Smeal Women's Network

Information about the Smeal Women's Network at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

The Smeal Women's Network is designed to provide forums for discussing and encouraging women's leadership through raising awareness of existing initiatives, and also creating new opportunities for personal and professional development. The initiative, which grew from cross-constituent requests, includes Smeal faculty, staff, and students.

Some existing initiatives that the Smeal Women's Network partners with includes: Centre County Women's Resource Center, Penn State Commission for Women, Women in Business, Multicultural Women's Forum, and the National Association of Women MBAs.

Upcoming Events 

Upcoming Smeal Women's Network Events
Event Title Time Date Facilitator Host

Smeal Women's Network Members

Steering group members include:

Past Events 

Past Smeal Women's Network Events
Event Title Date Facilitator Host
Professional Networks and the Sphere of Influence for Women Business Leaders April 30, 2018 Keleigh Asbury Smeal Women's Network
"Working from Your Strengths" Professional Development Event Dec. 15, 2017 Carrie Marcinkevage Smeal Women's Network
Extraordinary Leaders Research Findings Dec. 1, 2015 Aparna Joshi Smeal Women's Network

Women's History Month

Each March, the Smeal Women's Network will celebrate Women's History Month by highlighting faculty, staff, and students who are outstanding representatives of the college. Their work and accomplishments reflect the group's mission of discussing and encouraging women's leadership. Each honoree was asked "Who inspires you and why? and "How would you inspire others?"

2018 Honorees

Portrait of Samantha FerroSamantha Ferro - Marketing '18
I am most inspired by women who had to overcome unfavorable odds to become self-made successes, and who continue to maintain an optimistic outlook despite negative past experiences. Women such as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Malala Yousafzai, and Mimi Ikonn. I find their stories so inspiring because if they were able to overcome all of the obstacles in their lives and still become so accomplished, then so can I. 

I hope to inspire others through leading by example and by being transparent with all of my past and current experiences. I have always aspired to empower people to set their standards high, and to show them that they can achieve their goals with the right mindset, consistency, and prioritization. I have always tried to maintain an optimistic outlook throughout life, which has helped me in turning my setbacks into lessons and in believing that there are no limits to what I am capable of accomplishing. I try my best to encourage others to have this type of limitless mindset and work ethic so that they can set goals without boundaries and successfully achieve them.

Portrait of Nicole Lindie.Nicole Lindie - Masters of Management and Organizational Leadership '18
My mother inspires me because she is hardworking. She has helped me realize that anything in this world is attainable with hard work and sacrifice. I am also inspired by any woman who sets goals for herself and strives to reach them.

I would inspire others by telling them to speak their goals into existence. The power of the mind is incredibly strong, so the more that you claim your goals and dreams, the more they can become a reality. I would also inspire others by encouraging them to work hard.

Portrait of Monica Snyder.Monica Snyder - Assistant to the Dean of Undergraduate Education
I am inspired by many people that I work with every day.  However through Women In Business, I have had the opportunity to engage with strong female leaders such as Liz Zlatkus, The Harford,  Susan Schandel, NASCAR and Donna Kalajian Lagani, Cosmopolitan magazine.  Each woman has a unique story with challenges and hurdles that they had to overcome.  Those stories inspire me to reach my goals.  

I try inspire others by being an active listener and strong supporter.  Sometimes encouragement and small acts of kindness can make a big impact.

Portrait of Linda Treviño.Linda Treviño - Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics
Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspires me.  She overcame obstacles early in her career as a lawyer and went on to become a Supreme Court Justice.  She is in her 80s, working hard (including working out!) and standing up for what she believes is right.

I don't consciously think about inspiring others, although I hope that at least some of my students will be inspired by what they learn in my classes and commit themselves to an ethical life.  I also love working one on one with doctoral students and hope that they will be inspired to work hard toward a happy and successful academic career, and that they will pay it forward in terms of the guidance they will give to others in the future.