Eberly Holds 41st Annual Business Day

Posted on 5/3/2019 9:18:43 AM

Business Day 2019Eberly College of Business and Information Technology held its 41st annual Business Day on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Over 450 students were in attendance and had the opportunity to network with 100 alumni and business partners from over 60 companies.

Each year, professionals from several disciplines, including management, finance, accounting, information systems and decision sciences, and marketing, are invited back to IUP to engage with business students. They offer advice, experiences, and insights regarding their unique journey in the workplace. There are several opportunities for students to hear from professionals both one-on-one and in a panel format throughout the morning.

The panel session topics were as follows:

  • Accounting – data analytics, corporate tax rates, expectations, and qualifications of new hires
  • Management – Artificial intelligence, managing issues with work-life balance, generational differences, and popularity of social media
  • Marketing – Metrics and analytics in marketing functions, B-2-B customer relationships management, application of digital marketing, and technology in the industry
  • Finance and Legal Studies – Deglobalization and its effects on financial markets, active and passive investment strategies
  • Information Systems and Decision Sciences – Cybersecurity and Fintech

Business Day 2019 NetworkingThe panel sessions were followed by a networking session where students had the ability talk to representatives from both domestic and international companies and learn about opportunities that are available to them as business majors. Students at all stages in their academic career were able to network and make connections for their future.

Sophomore accounting student April Murdick was grateful for this experience, “Business day gives us an opportunity not only to network with our peers, but to gain insight from professionals on what we need to do to prepare for jobs after graduation.”

Following the networking session, students, faculty, and professionals joined together for lunch and discussion, which gave students another chance to interact with alumni on a more personal level.

L to R:  Dean Camp, Greg Steve, Tami Dotter, President Driscoll, Wendy Pardee, Susan Oh, Assoc. Dean Strittmatter.Four outstanding alumni were inducted into the Hall of Distinction and shared their experiences since graduating from IUP. This year’s honorees included:

  • Tami D. Dotter ’02, M’03, Vice President, Consumer Insights and CRM Tommy Hilfiger
  • Susan E. Oh ’90, CFA, Director, Risk Parity and Currency Hedging, Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System
  • Wendy Pardee ’94, M’95, D’10, Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Greg Steve ’88, Senior Vice President and Senior Corporate Banking Business Development Officer, First Commonwealth Bank in Pittsburgh

In the afternoon, the Eberly College of Business Advisory Council met and discussed issues related to globalization, enrollment, and marketing.  Patti McCarthy, vice president for Enrollment Management, and Simon Stuchlik, executive director of Brand Management, made presentations to the Council.