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Department of Athletics Hosts First-Annual Student-Athlete Leadership Forum

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Seton Hall University Department of Athletics hosted its First-Annual Leadership Forum for all junior and senior student-athletes on Thursday, March 22, in Walsh Gymnasium.

The Department of Athletics invited several sports industry leaders to the event to talk to Seton Hall's student-athletes about their own experiences and how to prepare for life after sports as they prepare to embark on their careers.

The speakers included Mike Tannenbaum, the General Manager of the New York Jets; Al Kelly, the President & CEO of the NY/NJ 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee; John Sample, a Vice President for the National Basketball Association Entertainment Division; and Mary Beth Childs, who owns her own marketing firm MBC Marketing, LLC.

Glenn Horine, a principal at H&H Consulting moderated the forum, which also featured a question and answer session with the student-athletes and the panel.

"They gave us a realist look at what we can do to prepare ourselves to go out into the real world and find a job and what may help us get a job over somebody else," said Joey Lacus, a member on the Pirates' men's swimming & diving team.

"I took a lot from John Sample who emphasized that you should stay busy and stay hungry all the time," Lacus said. "The panel said not to be afraid to work at something, go out and get an internship, get yourself known by a lot of people and set yourself apart from someone else."

The event came about as a way to allow Seton Hall's student-athlete to have an opportunity to meet with a diverse panel of leaders that could speak not only to the wealth of opportunities after graduation but also the best ways to take advantage of those opportunities and differentiate themselves from their peers.

In addition to the question and answer session as a part of the formal event, there was also a cocktail reception held in the Walsh Lobby where the student-athletes were afforded an opportunity to have one-on-one conversation with each of the speakers.

"It was very inspring. Just to be in the presence of those panelists and hear what they had to say was unbelievable, and then to have the opportunity to personally meet and talk to them was even better," said Krissy Wrobel, a senior on the SHU volleyball team.

I think a lot of the athletes here are focused on their sports and that's it, so this experience was very eye-opening for a lot us, especially us seniors who will soon be entering the real world. It was very rewarding to learn the how to's and hear the ever-growing stories from some of the most successful business people in the NY-NJ area."