The Smeal Business Club-Philadelphia Past Events

Past Events

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2013 Creating a Buzz
Smeal Business Club, Philadelphia Chapter Quarterly Entrepreneur Series presents:
Creating a Buzz:
How To Make Your Business Newsworthy
Do press releases really work?  Why doesn’t the news ever call me for my expert opinion?  How can I publicize my products? Should I hire a PR Firm? 
Learn how media REALLY works from the experts
Featuring a new line up:
E. Steven Collins,
Director of Urban Marketing and External Relations, Radio One
Kathleen Gerrow,
Assistant News Director, NBC 10
Camille Cwienkala,
Assignment Desk Manager, NBC 10
David H. Lipson Jr. ’78 Com,
President of Metro Corp.
 March 13, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 pm
NBC Studios
10 Monument Rd 
Bala Cynwyd, PA
This event will require that you register prior to attending:
Non Member: $25
Member:  $15  
Includes hot food and soda
ALL Penn State graduates are invited to attend.
You do not have to be a graduate of the Smeal College of Business. 
You are encouraged to tweet and post during this event: #phillysmeal
Penn Stater "Emerging from the Storm"

"Emerging From the Storm"

September 12, 8 - 9:30pm

A Livestream event hosted by the Penn Stater
Join Sam Richards & Laurie Mulvey, whose "Race and Ethnic Relations" class is among the most popular on campus, for a live online event—Emerging from the Storm: Continuing the Conversation

The purpose is to build off the interview they did in the September/October "Penn Stater" magazine issue called "Emerging From the Storm," which talked about what Penn Staters, who have obviously been through a tough time, can do in the wake of the Sandusky scandal—and what they can learn from it.

The event is going to be on Livestream from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday September 12. Sam and Laurie will be on camera talking, and senior editor Lori Shontz will be slightly visible, asking questions. We want — you could even say, need -- Penn Staters to participate in the conversation. You can do so by logging onto the website and typing questions and comments into a text box that's in the upper right-hand corner (which is the easiest option) or the site gives you the option to first log in to your Facebook or Twitter account before asking your question so that your question posts to your account as well as to Livestream. Members of the Penn Stater’s staff will be monitoring the posts, and relaying the information to Sam and Laurie, who will address it.

More information can be found at the following link:

Smeal Business Dean's Event


The Smeal College of Business is coming to your city. Please join us to meet and welcome the new dean of the college, Charles H. Whiteman. Hear from Dean Whiteman about his vision for the future of Smeal and network with fellow alumni, including members of the Smeal Business Club, Philadelphia Chapter.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Executive MBA Program Info Session for Prospective Students

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Alumni Networking Reception (Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres)

7:30 p.m. Remarks by Dean Whiteman

Please RSVP by September 10 by visiting or
by calling 814-865-7831.

Dress is business casual. Bring your business cards to share.

Meet Dean Whiteman: Charles H. Whiteman began serving as the Penn State Smeal College of Business dean on July 1. Prior to joining Smeal, he was the senior associate dean for the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. Whiteman, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, has more than 32 years of experience in higher education and business.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Smeal College of Business. The college has exceptional students, wonderful programs, great faculty and staff, and strong support from alumni and friends. Building on this solid foundation, I will work diligently with the Smeal community to move the college toward even greater success and distinction.” — Charles H. Whiteman


Arts Fest Event



Connect with Smeal During Arts Fest


Meet the new Dean of the Penn State Smeal College of Business


You and your family are invited to take a break from the heat and visit the Business Building for a

casual gathering with the new dean of the Smeal College of Business, Charles H. Whiteman.

Enjoy Berkey Creamery ice cream, take a tour of the building, and learn about Dr. Whiteman’s vision for the college.


Dr. Whiteman will begin serving as the Smeal dean on July 1.

Prior to joining Penn State, he was senior associate dean for the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa.


Arts Fest Open House

Friday, July 13, 2012

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Business Building Atrium


The Business Building is located on the corner of Park Avenue and Shortlidge Road.

Parking is available in the East Parking Deck, located on Bigler Road.

Please let us know by July 10 if you plan to attend by contacting Smeal’s Alumni Relations office

via e-mail at or by phone at 814-865-7831.




Smeal Business Event



New Grad Social


June 28, 2012

5:30 - 7:30 PM


The Academy of Vocal Arts, Courtyard

1920 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA  19103


Enjoy Penn State Creamery Ice Cream, Stickies, Philadelphia Cheesesteak Eggrollsk, Soft Pretzels, Soda, Water, and Iced Tea


Rain or shine:     Event held inside if raining


Optional:  Attend a free Opera in Concert

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Aleko, Opera in Concert, Presented by Russian Opera Workshop

Ghenady Meirson, Music Director and Pianist

Free to the public, June 28th starting at 7:30 pm, runtime about 1 hour and 15 minutes

Click here to register




Speed Networking - With Penn State Style
Speed Networking ... an Event for the Record Books!

