Alumna Washington Keynote for Women’s Leadership Program

Posted on 12/2/2019 9:35:08 AM

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.

Women's Leadership Program - Carol Washington, keynote, 11/19/19Carol 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. 

Women's Leadership Program - Carol Washington, keynote (center), Rebecca Shellenbarger (left), and Cynthia Strittmatter (right), 11/19/19Marketing 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.”

Washington 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.