Eberly Management Class Hosts Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer of S&T Bank as Guest Speaker

Posted on 12/3/2015 4:03:45 PM

Becky Stapleton, senior executive vice president and chief banking officer of S&T Bank, delivered a guest presentation at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s (IUP) Eberly College of Business and Information Technology on November 10, 2015. Stapleton presented to more than 30 students in Stephen Osborne’s “Seminar in Management” class.

Stapleton, a key driver in the strategic planning and direction of S&T Bank, holds responsibilities for developing, overseeing, and managing the vision and strategy for the retail branch network, wealth management, and the insurance divisions.

Becky StapletonBefore she became senior executive vice president and chief banking officer, Stapleton served as the director of human resource management and employee communication. She worked successfully and comfortably in this position for several years; however, when the opportunity for promotion and role change presented itself to her in June 2014 she asked herself, “do I want to spend the next 10 to 12 years essentially doing the same thing that I have been doing, or can I ramp it up one more time?” By accepting the promotion, she realized what her capabilities truly entailed. 

During her presentation, Stapleton addressed her past experiences as she presented the class with insights on how she reached her current position, and also gave the students guidance on how they can accomplish their own professional goals. Stapleton emphasized the importance of continuing to challenge oneself and not being afraid to take risks even if they are uncomfortable. 

“Whatever you choose to do in life, don’t always accept the comfort that comes with good job knowledge,” Stapleton said. “If you don’t explore all of your abilities you might miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” 

Stapleton emphasized the importance of soft skills as she spoke about the significant role these skills played in her promotion. She stressed that having great leadership and management skills in addition to being a team player, being customer-centered, and always staying involved with the community helped her tremendously in the long run. Stapleton suggested that students keep this in mind and remember the need for soft skills when starting their own professional careers. 

Following the many encouraging, inspiring, and insightful statements Stapleton made throughout her presentation, she closed with a concise summary of some of the important values she learned throughout her professional career. 

“Always be in the moment,” Stapleton said. “Be thoughtful, engaged, bright, curious, and never stop learning. Sell yourself and sell your ideas every single day.”