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The Graham Speaker Series

The Graham Speaker Series presents a variety of featured guest lecturers ranging from successful local business leaders to notable Penn State alumni to leaders of national prominence. These speakers share their stories, the lessons they have learned, and their advice with our students, faculty, and corporate partners. The Graham Speaker Series is sponsored by The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies at Penn State York.

Past Speakers

Bob Rhein

President Penn Air & Hydraulics
April 26, 2016

Rhein shared some of the strategies he uses with his sales team. He helped Graham students to see that situations which may appear to be failures, can be learning and building experiences as part of a team.

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Melissa Ural

Human Resources Manager
April 14, 2016

Ural provided candid information on the do’s and don’ts of meeting and interviewing with potential employers, and especially the elements of a proper handshake.

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Deborah Koller

President of Koller Financial Services
January 28, 2016

Koller is a 1976 graduate of Penn State York. She encouraged Graham students to work hard and to be open to change. Koller’s career took her in some unexpected directions that ultimately led to her current position as a highly-respected investment adviser.

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Shannon McCully

Manager, Industrial Engineering at Walt Disney World

Steve Carsella

Senior Art Director for Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group
October 26, 2015

McCully is a 1996 Penn State graduate. McCully and Carsella shared their stories about their paths to careers with Disney. They also spoke about what they look for when hiring employees.

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Michael DelGrosso

Vice president, DelGrosso Foods
October 21, 2015

DelGrosso spoke to Graham students about the history of his company and the evolution of his family’s business, and how they became one of the most highly rated sauce companies in the country.

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Robert Kinsley

President LSC Design
April 13, 2015

Kinsley shared his life lessons learned in college, support of the Greater York area , and his responsibilities of LSC Design.

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Theresa Dohner

Human Resources Manager, Graham Architectural Products
April 7, 2015

Dohner provided an insider’s viewpoint to résumés and the hiring process.

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Susan Byrnes

Founder, Byrnes Health Education Center
March 16, 2015

Byrnes spoke with The Graham Center students about their roles and future roles they need to play in their communities.

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Jeff Hines

CEO York Water Company
February 19, 2015

Hines shared with The Graham Center students what it is to be a good steward of the community and the companies where they will work one day.

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Gary Eberle

Owner, Eberle Winery
October 24, 2013

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Carrie Robbins

Arts Entrepreneur and Designer
October 1-2, 2013

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Robert Choi

Co-founder, Volagi Cycles
March 27, 2013

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Hon. Thomas Ridge

Former Governor of Pennsylvania
President/CEO of Ridge Global
April 16, 2012

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Sheila Johnson

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
April 15, 2010

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Students

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Faculty Liaison

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