ZIPD Conference looks at business’ future

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 1, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — In the face of the future’s many uncertainties, with technology advancing at a rapid rate and the economy evolving with it, how can today’s business professional plan for a successful career?

Futurist and business consultant Garry Golden, who explores and predicts how the possibilities of the future can emerge from the present, will deliver the keynote address at Bloomsburg University’s annual Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD) Business Conference.

The presentation, “Tapping Your Inner Futurist: Looking at the Future of Business,” will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. in Carver Hall's Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium and is open to the public free of charge. Golden will discuss how business professionals can make career plans in a changing society and business world, focusing on demographic and technology trends and learning to manage future expectations.

Golden earned a master’s degree in futures studies from the University of Houston. He is the founder of Forward Elements Inc., a management consulting business, and lead futurist and facilitator with consulting firm futurethink. Golden is an adjunct lecturer with the University of Houston’s future studies program, where he teaches the online course, The Future of Energy and the Environment.

He has co-written several business white papers and co-authored “Designing Your Future.” Golden speaks and consults on issues shaping society and business in the 21st century. He has worked on projects across a wide range of industries, including energy and transportation, learning and talent development, civic and cultural institutions and global demographics.

The ZIPD Business Conference gives students opportunities to learn about real-life business scenarios from professionals, most of whom are BU alumni. Presenters share their experiences via presentations, panel discussions, workshops and networking activities to help students become more confident and better prepared professionals with a competitive edge in the job market upon graduation.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.