IUP Business Women: Network, Network, Network

Posted on 2/13/2018 1:48:52 PM

Students from the IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology attended the Pittsburgh Magazine’s Women and Business event on February 8, 2018, at the Hyatt House in Shadyside. The event was sponsored by S&T Bank.

IUP Eberly Business WomenKate Bedont (senior, finance), Katie Swauger (senior, accounting), Kaleigh Lowers (senior, human resource management), Kaitlyn Newman (junior, marketing), Maria Hoge (junior, information systems and decision sciences), and Maria Newton (senior, international business and Spanish) joined Adean Strittmatter and development manager Amy Harger for an evening of networking and presentations by female business leaders from the greater Pittsburgh region.

Following networking with over 100 professionals, female leaders were recognized by Becky Stapleton (senior executive vice president and chief banking officer, S&T Bank). Honored were: Erin Gibson Allen (attorney, Marcus and Shipira), Holly Bulvony (senior vice president of Communications, A to Z Communications), Melissa Kawai (vice president, Max Construction Company, Frie-Max Management, Fox Chapel Sea Rah, Inc., and South Side Marina, Inc), and Valentina Vavasis (owner, Valentina Vavasis Consulting and Pittsburgh Vernacular, and adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture).

The keynote address was made by Laura Ellsworth, head of Global Community Service Initiatives, Jones Day. She spoke about what makes her tick and what made her decide to settle in Pittsburgh after growing up in New York City. Ellsworth received her BA from Princeton University and her JD from the University of Pittsburgh. She was the firm’s first-ever partner-in-charge of global community service initiatives. Prior to that, she spent 12 years running Jones Day’s Pittsburgh office. Her professional experience includes leading the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. In 2013 and 2014, she co-chaired the federal judicial selection committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Cyndy Strittmatter, dean and coordinator of the Women in Business Leadership Program for the Eberly College of Business and IT, was pleased to take students to the event. “We work very hard to put our students in front of business professionals every chance we can get,” said Strittmatter. “Networking helps them to make important connections, gain confidence, and hone their verbal communication skills.” 

Finance senior Kate Bedont appreciated the opportunity to attend the event, adding “the Women and Business event held by Pittsburgh Magazine and sponsored by S&T Bank provided a great opportunity for us to network with successful women in various industries. Hearing about the honorees’ accomplishments and listening to the keynote speaker was both motivating and inspiring.”

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