PE Events

This page is updated frequently as new events are added!  Check back often.

To inquire about PE Credits earned prior to January 2016, please email Mr. Davis (

If you were a Freshman, Sophomore, New Transfer Student, or New Business Major at the start of the Fall 2016 semester (or after), CLICK HERE to learn about the Professional Enrichment 2.0 program

All others are grand-parented into the previous PE requirements.  CLICK HERE to learn about the pre-Fall 2016 PE requirements.

Career Development

An important part of the Professional Enrichment 2.0 program is the Career Development Component.  This requirement will allow students to participate in guided activities and experiences that will teach them how to develop the necessary skills in order to navigate their professional career development process.  All Cotsakos College of Business students will take part in the following career components through the Career Development Center:

  • Develop a Career Development Plan (PE 1.0 - 1 point)
  • Have an approved resume on file with the Career Development Center (PE 1.0 - .5 point)
  • Have a well developed LinkedIn Profile (PE 1.0 - 0.5 point)
  • Complete at least one Mock Interview (PE 1.0 - 1 point)

All Freshmen, Sophomores, and New Business Majors should set up their first Career Development appointment as early as possible during their first semester as a Business major.

To schedule an appointment, call the Career Development  Center at (973) 720-3291 and ask to schedule your Initial PE Appointment with Mary Alice Barrows.

Microsoft Excel Certification

Students at the Cotsakos College of Business can satisfy the Technology Tier 1 "Excel Basics" requirement by passing the Microsoft Excel Specialist exam through the College's Global Business & Finance Institute (GBFI). The second exam for Excel Expert Certification can be used toward completion of the Technology Tier 2 "Excel Advanced" activity.

Excel training is offered through instructor-led workshops as well as on-demand video tutorials. Students may use either channel although attendance at instructor-led workshops is strongly encourage.  For more information on the Excel Certification program, please visit our Microsoft Excel Certification web page.

Spring 2018 Schedule

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Business Writing Like You've Never Seen it Before

Tuesday, March 13, 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Valley Road Room 2008
Contact: Mr. William "Jay" Davis
Event #S18-103 |  Communication Tier 1

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Do you want your resume to truthfully declare that you have excellent written communication skills?  Do you want to have 21st century business writing skills that will catapult your career? If you answered YES to these questions, you'll want to attend this fun and highly interactive business writing workshop delivered by Professor Annette Baron, PA, MBA, of the Cotsakos College of Business and President, The Training Edge.

Leading Change Using Case Methods

Thursday, February 15, 4:30 - 5:45 PM
Valley Road 2009
Contact: Mr. William "Jay" Davis
Event # S18-137 |  Soft Skills Tier 2

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Learn how to analyze and solve problems, make decisions, and be an effective leader! Professor Annette Baron, PA, MBA, of the Cotsakos College of Business and President, The Training Edge will show students the fundamentals of using case methods and how to translate case studies into effective change leadership.

Public Speaking 101

Tuesday, February 20, 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Valley Road Room 2008
Contact: Mr. William "Jay" Davis
Event # S18-131 |  Communication Tier 2

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Presented by Michael Yakubov, Director of Graduate Business Programs, you will learn the fundamentals of effective public speaking!.

Strategies for Effective Social Media Communicators

Tuesday, February 27, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Valley Road Room 2008
Contact: Mr. William (Jay) Davis
Event # S18-144 |  Communication Tier 2

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Jaclyn Antonacci '14, MA '16, Online Marketing Coordinator at William Paterson University will discuss strategies and best practices for social media communicators. Explore the foundations, tools and trends that will give you a competitive edge in the digital marketing space. Attendees will learn effective content marketing, community building, and social media measurement skills to create an engaged and actionable audience online.

Jaclyn is a WP alum, holding a BA in Print Journalism and Media Studies, and an MA in Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia. She was honored with induction into the 2017 Jersey's Best Marketing and Communications (MARCOM) Professionals Under 40 on May 4, 2017.

Pitch Tank Competition: Viewer's Choice

Wednesday, February 28, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Valley Road Auditorium
Contact: Professor Bahar Ashnai
Event # S18-136 |  Communication Tier 2

No Registration Necessary

The Pitch Tank is a fun and rewarding event that helps William Paterson University students advance their entrepreneurial business concept, product or business process. This is our 6th annual Pitch Tank, (formerly the Business Concept Competition).

To earn PE credit, you must watch all 4 presentations and submit your viewer's choice ballot online immediately following the presentations.  Feel free to stick around for the awards ceremony from 6:30 - 7:00 PM

Boss Lady!

