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‘Virtual’ ICPF Teleconference on the Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays and the Career Opportunities Draws 400 Students and Faculty

By AICC Staff

May 24, 2021

width=611Almost 400 students and faculty from 17 universities participated in ICPF’s 2021Teleconference on the Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays and the Career Opportunities on April 1. Although, due to pandemic restrictions, the Teleconference had a much different look and structure this year, participation exceeded expectations. The Zoom program, moderated by Kelsea Potthast (University of Florida, business administration/marketing major and packaging science minor), began with the presentation of a video on various technologies utilized by the industry. Keynote speaker Brian McPheely, global CEO of VISY/Pratt Industries, followed with a detailed overview of the business of corrugated packaging and displays.

Students then were transferred to 15 individual and preassigned breakout sessions, where they directly asked industry questions that were answered by 15 representatives from Buckeye Corrugated Inc., Green Bay Packaging, Lawrence Packaging Corp., Packaging Corp. of America, Pratt Industries, WestRock Corp., and UniCorr Packaging Group. Throughout the Teleconference, students were advised to regularly visit ICPF’s Career Portal, where they can apply to employment opportunities posted by

these and other ICPF Corporate Partner firms throughout the year.

Participating universities included Appalachian State University, Bowling Green State University, Cal Poly, Clemson University, Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Lewis Clark State College, Michigan State University, Millersville University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, University of Florida, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Wisconsin‒Stout, and Virginia Tech.


The hundreds of students who joined the Teleconference posted their résumés in the ICPF Career Portal’s Résumé Bank prior to the broadcast. Their résumés can be viewed among the over 500 active student and upcoming/new graduate résumés currently posted there. Those firms that are active ICPF Corporate Partners have immediate access to the Résumé Bank after posting current positions for student interns or new graduates.

A video of the Teleconference’s general session can be viewed from the 2021 Teleconference link found on ICPF’s website,

width=88Richard Flaherty is president of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation.