February 08, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — David J. West, president and chief executive officer for The Hershey Company, will be the keynote speaker at Bucknell University's fourth annual Student Leadership Institute.

West will give the talk, "Leadership in Practice," Saturday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center.

West, who graduated from Bucknell in 1985, joined Nabisco as senior cost analyst for the Planters/LifeSavers Company in 1987. During his 14-year career with Nabisco, he served as vice president, corporate strategy and business planning, and director, investment analysis, among other positions. 

West joined Hershey in 2001 as vice president for business planning and development. The Hershey Company is the leading manufacturer of quality confectionery and snack products.

Alumni and students
"The Leadership Institute inspires students to be active members of their community by providing them with examples of leaders who make a difference on a daily basis," said Bucknell junior and organizer, Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari.

The half-day conference welcomes alumni back to Bucknell to share their knowledge and experience regarding leadership with Bucknell students. This year's conference will focus on 'Leadership in Practice' with session topics including: Leading from Every Angle, Stages of Leadership, Navigating the Creative Process, Presenting Yourself and Networking, Leading in a Global Society and Motivation.

The Institute is open to Bucknell students; the registration fee is $5. Login to myBucknell to register before Feb. 12.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Feb. 8, 2008