  • "Great event last night - thank you!"
  • "I thought the event was a success and thank you for setting it up. I ran into an old friend and some very good potential business opportunities."
  • "Thanks for inviting me to yesterday's Speed Networking - it was fantastic & certainly won't be the last time I attend the club's events!"

This was just some of the feedback from the Smeal Business Club of Philadelphia's unique Speed Networking event!

More than 50 PSU alumni attended the event at the Great American Pub in Conshohocken.

This event was sponsored by...

The law firm of Dilworth Paxson LLP represents a variety of clients including Fortune 500 companies, closely held businesses, governmental entities, non-profit foundations, and individuals. With offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Washington, D.C., Dilworth has the ability to respond quickly, efficiently and effectively to our clients. To learn more, visit

City Lights in Philadelphia

City Lights: The Naked Truth: Why Humans Have no Fur

PSU professor Nina Jablonski presented a truly unique lecture on how and when we evolved into hairlessness! This unique event at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia was attended by alumni from all over the area and was supported by local alumni organizations -- including the Smeal Business Club, Philadelphia chapter.

Dean's Alumni Networking Event

Dean's Alumni Networking at The Ritz


Dean Jim Thomas addressed a group of enthusiastic alumni at this annual event, held February 8 at The Ritz in Center City Philadelphia. The Nittany Lion was on hand and a roomful of alums enjoyed drinks, food and great networking! 

2011 Smeal Club Planning Meeting

We're Ready for a BIG 2011!

A room full of enthusiastic Penn Staters turned out for our 2011 Planning Meeting. Great ideas were generated, promising that next year will be better than ever for our club!

Interested in helping out? We're still looking for great volunteers!

To get involved in a committee (marketing, membership, finance, events) email today!

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It's Time for the Irish Pub!

Fall Kick Off at the Irish Pub

Members and non-members alike mixed and mingled at our traditional fall kick-off event -- networking at the Irish Pub in Philadelphia. Two hours of open bar and great eats helped the party along as Penn Staters from throughout the area got to know each other a bit better.

We're a community of proud Penn Staters...and here's the latest reason for Lion Pride: Penn State Tops Recruiter Rankings!

Honoring New Grads in Franklin Square
Networking, Ice Cream and New Graduates!

On Tuesday, June 8, Penn State alumni gathered at Franklin Square to honor new graduates from throughout the Philadelphia area. Creamery ice cream and traditional Penn State stickies were devoured by all as attendees enjoyed this special event, which has become an annual rite of summer.

Co-sponsored by Penn State Alumni Career Services
March Networking Breakfast in the Suburbs

Networking Breakfast at the Plymouth Country Club

A packed house attended the March 2010 Networking Breakfast Series event, featuring speaker Gene Kolber. PSU alum Kolber was a radio and TV personality known as 'Gene Kaye' on channel 10. He discovered and produced three chart-topping artists and was a partner with Dick Clark's American Bandstand Grill. Gene started Kolber Marketing Group in the 1980s and advises a wide variety of businesses on marketing and advertising strategy.

Gene spoke to the group about how to use unique negotiation techniques to advertise and promote businesses with no out-of-pocket expenses.

February Networking Breakfast with Kenneth Wong

Philadelphia Business Leader Kenneth Wong Shared his Experiences from throughout the U.S. and China...

with a group of fellow Penn State alumni and friends at the Pyramid Club in center city Philadelphia on February 18 from 7:15 am to 9 am. Mr. Wong spoke in depth about the opportunities and challenges inherent in doing business in China and what sorts of services the Chinese domestic economy is hungry for at this time.

Penn State Alumnus Kenneth Wong is the president of Covenant Group Holdings Inc. -CGH -- a U.S. based holding company that partners with privately owned companies in China's dynamic domestic market.

Mr. Wong is well recognized for his many contributions to the Philadelphia community. He has also served nationally, appointed by President Bush as a commissioner on the President's Advisory Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He focused on economic issues and community development.

Read more about Mr. Wong in
this article from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Dean's Alumni Networking Event

Smeal Alumni Join Dean Jim Thomas in Philadelphia!

Alumni from throughout the Philadelphia area visited with Dean Jim Thomas during this event at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. A unique networking event, attendees enjoyed the opportunity to talk to other college alumni and hear about the latest developments at the Smeal College of Business on main campus.

Holiday Bash

We were joined by our special guest -- The Nittany Lion at our  Holiday Bash on January 14 at the Down Town Club in Philadelphia. Attendees enjoyed good food, great networking opportunities, and pictures with the Nittany Lion himself!

