On November 19, 2019,
the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, in partnership with IUP Women’s and Gender
Studies, hosted Carol Washington ’90 as the keynote speaker for the fall Eberly
Women’s Leadership Program.
Thirty students had the
opportunity to network and to learn from Carol as she shared some highlights of
her life story.
Carol graduated from IUP
in 1990 with a BS in management. She has over 22 years of executive leadership
experience and an extensive background in strategic planning, board/community
relations, fundraising, grant writing, and donor-based events planning. She
received the 2013 Women of Excellence Award, sponsored by the New Pittsburgh
Courier. In 2017, Carol was inducted into the Eberly Hall of Distinction. She
currently serves as the human resources director for the Wilson Group.
Recently, Washington published
a book titled Rules of Engagement: My Road to Leadership. As the keynote
speaker, she was able to give the students insight into her experiences, talk
about why she wrote her book, and provide inspiration amidst the home stretch
of the semester. Carol personally signed a copy of her book for each of the
students in attendance.
“My main takeaway from
the speaker is that you have to be okay with change. Life will take you in all
sorts of different directions, and you have to be able to adapt to those changes
because you never know the amazing opportunities that they can bring,” reflected
Samantha Weaver, a junior accounting student.
major Tyra McGarvie appreciated the program. “Carol Washington’s presentation
was truly eye opening, and hearing about her journey was so inspiring. Carol’s
presentation taught me that sometimes life throws obstacles in your path, but someday
you’ll appreciate them because you ended up where you were supposed to be.”
enjoys returning to IUP, saying, “As an alumna of such a great university as IUP,
I am grateful for the opportunity to be considered for regular speaking
engagements, honored for being selected for the Hall of Distinction, and
absolutely blessed to have the chance to mentor and give back by advice to
those students who follow in the footprints of my generation. Thank
you to the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology for impacting
my life forever.”
Cynthia Strittmatter, associate dean
for the Eberly College, oversees the women in business program. Rebecca Shellenbarger, a senior finance major,
serves as the student coordinator for the program and handled the logistics and
coordination for this fall event.