November 11, 2016, over 50 students and several faculty and staff from
the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology attended the Women in
Business Leadership breakfast event held in the Eberly Serafini Room.
breakfast program began at 7:30 a.m. with a welcome from both Assistant Dean Cyndy Strittmatter and student coordinator Sarah Scruppi. The women enjoyed a great
breakfast while having the opportunity to network with students from different
business majors and with a number of their faculty.
breakfast, Becky Stapleton ’84, chief banking officer and senior executive vice
president of S&T Bank, made a keynote presentation and held a Q&A
session. Stapleton gave the women an excerpt of her past, starting with her
upbringing and attendance at IUP, followed by the successes and trials she
faced throughout her academic and professional career.
were given advice on how to rise above the challenges faced by women in the
workplace, and were provided with success tips and encouragement as they
navigate through college, family, graduate school, and various positions.
presentation was followed by a Q&A session, where students inquired how Stapleton
balanced her career while being a mother of three daughters, and how one should
seek out a mentor while attending IUP.
Acuna, sophomore marketing major, enjoyed the program. “I really appreciate the
fact that Eberly provides its students with opportunities to network and to
learn from our successful alumni. Becky was very personable and genuinely
interested in providing us with helpful information. A key take away for me was
how important it is for me to support other women as they seek to achieve their
has been with S&T Bank, a $6.7-billion bank holding company, for over 28
years. She is nationally certified as a
senior professional in human resources since 1999 and holds a Master of Public Affairs
degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She received her
undergraduate degree from IUP in government and public service with a minor in
economics in 1984.
is a member of the IUP Eberly College Business and IT Advisory Council and
works specifically with its Hall of Distinction recognition program. Stapleton
is one of 15 appointed Pennsylvania Women in Banking Statewide Advisory
Committee members whose mission is to provide women opportunities for career
development, mentoring, recognition, growth, and a deeper sense of inclusion
with others within the bank and in the industry, while in turn providing member
banks with more developed, educated, well-rounded, and engaged leaders.