Dave Stadelmyer ’91, BS finance, decided to give back to current students
during these uncertain times caused by the coronavirus pandemic. On
April 16, Stadelmyer held a virtual presentation for members of the Eberly College of
Business and Information Technology College of Business Student Advisory
Council and cohort members of the Eberly College of Business and
Information Technology Business Honors Program.
Stadelmyer often reflects on his time at
IUP and the experiences he had at the university. He attributes his successful
career to the education and opportunities he received while at IUP in the
Eberly College. He met his wife, Gianna,
in a co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and returned in 1992 to propose
to her in the Oak Grove.
He graduated with a bachelor’s
degree in finance and a minor in economics. During college, he accepted an
internship with the Central Intelligence Agency as a finance resource
officer. It was this experience that opened the doors for a successful 30-year career with the agency.
Stadelmyer started his career as a payroll
technician and continuously advanced to positions of greater responsibility in
finance. This included several overseas
tours, enabling him to live on four continents and visit over 30 countries. Ultimately, he was promoted into the Senior Intelligence
Service and served in executive leadership roles at the CIA. Throughout his career he continuously developed
his passion for people and leadership through learning opportunities; studying
strategic leadership at Center for Creative Leadership, leadership coaching at George
Mason University, and leadership and organizational change at University of
Michigan. He retired with distinction in
May 2018, receiving the Career Intelligence Medal for mastery of resource
management and being a gifted manager of people and programs in complex
assignments and times of conflict.
Today, Stadelmyer is a consultant and
leadership coach with his own company, Acorn Coaching and Consulting, LLC. The name is a nod to where it all began for
him here in the IUP Oak Grove. He guides organizations through changes and
challenges, coaches and mentors individuals through their self-assessment
journey as they work towards their future goals, and presents and facilitates leadership
seminars for clients seeking guidance.
During his presentation, Stadelmyer shared
three things we all can control even during an unexpected pandemic. These include
your attitude, your response, and your actions. He explained to students that
although there will be times in life where we are faced with challenges, we maintain
the ability to control our attitude and response to whatever we are facing, and
we can dictate the outcome of a situation.
This presentation was beneficial for
students since there is a lot of uncertainty during these unprecedented times. Following
the presentation, one student shared a takeaway, “I learned the importance of
having a positive mindset to achieve greatness.” Another said, “I learned to not
let failures get you down, because they’re actually great learning
Stadelmyer recommended to students, “Find
a mentor that doesn’t look like you, talk like you, or think like you.”
explained the value of guidance throughout life in any task you come across.
Receiving insight from someone of a different industry or culture truly changes
your way of thinking.
Dave Stadelmyer’s presentation was
one that students will always remember, and the insight provided during these
uncertain times will help both students and faculty push through. The Eberly
College of Business and Information Technology is thankful to have an alumnus
like Stadelmyer, and we hope to work with him again soon.