On November 7, 2018, Steven Osborne’s MGMT 428 class, Seminar in Management, invited Becky Stapleton to IUP to speak to students about the importance of networking and connecting to people in a business setting.
Becky is the senior executive vice president/chief banking officer at S&T Bank with over 30 years of experience in the industry. She was honored at last year’s Business Day by being inducted into the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology’s
Business Hall of Distinction.
After the entire class entered the room, Stapleton did something unexpected and not only personally introduced herself to every student in the room, but also was able to remember the name of almost every student minutes later. Stapleton explained that
everyone can be good at remembering names—you only have to say to yourself that you can do it.
The highlighted topic of the evening was networking. Every student was asked to bring in a list of 25 names of people they knew either personally or by connections with whom they talk or ask for advice concerning their careers. It was a difficult exercise
for all involved and only proved to show the importance of taking of advantage of every opportunity to network with others in everyday life and to the use of tools such as LinkedIn.
That led to the importance of making sure students are professional and appropriately represented online. Whether on Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram, employers will look to see what students have posted on the Internet and what is freely available
for the public to see. So, it is crucial to always know what is public and what can only be seen by friends and family.
Overall, it was a very engaging and fun experience, with Stapleton touching upon the importance of being candid and true to yourself, but also to be curious and never afraid to put yourself out there, since you never know what might be in store next.
The Eberly College of Business and Information Technology appreciates Becky’s ongoing support of the college and of the professional
development of our students.