Sponsor the Professional Development Retreat

The Professional Development Retreat (PDR) is a two-day career development initiative for juniors and seniors designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and connections to thrive in the professional world.

Professional Development Retreat

This bi-annual event helps students better understand their emotional intelligence so they can strengthen essential workplace soft skills in the areas of problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and adaptability. In addition to learning more about their own unique talents, students have opportunities to polish their networking and public speaking skills through distinguished speakers, interactive learning sessions, team building exercises, and problem solving activities. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Your investment in the professional development of our students allows us to maintain an innovative and interactive experiential learning environment. Consider joining us as a sponsor.

Presenting Sponsor of the Professional Development Retreat: $25,000

Signature Sessions: $10,000 ea.

  • Welcome and Keynote Address
  • Networking Reception featuring President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D.
  • Etiquette Dinner

Professional Development Sessions: $5,000 ea.

  • Session 1: Understanding Your Strengths
  • Session 2: Team Problem Solving
  • Session 3: Building Your Strengths Library
  • Session 4: Communicating Your Strengths
  • Networking Workshop

Sponsor Benefits

Benefits with your sponsorship may include:

  • Company logo and/or name at registration and in all retreat programs

  • Exclusive signage and recognition during sponsored event

  • Opportunity to introduce and participate in sponsored event

  • Recognition at networking reception and etiquette dinner

  • Invitation extended to company staff to attend networking reception

Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors

  • James W. O’Brien Foundation
  • The Zatta Career and Professional Development Innovation Fund
  • Huron Consulting Group
  • People’s United Bank
  • PROCON
  • Channel Building Company
  • W.B. Mason
  • Deloitte Foundation
  • Guggenheim Partners
  • Enterprise Bank
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Robert Zatta ’71 and Kathleen Zatta
  • Matthew Adams ’95 and Jackie Adams
  • Joanna Catalucci ’88
  • James A. Hogue, Jr. ’99, Elizabeth Yekhtikian
  • Michael J. Loiacano ’95 and Susan E. Loiacano
  • Courtney Sullivan Murphy ’98 & Timothy Murphy ’88, H’14
  • Vincent J. Ragucci, III ’86 and Stacy Ragucci

For more information about sponsoring the Professional Development Retreat, please contact Patrick Spiegel at spiegelp@merrimack.edu or (978) 837-5198.