Kathryn Alderman, Regina Stover ’75, Dennis Stover ’76, Stover Speaker Sherry Ulsh ’81, Amy Cook, Prashanth Bharadwaj

From left: Kathryn Alderman, Regina Stover ’75, Dennis Stover ’76, Stover Speaker Sherry Ulsh ’81, Amy Cook, Prashanth Bharadwaj

On Tuesday, April 5, 2022, the IUP Eberly College of Business hosted alumna Sherry Ulsh ’81 as the first female Stover Speaker during Eberly's first face-to-face large group event held since 2019.

Inaugurated in 2015, the Stover Endowed Business Speaker Series was created by IUP alumni Dennis Stover ’76 and Regina Stover ’75 to bring speakers of national and international prominence to speak at IUP. Through this speaker series, IUP strives to broaden local horizons and encourage critical inquiry.

As a financial executive from the Hershey Company, Ulsh addressed students, faculty, staff, and administrators in the Eberly Auditorium through an engaging fireside chat focused on preparing our IUP students for the transition into their professional careers, while encouraging students to define their own success, “expect the unexpected,” always take the opportunity to network, and get involved in philanthropic efforts and mentorship opportunities right away.

Management major Kathryn Aderman and finance major Dominic Rocco participated as mediators during the event along with Interim Dean Prashanth Bharadwaj and Assistant Dean Amy Cook.

About Sherry Ulsh

Sherry L. Ulsh is a procurement and finance leader with more than 30 years of experience in various positions with increasing levels of responsibility in the consumer packaged goods, restaurant, and nonprofit industries.  She currently leads a team responsible for US and Canada strategic sourcing and procurement for all categories within marketing and sales for the Hershey Company.  Prior to Hershey, she managed all facets of marketing finance and operations finance for Church’s Chicken, including finance and procurement for the marketing funds and financial planning and analysis for the corporation.

She started her career at Burger King Corporation and worked in a wide variety of financial roles, including corporate, operations, and marketing finance.  At Burger King Corporation, she created and established the marketing procurement function and greatly expanded the marketing finance function to encompass global roles and responsibilities. In addition, she held the position of executive director of the Burger King McLamore Foundation responsible for all facets of the nonprofit organization, including fundraising, governance, branding/marketing, program development, and finance.  

She has a great passion for and has been actively involved in women’s leadership and mentoring programs as well as volunteerism and philanthropic endeavors. Ulsh has an MBA from the University of Miami and a bachelor of science in finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.