Eberly’s Women in Business Hosts IUP Alumnae

Posted on 4/23/2015 4:30:08 PM

Alumnae panelists and Eberly students during the Women in Business Breakfast & Panel.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.

Eberly students enjoy the women in business networking breakfast.“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.”

Christine Shontz

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology