On Wednesday, February 26, the first Executive Forum was held for the students of the DeSales University business department.
Everyone who attended was invited by one of the business department faculty. This exclusive event was designed to give students an inside view of what it is like to be a president of a major corporation.
David DeCampli, president of PPL Energy Supply, was the speaker. He shared how he made his way to where he is today and how he began his road to success.
The event began with light refreshments in the lobby of the Gambet Center. Students and faculty from DeSales were in attendance as well as staff from PPL Energy Supply.
Close to 6:15 p.m. everyone congregated into the Gambet Auditorium where Rachel Myslinski introduced DeCampli and Dr. Steven Aukers, assistant professor in the division of business who moderated the discussion.
To begin the program, Aukers asked questions that were very relevant to the questions of any student. Such as, “How do you deal with a crisis?” “How do you use the team you work with to your advantage in making smart decisions for the corporation?”
Business student John Bayeux attended the event and was very pleased with it. “The forum was great,” he said. “It was very informative and an enlightening experience to learn more about the education and career path of one of the most respectable local executives. I also thought it was cool that we got an insight into how a top executive handles certain situations in his career.”
Once Aukers had completed his questioning, the floor was open to the students to ask any questions they had for DeCampli. This interaction was beneficial to the students compared to a lecture.
After student question and answer session, everyone moved back into the lobby for hors d’oeurvres, and students were able to network with the PPL Energy Supply staff members.
“The Executive Forum is a great networking event for current business students, and it allows us to learn lessons from one of the most successful executives in the industry,” said Bayeux. “I appreciated that he shared numerous pieces of advice with the students, to take with us as we enter our professional careers.”
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