Lt. Gov. Steve Pence Among Speakers at Professional Skills Conference
Lt. Gov. Steve Pence will return to his alma mater to be recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Business & Technology and speak briefly at the College’s eighth annual Professional Skills Conference on Friday, April 2.
The theme for the event is “Be the Best.” The program also includes presentations by award-winning motivational speaker Harvey Alston and international protocol consultant Regina Horine as well as breakout sessions, a corporate-style luncheon and recognition of the College’s 2004 Distinguished Alumni.
The conference “is an opportunity for our students to hear successful men and women share their views about critical skills that new graduates need in order to succeed as professionals,” said Dr. Janna Vice, associate dean of EKU’s College of Business & Technology.
Activities begin with registration and check-in at 8 a.m. at Brock Auditorium. Alston, who will speak at 8:30, has authored four books, including “Be the Best,” and has received numerous awards and national recognition. He is a former teacher/football coach and college financial aid counselor as well as a successful businessperson.
Horine, who will speak at 9:30 regarding “Interview Protocol,” is the founder of Etiquette and Protocol Inc., which educates clients on universally accepted etiquette and protocol practices and offers practical seminars such as “Dining Skills for Today.”
Pence, who earned his bachelor’s degree in business and a MBA from Eastern in 1976 and 1978, respectively, will greet students during a “Spotlight on Alumni.”
At 10:40 a.m., a panel of executives, including the 2004 Distinguished Alumni, will meet with conference participants in breakout sessions designed to address students’ questions on how to “be the best.”
Seniors will attend a corporate-style luncheon at 11:45 a.m. in the Keen Johnson Ballroom, where they will have an opportunity to meet area employers and interact with successful EKU alumni. Also at the luncheon, the 2004 Distinguished Alumni will be formally recognized. Joining Lt. Gov. Pence as honorees will be Col. (Ret.) Gerald Byrd, Dr. Carolyn J. Henry, David B. Jackson, George E. Ridings and Chryssa Zizos.
The EKU Steel Band will provide musical entertainment.