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Spartan Experiences

Unique Experiences Brought to You by Extraordinary Spartans

The MSU Alumni Office brings exclusive content to you where you live. Grow professionally and forge strong bonds with like-minded people when you participate in these one-of-a-kind experiences.

Executive Retreats

Mindful Leadership with HGTV Co-founder Susan Packard

Candid conversations regarding professional and personal growth, taught through a lens of Mindful Leadership, await you at this retreat. Mindfulness is a state of presence and self-compassion that makes for great leaders, balancing life with demanding professions. In addition to a serene setting, the retreat incorporates meditative exercises capable of helping to channel your inner strength and focus. You’ll leave refreshed and with a renewed sense of purpose to tackle the leadership challenges before you.

Susan Packard has been on the ground floor and helped build powerhouse media brands such as HBO, CNBC, and HGTV. She is the co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and former chief operating officer of HGTV. Under Packard’s leadership, HGTV became one of the fastest growing cable networks in television history. Today HGTV is available in more than 98 million U.S. homes and distributed in over 200 countries and territories. Packard helped build Scripps Networks Interactive to a market value of more than $10 billion. In 2015, Packard released her first book, New Rules of the Game: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace, which is the basis of many of the discussion topics for the Mindful Leadership retreat.

Susan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1977 from MSU’s College of Communication Arts & Sciences and the Honors College, and a Master’s Degree in 1979 from the College of Communication Arts & Sciences.

Spartan Women

Spartan Women - Chicago

What do HGTV Co-founder Susan Packard, MSU Head Athletic Trainer Sally Nogle, Chopped Producer Melanie Paul Reardon and 2015 Kiwanis International President Sue Petrisin all have in common? They're all very accomplished, they all bleed green and white, and they have all been featured speakers in our original series, Spartan Women.

The Spartan Women series highlights women from a variety of disciplines and professions who have reached great professional heights. These intimate events include interviews with speakers in which they tell of their journey, challenges they've endured along the way and how their experiences have molded them into the people they are today.

Since it began in 2014, Spartan Women events have been held in East Lansing, Detroit, Washington D.C., Chicago, New York, Indianapolis and the list continues to grow.