On Friday, April 17, IUP’s Eberly College of
Business and Information Technology and the IUP Alumni Association co-hosted 65
students for the Spring 2015 Women in Business Breakfast and Panel.
The event was organized by women in business student coordinator
Christine Shontz, Assistant Dean for Administration Cynthia Strittmatter, and
Associate Director of Alumni Relations Mary Morgan.
Students from Eberly, the IUP Ambassador Group, and
administrators gathered in the Eberly College Serafini room for a breakfast
meeting and then participated in a panel session with four IUP alumni: Florence
Mauchant ’85, Susan McMurdy ’78, Cecile Perich ’74, and Suzy Teele ’82.
Mauchant earned her MBA from IUP in 1985. She is
currently the managing director and partner at HT Capital Advisors, LLC. She is
an active member of the IUP Alumni Association committees for strategic planning,
finance, and the Committee for Program Funding and Endowment Management.
McMurdy graduated from IUP in 1978 with a degree in
mathematics and minor in economics. She is currently an executive advisor for
Endeavor Management, a strategic advisory firm headquartered in Houston. She
has also recently founded a new organization, the Business Golf Academy, which
conducts events nationally focused on women’s leadership, business golf, and
best practices in golf and golf fitness.
Perich received a degree in education in 1974 from
IUP; although she knew her sophomore year that she was better suited for the
business world. Her current role is senior vice president for Global Human
Relations of McCormick & Co. Inc., a Fortune 1000 company that manufactures
spices, herbs, and flavorings for retail, commercial, and industrial markets.
Teele graduated from IUP in 1982 with a degree in business
administration. Currently she is a managing director of Aceda, a management
consulting firm that she originally founded and operated from 1999–2009.
During the panel, students were given the opportunity to ask
the panelist questions. These involved issues women’s face in the workforce
such as: career paths, mentors, work-life balance, and salary issues.
“It’s events such as this that remind women in business that
they aren’t alone and, rather than competing, we should utilize the strong
network we can offer each other,” said Emily Ager, a management student. “Hearing
stories from such successful women and the paths that they took to reach where
they are today helped me to realize that I need to be open minded in my career
choices, and I really do have time to be successful.”
“It was a great opportunity to network with successful alumni
and students of Eberly,” said Linyu Li, a management major. “From the Women in
Business Breakfast and Panel, I was able to gain insight about the Eberly
College and was introduced to some secrets to success in the business world.”
“It was a pleasure and an honor to share career and life
experiences with the talented women business students of Eberly,” said
panelist Teele. “I hope that our panel insights provided some
guidance and food for thought as they navigate their careers.”
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology