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Leadership Conference Returns with More Opportunities for Students

Students will once again get the chance to network with Oswego alumni who are established leaders and learn from their peers during the second annual Future Oswego Leaders Conference March 30 through April 1.

AdjekumAfter a successful inaugural event in 2011, organizers opted to add a day to the conference and expand the networking component of this year's event, co-founder Steven DiMarzo '11, M '14 said.

The conference program includes student presentations on different aspects of leadership, a luncheon with a panel of alumni experts in a variety of fields and breakout sessions with those guests. The Future Oswego Leaders Conference was created to draw together students of all majors and class years.

"We try to make as many options available as possible," said DiMarzo, who is co-chairing this year's event with Omicron Delta Kappa President Katlin Brunner '12. The planning committee, which has grown from four to 12 students, aims to bring together an alumni representing science, business, education and many other professions.

Last year's panel luncheon and keynote speech by W.R. Grace CEO Fred Festa '81 was sold out, drawing 118 students to the Saturday event.

"We noticed last year that after the lunch and sessions, students stayed behind to talk to alumni," DiMarzo said. The 2012 conference will include more breakout sessions and social events.

In addition to more events and student presentations, seminars on crafting "elevator speeches," maintaining a positive personal Web presence and social media topics of interest will also be included.

⎯ Shane M. Liebler

Emanuel Adjekum '05, then-talent acquisition recruiter for NBC Universal Cable Networks and current assistant director at the University of Miami Career Services Office, speaks during a Future Oswego Leaders Conference breakout session in 2011. FOLC 2012 organizers hope to assemble a panel of alumni leaders similar to last year's, which also included Joseph Chemotti '90, partner at Dannible and McKee, LLP; Maria Grimshaw-Clark '87, counselor and social worker at SUNY Oswego and in private practice; Jeffrey Evans '86, co-founder and managing partner of Rondaxe Pharma and founder and CEO of Oncoholdings Inc.; and Mary Beth Maroney Fierro '84, then-principal of Oswego's Charles E. Riley Elementary School. The conference is slated for March 30 to April 1.

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