IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology’s Student Finance
Association hosted alumna Bethany Barefoot on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
a 2016 IUP graduate who works as a finance specialist at PNC Bank in
Pittsburgh. In her current role her responsibilities include monitoring
a business banking deposits portfolio, analyzing daily
portfolio flows, communicating forecast recommendations based on year to
date and historical performance to business partners, and preparing
weekly and monthly financial reporting packages.
While at IUP, she was a member of the S&T Bank
Student Advisory Council, SMIP, Women’s Leadership Program, COBSAC, PGN,
and IUP Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research
Challenge team, and she is featured on Eberly’s walls as a
Student Gallery Winner.
Barefoot presented a “Solving for
X” presentation. The first half of the presentation focused on developing
technical skills such as analytical thinking and intellectual curiosity. The
students were challenged with reading news articles about macroeconomic factors,
and then matching what the article discussed to an illustration that
demonstrated how those macroeconomic factors may impact the banking industry.
The second half of the presentation focused on
self-awareness. She explained that while having strong IQ skills such as
analytical thinking and intellectual curiosity is important, it is only half of
the equation to being your own definition of successful in life. “Solving for
X” (having strong emotional intelligence) is just as important in order to
be successful in your career, though it can sometimes be more difficult to
solve for. She encouraged the students to do self-awareness audits to determine
things such as what they are driven by and innately good at, and what makes them
happy inside and outside the workplace.
This was a very uplifting and informative
presentation. Bethany brought to light that, thus far, our lives have been
broken out into segments of four years. These segments consisted of times such
as elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. Then, after
college, you are starting the next, bigger segment of your life. She hopes
that her presentation aided us in preparing for this next segment
of our lives.
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology