Zeigler Institute for Professional Development

Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD)

10th annual ZIPD Business Conference

The 10th annual ZIPD Business Conference will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4, and Thursday, Nov. 5. The theme for this year’s event, "A Whole New World," brings relevant business and professional development topics to the forefront to validate the current global experiences in which we are living.

This year’s session highlights include:

  • Fireside Chat with Anthony Divalerio ’82 and Steph Pettit ’89 on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
  • ZED talks will take place on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
  • Keynote address on Thursday from Michael Angelo Caruso, global communication consultant & standup comic on "Engage Anyone in 15 Seconds" from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Learn. Experience. Grow. Demonstrate.

Bloomsburg University's Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD) is a comprehensive educational experience designed to build the personal and professional capacities necessary for career success. Students gain a competitive edge in the job market or acceptance in graduate and professional school via knowledge, demonstrated professional skills, and networking experiences.

ZIPD is a comprehensive, holistic, educational experience that provides CORE professional development elements each student is required to complete to achieve ZIPD success.

ZIPD Program Benefits

  • Graduation Stole
  • Transcript Notation
  • Appreciation Award Breakfast
  • Exclusive Networking Invitations
  • Program Certification of Completion
  • Recommendation Letter for Internships/Jobs
  • ZCOB Graduation Awards Ceremony and Recognition
  • High Point Earners= Professional Development Grant Money
  • ZIPD Business Conference Networking Reception - ZIPD Core Requirement


ZIPD Jake Latchum
ZIPD Katelyn Griffiths
ZIPD Business Conference

ZIPD students focus on ...


Sense of Self
Clarified Values
Community Service
Intellectual Growth
Enhanced Self-Esteem
Social Responsibility
Business Career Choice
Effective Communication

Appreciating Diversity
Realistic Self-Appraisal
Interpersonal Communication
Personal and Educational Goals
Global, Cultural, Ethical Awareness
Satisfying and Productive Lifestyle
Meaningful Interpersonal Relationships
Business Functions Interconnectedness
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Initiative and Drive

A new approach to business education

Terry Zeigler '76, president and CEO of Datacap Systems Inc., and wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler '77, endowed the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD) to help students cultivate professional skill sets, while developing a deeper understanding of how the functional areas of business interrelate. Terry Zeigler's experiences as co-founder of a small company convinced the couple of the importance of interconnected business education. Zeigler was in his 20s when he and two partners started Datacap Systems, which develops and markets E-payment interfaces that enable cash register and business system providers to add E-payments to their systems.

In 2016, Terry his wife, JoAnn, and the Zeigler Family Foundation collectively contributed the largest philanthropic gift to the Bloomsburg University Foundation to name the university's College of Business, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

“It was important for us to help to make Bloomsburg students’ educations remain relevant as they prepare to enter the workforce in an increasingly competitive marketplace,” Terry Zeigler said. “In today’s world, it’s critical to understand how all areas of business are interconnected. Our hope is to help provide students with access to opportunities that will give them a thorough understanding of how each function works together, giving them the skills that will allow them to adapt and remain successful in an ever-changing business environment.”

Bloomsburg: The University Magazine

ZIPD Staff

ZIPD Director


Mary Lenzini Howe
ZIPD Director
SH 242

ZIPD Administrative Support


Sandy Freeman
Administrative Support
SH 240