Check out our GALLERY for more pictures of the event.

December Networking Breakfast

Spending a Morning with the Philadelphia Fed...

Luke Tilley, Regional Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia spoke to members at December's networking breakfast. The Pyramid Club in Center City Philadelphia provided the perfect environment in which to discuss the current economic climate and prospects for business.

Luke Tilley is a regional economic advisor with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.His responsibilities include working directly with the business and banking community to understand emerging trends and business concerns in the Bank’s District, which includes eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Additionally, Tilley delivers presentations about the national and regional economy, monetary policy, and the role of the Federal Reserve.

Before joining the Bank, Tilley was a senior economist at IHS Global Insight. His primary duties included conducting state and metropolitan economic forecasts, building econometric models, and managing programs to prepare data for quarterly forecasting models. Currently, Tilley is a member of the National Association for Business Economics.

Tilley received a B.A. in economics and history from James Madison University and a master’s in economics from Temple University. He will be receiving his Ph.D. in economics from Temple University in December.

November Networking Breakfast and Victory Pub

Two Great November Events!

Networking Breakfast November 19

Topic: Housing Authorities and Business Opportunities

A full room heard Brian D. Alten, CPA speak on a number of business opportunities presented by housing authorities throughout the country. A Director with Asher & Company, Ltd., Alten provides financial and management consulting services primarily to public housing authorities throughout the country.

Victory Brewing Company, November 21

A group of avid Penn Staters arrived at the Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA for an afternoon tour of the facilities and to watch the Nittany Lions crush Michigan State. Not only were lots of great suds consumed, but visitors sampled the finest beer blends of the house and learned about beer making from the facility's general manager. Nachos and wings were served on the Club during the game-watching portion of this free-for-all event.

Happy Hour at the Irish Pub - Oct. 29th

A group that included marketing professionals, sales people, accountants and excited Penn Staters joined us for our Happy Hour at the Irish Pub on 20th and Walnut in Philadelphia. After free drinks and great food, the talk turned to baseball as our Phillies began the next game of the World Series.

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6 ABC's Matt O'Donnell - Pyramid Club Oct. 15, 2009

October 15, 7:15 am - 9 am at The Pyramid Club in Downtown Philadelphia. Matt O'Donnell, weekday morning anchor for Action News in Philadelphia, addressed attendees at our monthly breakfast series in October. Matt has covered news from throughout the tri-state area and around the world, including interviews with notable news makers from President Barack Obama to Soul Man James Brown.
Topic: The Changing Landscape of Journalism
Admission was just $10 for Smeal Business Club of Philadelphia members and $15 for non-members.
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Monthly Breakfast Series -- Due Diligence Around Investments
Co-hosted by Smeal Business Club - Philadelphia
Philadelphia Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Chapter

Date: Thursday September 17, 2009
Location: Pyramid Club
Cost: FREE for Smeal members

Description:  Our speakers explored how the volatility in the market combined with recent investment firm scandals and fraud have brought investment practices into the limelight and have caused increased requirements by the OCC, SEC, FDIC and FINRA for heightened transparency, risk management and compliance.

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June 18th - Networking Breakfast

Networking Breakfast - FREE to members at the Pyramid Club in Center City.  Robin E. Mockenhaupt (Ph.D., M.P.H.), Chief of Staff at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, spoke on “Philanthropy in Today’s Challenging Economy”.

June 24th - Networking with Recent Grads & Seasoned Alums at Franklin Square Park

Co-sponsored with the Penn State Alumni Career Services and the Penn State Professional Women's Network of Philadelphia (PWNP)


An informal evening of networking in Center City Philadelphia to welcome new alumni to the area, see friends, and build new connections. Traditional Penn State and Philadelphia foods were served including Berkey Creamery ice cream, Diner stickies, and soft pretzels.

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June 5, 2009 Networking Event

Sponsored by Penn State eMBA

Networking Event - FREE to members at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill.  Nat Stoddard, a proven corporate executive with a record of achievement as the CEO, Chairman and/or President of several major public and private corporations, spoke on ‘Being the Right Leader’.