Tuesday, March 6, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Valley Road Auditorium
Contact: Mrs. Mary Alice Barrows
Event #S18-138 |  Soft Skills Tier 2

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Back by popular demand!!! Jen Santiago, Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car presents "Boss Lady!"  Join this fun interactive workshop sponsored by the WP Career Development Center to learn valuable take-a-ways of being a successful female leader.

(Yes, Men are welcome too!)

Topics and activities will cover branding, networking, effective communication and how to lead a diverse team. Let's show everyone who's the boss lady

The Power of Diversity in Business

Tuesday, March 27, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Valley Road Auditorium
Contact: Mr. William (Jay) Davis
Event # S18-155 |  Soft Skills Tier 2

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The Cotsakos College of Business is pleased to welcome back one of our very popular and dynamic speakers from the COIN Boot Camps, Marlon Addison, Manager of Group Sales & Customer Relationships at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.  Diversity is more than just doing the right thing.  A diverse workplace is a productive, energized and profitable workplace.  Mr. Addison will show students how to unleash the power of diversity in every business setting!

4th Annual Cyber Security and Big Data Analytics Symposium: New Strategies for Encryption as Protection Against Data Breaches

Friday, April 6, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Valley Road Auditorium
Contact: Ms Rosa Williams Hopkins
Event # S18-158/159 | Technology Tier 2

NOTE: Registration Required.  Students & Faculty/Staff FREE.  Initial registration page will show a fee of $50.  Ignore this and continue with registration.  Once you select "Current Student" or other appropriate type, you will see the "Total Cost" box change to 0.

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This is TWO Technology Tier 2 activities.  The morning session, 9:30 - 12:00, features Steve Lutinski, Director, Cyber Security Services at Verizon Enterprise Solutions and David Rossi, Cyber Security Architect for IBM z System (Event #S18-158).  The afternoon session, 12:45 - 3:00, features a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Samuel S. Conn, President and CEO, NJEdge.Net (Event #S18-159).

IMPORTANT: Be sure to sign in with your Student ID Card to receive Professional Enrichment credit!

Business Communication Boot Camp

Saturday, April 7, 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Valley Road Auditorium
Contact: Mr. William (Jay) Davis
Event # S18-103; S18-144; S18-131 |  Communication Tier 1 & Tier 2


Complete the "Communication" component of Professional Enrichment in one Saturday afternoon!  This boot camp will cover three areas of effective business communication: Business Writing, Social Media Communication, and Public Speaking.  Guest speakers will include Annette Baron, President, The Training Edge. and Chris Barrows, Social Media & Mobile Products Coordinator, Digital Communications Group, New York University and Chair of the eduWeb Digital Summit.

Business Etiquette Basics

Tuesday, April 10, 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Room Change!!  Now being held in Valley Road Room 2008
Contact: Mr. William (Jay) Davis
Event # S18-104 |  Soft Skills Tier 1

As a college student, understanding the little details and tips around "Business Etiquette" will definitely help you stand apart from others. Come learn simple tips and tricks to help you network effectively and make strong first and last impressions with professionals or future employers. This fun interactive workshop will cover topics such as ice-breakers, introductions, networking, professional dress and dining etiquette.

Jen Santiago, Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Holdings will host this event.

Women with Wallets & Other Looming Disruptions for the Financial Planning Profession

Thursday, April 12, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Valley Road Auditorium
Contact: Professor Tao Guo
Event # S18-157 |  Soft Skills Tier 2

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The Cotsakos College of Business' Financial Planning Club is pleased to present author and wealth management professional, Charlotte B. Beyer, author of Wealth Management Unwrapped Revised and Expanded.

How will the massive and inevitable changes impact you – an aspiring financial planner or merely an investor? Charlotte Beyer will weave her own personal story of success, first on Wall Street, later as a courageous entrepreneur, into the larger framework of financial planning, both past and future. Trends and disruptions will be detailed and solutions for the profession will be suggested. A lively question and answer period will follow her talk.

Business Leadership: Leading Effective Teams

Tuesday, April 17, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Valley Road 2008
Contact: Mr. William (Jay) Davis
Event # S18-156 |  Soft Skills Tier 2

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Building and leading teams is an essential skill in today's business world. Jessica Bush, Owner and Academic Consultant, The Tutor Doctorwill lead this interactive workshop that teaches students the fundamentals of business leadership and leading effective teams.