Dialogue Days April 12, 13 & 15

April 07, 2021

Registration is open for Miller College Dialogue Days panel discussions on April 12, 13, and 15.

It only happens once a year—this many alumni, sharing their experiences with you. We are excited to welcome back some of Miller College’s most accomplished alumni to participate in this year’s Dialogue Days.* We invite you to engage our alumni during this exciting event on April 12, 13, and 15. During these three days, you will have the opportunity to participate in panel discussions where our guests will share the secrets to their success and discuss topics that will guide you to a successful career.

To attend the Zoom discussions, you must register online with your Ball State email. You can register at www.bsu.edu/business/dialoguedays.* (You will receive the Zoom link upon registration.)

This year, we will offer six virtual panel discussions on Zoom:

10:00 a.m., Monday, April 12
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. Discuss both small business start-up and managing innovation across the enterprise spectrum; some discussion of business risk-taking and the search for capital; how can one be entrepreneurial within an organization (intrapreneurship).
• Bob Foster, CEO, Integrated International Payroll
• Henry Hall, President, Skytech Products Group and Ball State Board of Trustee
• Vince Granieri, CEO, Predictive Resources

3:00 p.m., Monday, April 12
Financial Services. Careers across the range of financial services other than banking; trends in financial services, especially those enabled by technology; client management; nature of financial products and services available.
• Connor Ryan, V.P. & Senior. Financial Advisory, Merrill Lynch
• Jim Schrader, Senior V.P. - Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
• Jamie Davidson, Associate V.P. of Financial Literacy, Financial Center First Credit Union

11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 13
Accounting Career Paths. Discuss various career paths available in accounting. The usefulness of a CPA. Discuss the kinds of employment available to an accountant beyond straight accounting.
• Ken White, Cornerstone Restructuring LLC
• Dan Molinaro, Now Inc. (Retired)
• Tony Smith SASA Capital Markets Center, Ernst & Young, (Retired)
• Shelley Meador, Senior V.P. of Human Resources, Allegion

2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 13
Organizational Leadership. Discuss skills needed for effective organizational leadership. Discuss different leadership styles, how to tailor leadership for the type of organization and business environment, how strong leaders create a supportive culture.
• Renae Conley, CEO, E.R. Solutions LLC and Ball State Board of Trustee Chairperson
• Chris Mapes, President and CEO, Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.
• Kathy Arbuckle, Senior Vice President/CFO, Ascension Health (retired)

9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 15
Banking and Financial Institutions. Opportunities available in banking; changing nature of the banking industry; commercial banking vs. investment banking. Technology and banking.
• Brian Case, Sales, OneAmerica Financial Partners
• Eric Ottinger, Executive V.P. of Commercial Banking, Lake City Bank
• Arden Cramer, President and CEO, Logansport Savings Bank

2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 15
Sales Management and Prospect Development. Discuss the elements of a strong sales program. How are new prospects identified and cultivated? Technology and sales growth. Careers in sales and business development.
• Brad Saar, President & General Manager, Stryker
• Joe Shoaf, Senior V.P., Chicago Series/Lockton Co. LLC
• Gary Gatton, V.P., Sales, Traditional Medicinals, Inc.

*Dialogue Days is supported by Ball State Financial, a division of Financial First Credit Union.

Questions? Contact Miller College of at BUSINESS@bsu.edu or (765) 285-8192. 

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