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Mar 26, 2009 Networking Breakfast
Networking Breakfast - FREE to members at the Pyramid Club with guest speaker, Lance Baird Smeal MBA graduate and Vice President, Sales and Marketing Godfrey. Business-to-Business Marketing Communications “Marketing in Today’s Economy – Trends & Strategies”
Feb 23, 2009 Networking Event
Networking Event at the Down Town Club with guest speaker, Dean James Thomas, Dean Smeal College
Jan 15, 2009 Networking Event
Networking Event - FREE to members at the Down Town Club with guest speaker, Dr. Dulin Clarke, Co-Author of the "Pita Principle"
Dec. 12, 2008 Networking Breakfast
Networking Breakfast - FREE to members at the Pyramid Club with guest speaker, Economist Keith Crocker, PHD -- Today's Financial Markets: An Economist's Perspective
Oct 2, 2008 Happy Hour
Happy Hour at the Great American Pub networking event with Montgomery County PSU Alumni Chapter.
Sept. 17, 2008 Networking Breakfast
Networking Breakfast Roundtable at the Pyramid Club with guest speaker, Glenn Newman, CPA/ABV, CFE of Parente Randolph, LLC: “Not My Father’s Accounting Firm” addressing Forensic Accounting.
Sept. 13, 2008 Pub Tour and PSU Football
Sept. 13, 2008 Pub Tour and PSU Football vs. Syracuse, Victory Brewing Company: It was a private pub tour followed by hors d’oeuvres during the game.
July 22, 2008, Pita Pit Breakfast Meeting
Presentation by Adam Green and Adam Palmer, owners and operators of 2 Pita Pit Restaurants.
July 8, 2008 Irish Pub Networking Event
July 8, 2008, Irish Pub Networking Event
June 25, 2008, Professional Networking
June 25, 2008, Professional Networking/Mentoring Event at Franklin Square Park
Joint event with Penn State Alumni Career Services FREE to members .
May 13, 2008, Breakfast Roundtable
May 13, 2008, Breakfast Roundtable at the Pyramid Club
"Development and Execution of an Olympic Security Plan"
Presented by: James A. Heavens Jr., U.S. Postal Inspector Director, Corporate and Homeland Security
April 16, 2008 "Behind the Scenes.."
April 16, 2008 "Behind the Scenes at the Penn Stater Magazine" with Editor Tina Hay
April 11, 2008 PSU Night at the Phillies
April 11, 2008 Penn State University Night at the Phillies Ballpark, Citizens Bank Park
Mar. 20, 2008 The Pyramid Club
Mar. 20, 2008 The Pyramid Club, 6-8pm, Gathering of Smeal M.B.A. Alumni and Friends
Mar. 19, 2008 Pyramid Club
Mar. 19, 2008 Pyramid Club Breakfast Roundtable with Guest Speaker Matthew Sarkees, PhD
Feb. 26, 2008 Breakfast Roundtable
Feb. 26, 2008 Plymouth Country Club, 8-9am, Breakfast Roundtable
Feb. 15, 2008 Executive Speaker Series
Guest speaker Kimberly Bennett: hosted by the Smeal Executive MBA program
Jan. 22, 2008 Pyramid Club
Jan. 22, 2008 Pyramid Club, Breakfast Roundtable
Nov. 10, 2007 PSU vs. Temple Football
Tailgate Social @ Lincoln Financial Field
Members of the PhillySmeal organization along with members from the Smeal Business school, including Dean James Thomas, PSU alumni, and friends and family all joined for the big bash pep rally to cheer on the lions to victory. The band, cheerleaders, and even Graham Spanier provided entertainment.
Oct. 20, 2007 Penn State Day
Penn State Day at Penn State Brandywine - A day of free entertainment for the entire family, included the popular State College band, JR and Sharon. The PSU vs. Indiana football game was televised with a barbecue, grilled stickies and Creamery ice cream!
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Oct. 2, 2007 QVC Studio Park
Private Studio Tour, Shopping and Networking Reception
A private tour of QVC, the world's preeminent electronic retailer, for the night of private shopping, touring and networking. The tour kicked off with networking and an hour of shopping at the Studio Store all to ourselves. The PitaPit generously donated a variety of their Pitas for a bite to eat both before and after the tour. The group was separated into two private tours to get an inside look of the history, business operations, and studio sets.
Sept. 18, 2007 Irish Pub Networking Reception
Mingling and hors d’oeuvres at our Autumn Reception. Event featured two hour open bar for draft beer, wine and soda, buffalo wings, veggies, fruit, cheese/dip and a taco bar.
July 14, 2007 Penn State West Halls Alumni Ice Cream Social
Several Smeal Philadelphia members were present at the Arts Fest Ice Cream Social to generate interest in the growing organization.
June 27, 2007 Pyramid Club
Dean Thomas met with a select group of Smeal Alumni to share his vision to place Smeal among the top five public business schools in the country. The new building and changes to both undergrad and graduate curricula will allow the College to achieve this goal within three to four years.
July 23rd - PSU Night at the Phillies

Date: Thursday, July 23rd, at 7:05 pm

Location: Citizens Bank Park


The Philadelphia Phillies will play the San Diego Padres.  Proceeds from the tickets will go towards THON, the world’s largest student-run philanthropy benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund!   PSU Cheerleaders, PSU Blue Band, and the Nittany Lion will make a special appearance ( and it is Dollar Dog Night!