On 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 and 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
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.
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.