective necessary to become valued employees and successful business owners.”

"I thought this years conference was extremely insightful and full of knowledgeable speakers and alumni who showed great pride in the college of business as well as the university. It made me very proud to be a student here at Bloomsburg University."

- Nicholas E. Hoffman, Bloomsburg COB Major

ZIPD Business Conference Schedule:

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tentative session occurring:

8:00-9:15:          2nd Floor Sutliff Hall

                           Alumni/Presenter Networking Breakfast

                           Meet COB Dean Jeffrey Krug, faculty,

                           staff & students

9:30-10:25:        Sutliff Hall

                           Pre-Conference Workshops

11:00-12:15:      Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall

         Keynote-Garry Golden, MS Future Studies
            Garry Golden, keynote speaker

12:30-1:45:        Kehr Union (KUB) Ballroom

                           Student/Presenter Networking Lunch

2:00-2:55:          Sutliff Hall & Other BU classrooms

                           Panel Discussions and Presentations

2:00-2:55:          KUB Multi-A

                           Round Table Discussions   

2:00-2:55:          KUB Multi-B

                           Garry Golden Workshop   

3:30-4:25:          Sutliff Hall & Other BU classrooms

                           Panel Discussions and Presentations

5:15-6:45:          KUB Ballroom

                           Cocktail-Hors d’oeuvres Networking Event


Friday, October 16, 2015

Tentative sessions occurring:

8:00-9:15:        2nd Floor Sutliff Hall   

                         Alumni/Presenter Networking Breakfast

                         Meet new friends and catch-up with former friends

9:00-9:55:         Sutliff Hall & Other BU classrooms 

                          Panel Discussions and Presentations

10:00-10:55:     Sutliff Hall & Other BU classrooms  

                          Panel Discussions and Presentations

11:00-11:55:     Sutliff Hall & Other BU classrooms 

                          Panel Discussions and Presentations

12:15-1:30:       Greenly Center Downtown Blmg

                          President’s Luncheon                    

                          Presenters, Faculty, Staff, BU VIPs

2:00-2:55:        Sutliff Hall & Other BU Classrooms  

                         Panel Discussions and Presentations


Keynote Presentation:

Tapping Your Inner Futurist:  The Art & Science of Looking at the Future


Join academically-trained Futurist Garry Golden in learning how we can align plans for our careers to the uncertainties of changes in society and business.  We will explore industry implications of demographic transitions and disruptive technology trends – then learn ways to manage expectations in a world shaped by the interplay of technology-fueled optimism versus the reality of a slow pace to fast change. Check out Garry's website:


Lodging Information:

College Hill Bed And Breakfast,

$106.82 per room - (570) 784-1266

Comfort Suites,

$144.00 per room - (570) 387-9100

Hampton Inn,

$109.00 per room - (570) 380-1020

The Inn at Turkey Hill,

$114.00 averaging per room - (570) 387-1500

Pine Barn Inn, 

$130.00 averaging per room - (570) 275-2071

Hampton Inn,

$139.00 per room - (570) 271-2500

Econo Lodge,

$72.00 per room - (570) 387-0490

Holiday Inn Express,

$99.00 per room - (570) 387-6702


In order to book a room at the rate listed, you must mention the code: COB ZIPD Business Conference and call the hotel directly.


Be A Sponsor!

As a valued member of our College of Business community, the COB would like to invite you or your company to become a 2014 Business Conference sponsor. We have defined two levels of support as described below.

We sincerely hope that one of these appeals to you. Your contribution helps us to continue to bring outstanding networking and professional development opportunities to our 1500+ undergraduate and graduate students.

Dean’s Circle (Gifts of $1000+)

Your contribution will underwrite the overall promotion and marketing of the Business Conference, provide refreshments at all events on Thursday and Friday and enable videotaping at our interview workshops. Your company name and logo will be displayed prominently in the Conference booklet and at all Conference locations.

Professional Mentor (Gifts of $500+)

Your gift will allow us to provide each student with a professional portfolio and pen to begin their career! Your company name and logo will be displayed prominently in the Conference booklet and at all Conference locations.

Please contact the ZIPD office ( with any questions you may have. We look forward to your support and seeing you in the fall!