At the Molly George Shattuck ’89 Leadership Conference, guest speaker Joanna Kortik spoke to 30 female business students and encouraged them to be “crazy” in their approach to life, learning, and exploring new ideas as cultures in order to enrich one's life.
In conjunction with December’s announcement of the Shattuck Family Foundation’s gift of $250,000, the
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology hosted the conference on March 24, 2014. This fund, named in honor of Shattuck, was established to provide conference and retreat opportunities to female students in coordination with Eberly College.
Students gathered in the Terry A. Serafini Atrium over a luncheon to network with present students, Eberly College of Business alumna Catelin Shontz, and guest speaker Joanna Kortik. Following the luncheon, Kortik spoke to students about the importance
of being “C-R-A-Z-Y” which involved C-reativity, using R-esources, being A-ssertive, showing some Z-eal, and remembering to be an authentic Y-ou. Senior Alex Fidler said, “I enjoyed the event overall. Joanna was very personable and a great pleasure to speak with, and she was a
very calm, collected, motivated speaker.”
During the presentation, zeal was presented using a “flash mob” to show the students how effective enthusiasm is when presenting yourself. Kortik used personal stories to connect with the female students and inspired them to find what they were good at and go for it. Diana Cesar, a freshman of Eberly, stated “She is such a
motivational speaker, and I was happy to find that I could relate to some of her life story and her advice for good living. Hopefully, I will have the chance in future years to repeat the experience.”
Kortik graduated from Texas A&M University in Commerce with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion. She’s received her master’s degree in higher education teaching and is currently working towards her doctorate. She has spoken to Florida staffers at the U.S. House of Representatives; the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech
Republic; and many other college groups in Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, France, and the U.S.
“We are so fortunate to have gained Molly Shattuck’s support for these types of programs,” added Assistant Dean Cyndy Strittmatter. “We look forward to exploring a wide range of topics with our students in the future as part of the Molly George ’89
“What a great way to spend my first day back from
spring break! @JoannaKortik is inspiring and empowering! #mollyleadership2014”—Bethany Barefoot, sophomore