St. Bonaventure University

Foster Center Events

The William C. Foster '62 Center for Responsible Leadership at St. Bonaventure University hosts speakers and programs each semester aimed at encouraging and inspiring students and members of the Olean area at large to develop responsible leadership skills that will stay with them throughout their careers. Please return to this site often for news about future Foster Center events.

Thursday, April 20, 7-9 p.m.
Challenger Learning Center

A fun, 60-minute dash to a career path

Presented by the Foster Center for Responsible Leadership
in partnership with Olean Young Professionals


An hour-long program of lightning-round presentations in which groups of soon-to-be college graduates get advice from six young professionals about how to start down the path to a successful career. The event will take place at the Challenger Learning Center in Allegany, near the SBU campus. 

Here's how it works:
  • Six Olean-area young professionals will each make 10-minute interactive presentations on a different topic to different groups of 10-12 upperclass SBU students. 
  • At the end of the 10 minutes, each group of students will rotate to another presenter, who will make their presentation again to a new group of students.
  • At the end of the hour, each group of students will have cycled through all six presentations by the young professionals.   
Following the lightning-round presentations there will be a meet-and-greet networking event with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. St. Bonaventure faculty are welcome to attend and tour the many learning opportunities at the Challenger Learning Center during the lightning-round talks, and to join the post-program networking reception.

Students are required to register.


Additional upcoming Foster Center events

  • The Foster Center will host a luncheon at the 2023 Association of Franciscan Colleges & Universities Symposium to be held June 20-22 at Siena College.
  • 2024 Foster Center Conference, April 2024. This conference will explore the role of our Franciscan charism as it guides cross-discipline pedagogy and relates to issues of leadership. Dates and additional details will be presented here as they are finalized. Please return to this site often. 

Past Foster Center events