IUP Business School Hosts Alexandra Levit

Posted on 3/8/2016 1:26:30 PM

Alexandra Levit at Women's Leadership Program BreakfastOn Thursday, February 25, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology welcomed Alexandra Levit, current columnist of the New York Times, to present as a part of the Women’s Leadership Program. In a separate afternoon session, Levit presented to the college as the author of this year’s common reader, They Don’t Teach Corporate In College.

The morning session began with a networking breakfast, where 55 female students met to discuss current issues women face in the workplace with author and workplace expert Levit. Also in attendance were Assistant Dean of Administration Alexandra Levit Speaks to Studentsand Women’s Leadership Advisor Cynthia Strittmatter; Women’s Leadership Student Coordinator Christine Shontz; Women’s Leadership Program Alumni Advisor and Internet Marketing Specialist of WebpageFX Catelin Shontz; Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Student Services and Business Honors Advisor Kara Romance; Secretary to the Assistant Dean for Administration Maureen Bash; and Management faculty member Joette Wisnieski.

Subsequently, participants met to hear Levit’s presentation on “Essentials for 21st-Century Women Leaders.” Some of the topics covered were unconscious biases, flexible leadership abilities, revolutionary ideas, business acumen, diplomacy, and leaving time for the things that matter the most (i.e., family). Sarah Scruppi, freshman business honors marketing student, said the program was “really helpful, especially the advice about the 12-month plan. I really began to think about my future for the first time since entering college. It really just made me want to do better as a woman entering the business world.” Many students iterated that diplomacy was something they wanted to work on from what they had learned. 

The afternoon session was a presentation open to the entire Eberly College based on Levit’s best-selling book, They Don’t Teach Corporate In College. Main topics of the presentation included first impressions, communication, and attitude. Over 200 students were in attendance. Students indicated that they learned a lot about keeping a positive attitude, taking risks, and handling difficult situations. Levit’s work in public relations provided an excellent example of how a great attitude made all the difference for her.

Alexandra Levit is a former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal, a current writer for the New York Times, and author of several books, including the bestselling They Don't Teach Corporate in College. She served on the Business Roundtable's Springboard Project, which advised the Obama administration on current workplace issues, and produced the critically acclaimed JobSTART 101.

She is frequently consulted as a national media spokesperson for many major news outlets such as USA Today, National Public Radio, CNN, ABC News, CNBC, Forbes, the Associated Press, and Glamour. She was just named an American Management Association Top Leader for 2015 and 2014 and has also been Money Magazine's Online Career Expert of the Year and the author of one of Forbes’ best websites for women.