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Centennial Conference Announces Part Two of the Pillars of Excellence Speaker Series

Centennial Conference Announces Part Two of the Pillars of Excellence Speaker Series

Full Pillars of Excellence Release

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Centennial Conference has announced the Pillars of Excellence (PE), a conference-wide four-part speaker series. The conference will offer a virtual facilitator-led educational session for Centennial member institutions that will focus on financial wellness on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.

The Centennial Conference will host Dr. Jim Kunz a social work professor from McDaniel College. Dr. Kunz will help start the financial literacy conversation, discuss budgeting roadblocks, and help students gain a new perspective on money management and habits. 

Register in advance for this meeting: (registration will close on Monday, November 16)

*After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, it may go to the spam or junk folder.

Future Pillars of Excellence Schedule 


Diversity and Inclusion- Wednesday, December 16th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

The 122 Consulting Group consists of a diverse team of individuals that are passionate about inclusive excellence. The session with 122 will provide participants the opportunity to reflect on what is happening in the areas of race and social justice not only on their campus but also in society. 122 will lead an interactive session for the Centennial student-athletes on the topic of equity, anti-racism, and transformative allyship.


Professional Development- Thursday, January 21st, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

What are the ABC’s of professional presence? During this session with Will Baggett student-athletes will learn how to present key leadership qualities and use their appearance, behavior, and communication skills to build their personal brand. Will Baggett, founder and Chief Development Officer at Emergent Executives LLC, is widely regarded as one of the top presenters in the country. In 2016, he published a bestselling guide for young professionals entitled, The Blueprint for a Successful Career.

These virtual events are meant to contribute to the holistic development of Centennial Conference student-athletes. The Pillars of Excellence series will allow student-athletes the opportunity to connect and learn with their fellow Centennial peers through interactive sessions with industry experts. 

For updates on speakers, promotions, and other resources on the Pillars of Excellence, visit or follow @CentConf and use the hashtag #CentConfPE on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Additional information on upcoming program dates and registration will be released throughout the year via the conference website. 

About the Centennial Conference

The purpose of the Centennial Conference is to provide for athletic competition among institutions that share high academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Its full-time members include Bryn Mawr, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Haverford, McDaniel, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore, Ursinus, and Washington College, along with Johns Hopkins University.

The Conference was founded in 1981 as the Centennial Football Conference and began competition as an all-sports conference in the fall of 1993. The Conference crowns champions in 24 sports.

For more information on the Centennial Conference, please visit or follow the Centennial on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.