2015 Professional Development Day

Overview of the Day

Every year, the F&M soccer team comes together for one day to think exclusively about their future career pathways. It is an exciting day where the F&M soccer staff connects the team with respected business leaders whom impart their wisdom and expertise.  This year our guest speaker list includes Michael Rhodes, Beth Throne, Scott Malfitano, and Aaron Jacobs. The schedule includes a mixture of lectures, interviews and interactive group sessions all geared towards getting our players further, faster in the job market.

March 28 2015 Schedule @ Joseph International House

  • 9:45-10:00 People arrive, meet and greet.
  • 10:00-10:15  Coach Wagner Introduction including the release of the “Billy video”
  • 10:15 Keynote Speaker Michael Rhodes
  • 11:00 Breakout Sessions by class
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:30 Panel Discussions


Biographies of Guest Speakers

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Before joining TD Bank Group, Michael Rhodes held a variety of roles within the payments and banking sector.  Most recently, Michael was the Chief Executive Officer of a multi‐hundred million dollar buyout fund.  Previously, Michael served as the CEO of MBNA Europe Bank Limited (EBL) where he expanded the business into the largest card issuer in Europe, and doubled profits.  With $30 billion in assets, MBNA EBL operated in three countries (U.K., Ireland, and Spain) and employed 5,000 people.  MBNA EBL’s products included credit card, unsecured personal loans, deposits, business loans, mortgage brokering, and insurance premium financing.

Michael has also held positions as Managing Director of Bank of America’s U.S. Card business, and Vice‐Chairman and Chief Marketing Officer of MBNA America Bank.  Michael drove MBNA’s affinity and partner marketing strategies that were key to its leading market‐share and revenue growth.  Other roles at MBNA include directing the corporate M&A function, where Michael facilitated more than $5 billion in acquisitions and evaluated tens of billions of dollars in opportunities for asset and company purchase or divestiture.  His experience with MBNA included providing oversight to the $5 billion Canadian credit card business and managing technology, call centers, underwriting, and credit / collections functions.

Michael began his career with MBNA after earning his MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.  He also holds an engineering degree from Duke University and worked for the world’s leading forensic engineer firm for several years before transitioning to financial services.

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At Franklin & Marshall (F&M), Beth oversees the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development, which prepares students to launch into their lives and career beyond college and supports them in the years which follow by: (1) helping them explore and clarify potential career pathways; (2) exposing them to extraordinary opportunities; (3) preparing them to compete for the opportunities they seek; and (4) helping them sustain trajectories of success well after graduation.

Prior to returning to F&M, her alma mater, Beth practiced law for several years with Fox Rothschild LLP, handling commercial, employment and construction litigation matters.

Beth’s legal career was preceded by a career in the staffing industry. After she graduated from F&M, Beth worked for Randstad North America, an international personnel placement firm, where she worked her way up from the role of recruiter to the position of Market Recruiting Manager. While at Randstad, Beth taught career-skills and job-training seminars for workforce development programs, created a training division that provided employment counseling to people looking to make career transitions, and trained the company’s Pennsylvania staff on candidate recruitment, placement and retention practices.

Beth received her B.A. in Psychology/Spanish, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from F&M in 1995. She subsequently received her J.D., cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2004.

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Scott Malfitano is Vice President of Corporation Service Company which is the nation’s largest compliance, document retrieval and corporate service companies. For the past several years he has been responsible for working with companies CSC has acquired, helping acclimate them into the CSC business and service culture. He currently works with 3,600 County Clerk and Recorder offices throughout the country helping them become paperless in their business processes. He launched CSC’s Business License and permit compliance business, managed their international division and introduced one of CSC’s middle market divisions serving financial professionals and CPA’s.

Malfitano serves on the executive committee and as member of the board of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. He volunteers for several community-based programs in Delaware. He earned a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in political science from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA., in 1984.

Breakout Session Themes Per Class

Freshman Class and Sophomore Class

What Will Be Your F&M Story: Building an Acumen that Will Secure Your Future Now

From major declaration to varsity sports involvement, and professional connections to internship experience, the acumen you build beginning in your first year can affect whether and how you land a job or secure admission to a professional or graduate school program before graduation.  This session for first year and sophomore students will cover what you can do now to secure your future. 

Junior Class

Discussion led by Scott Malfitano. The theme of these conversations is “How do you think your skills translate to the real world? What skills do I have and how do they relate to the business world/field I want to be in?”. The focus areas for this group include: Resume Building, LinkedIn Profiles, Facebook Profiles, networking with a purpose, starting a relationship with an alum/contact and more importantly how to SUSTAIN that relationship.

Senior Class   

Our seniors will undergo a very different process than the rest of our players as most already have jobs secured. Each senior will undergo a live mock interview with Michael Rhodes and Scott Malfitano. These interviews will be done in-front of their peers. Afterwards, Michael and Scott will critique the group. We feel this is a critical step in the process as few people ever get true feedback on how they interview.

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