On May 1, 2019, the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology hosted 30 female business students at the Hilton
Garden Inn in Indiana for a Women’s Leadership Breakfast event. Students had the opportunity to network and listen to a keynote speech by Laurie Kuzneski ’93, director of Operations and Marketing at Kuzneski Insurance Group.
Laurie has a wide variety
of career experiences, from owning her own cooking business and brand, working at First Commonwealth as the vice president of Marketing, to working in her current position at KGI. She offered her insight to students on keeping a balance between their
professional and personal life and based her speech around the fundamental rules that her company uses in their everyday operations.
Laurie highlighted several important points in her discussion that included checking your ego at the door, showing gratitude in all that you do, and finding a way to overcome challenges no matter how impossible they may seem, among
many others. Networking and hearing from professionals like Laurie help to encourage students to go above and beyond not just in the classroom, but in their careers after graduation.
Senior human resource management student Dominique Sgobba felt fortunate to be a part of the event and expressed how much it meant to her to see the outstanding female students in attendance. “It says a lot that so many students were there at 7:30 in
the morning, a week before finals, to take advantage of the opportunities available to them in the college,” Sgobba said. “As I looked around the room, I saw several students that I know take initiative in our organizations on campus and are such
inspiring young female leaders. I feel so lucky that I have been able to surround myself with them each day.”
Cyndy Strittmatter, associate dean, oversees the Women’s Program. “Laurie’s presentation was a perfect way to wrap up the semester, providing students with advice that can be applied to their professional and personal lives. We appreciated her energy,
her personal stories, and her interest in engaging with our female students,” said Strittmatter.
The Women’s Leadership Program at Eberly seeks to empower female business students by providing them with events and networking opportunities to enhance their educational and professional development experiences at IUP. In the past, Eberly has involved
students in several women’s leadership events such as attending the AMW Women’s Conference in Washington, DC, and hosting women’s leadership panels with successful IUP alumni to offer their advice.