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Annual Women’s Symposium scheduled for March 27

Rebecca L. Bonnevier
Rebecca L. Bonnevier, SMG general manager/executive director of the Mohegan Sun Arena

Rebecca L. Bonnevier, SMG general manager/executive director of the Mohegan Sun Arena, will be the keynote speaker at Penn State Hazleton’s fifth annual Symposium on Contemporary Women’s Issues. The event, free and open to the public, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Sun., March 27, in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building at the campus. This year’s theme, “Empowered for Life: Navigating YOUR Life,” will focus on various topics to help women of all ages and backgrounds achieve personal and professional success.


Following the keynote address, the afternoon will consist of breakout sessions, open forum for discussion, refreshments and information stations. Attendees will receive a free gift bag of samples and coupons and be registered to win door prizes given away at the end of the program.


In her position, Bonnevier is oversees operations of Wilkes-Barre’s 10,000-seat entertainment venue which hosts almost 135 events annually. The arena is home of the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and host of numerous family shows, motor sports events, tradeshows, exhibitions and A-list concerts.


Bonnevier is one of few women managers in the entertainment industry, and is employed by SMG, a professional company that manages over 200 sports and recreational facilities throughout the world.


A native of Clarks Summit, she graduated with honors from Bloomsburg University and has lived and worked in various cities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Louisiana. She currently resides in Mountain Top with her husband of 16 years, Ernie, and their two children Adam and Jessie. She is also a devoted stepmother and grandmother.


In addition to managing over 300 part- and full-time employees at the arena, she is responsible for overseeing the booking and marketing of the facility, as well as the administrative and financial functions.


Bonnevier will address the main theme of the symposium, "Navigating YOUR Life," by talking about balancing family, personal needs and career, and the flexibility needed to adapt to career changes.


Following the keynote address, four breakout sessions will be held. Sessions include:

  •  Mentoring & Networking: Who you ARE and who you KNOW presented by Kathryn Maxwell, D.Ed., CHES; career counselor and academic adviser, Penn State Hazleton.

    A mentor is a special person who provides support and guidance on a variety of life issues. Through their own job experiences, mentors can help provide advice in career development. They can also provide support and encouragement to help you succeed in obtaining a job or making career decisions. 

    When you network, you are getting to know people as well as allowing other people to get to know you. Networking means talking to the people in your personal circle to learn about the jobs they have or to find out about job openings. Through networking, you can learn about the different kind of jobs that there are and what jobs you might like to do.

    Mentoring and networking are about sharing. This session will help participants understand the differences between the two and provide helpful hints on how to benefit from both on your path to a successful career.

  • Zumba© : It's A Party presented by Alyson DiSabella, Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist, Zumba© Fitness Instructor.
    This interactive session introduces you to a dance fitness program based on international rhythms. Strengthening your physical condition helps your outlook as you navigate through life. This session will show you how exercise can be fun and something to look forward to, not dread. Ditch the workout...join the PARTY! Feel free to participate or just observe. You are welcome to dress in comfortable clothing for the symposium in order to take part in this interactive session. 

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® - An Overview presented by Sue Cromwell, Ph.D., Certified 7 Habits facilitator; Senior Director of Talent Management for Penn State Outreach. Since 1989, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® offers individuals a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for helping them solve personal and professional problems. A top-seller for twenty-two years, the program reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service and human dignity -- principles that give people the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. Today's session is designed to provide you with a brief overview of the book. 

  • Closing Panel Discussion with the keynote speaker and presenters will be held to wrap up the day and will include Q&A time for our participants. Following the discussion, door prize winners will be announced.

    Funded through an endowment established by local business woman E. Lee Beard, the Women’s Symposium at Penn State Hazleton is designed to engage women’s interest in topics related to professional and personal development. Each year, the symposium focuses on a different theme, and all women are encouraged to support and attend the events. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the event.


    Additional support for this year’s event is provided by the Penn State Commission for Women, Penn State Hazleton Student Activities Fund, and Penn State Hazleton Women’s Symposium Committee. Locally, PPL has been a sponsor of the event since its inception.


    On the day of the event, check in will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the symposium starting at 1 p.m. Reservations to attend the symposium are required, and seating is limited. For more information or to register, call Penn State Hazleton’s Office of University Relations at (570) 450-3180.

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