Diversity MBA Association (DMBAA)

This page provides a summary of the Diversity MBA Association and provides a short biography of each officer.

The DMBAA is an autonomous association that works to enhance the career development, community belonging and leadership practices for all Smeal Professional Graduate Program students; domestic and international, online and residential. DMBAA ensures that all Smeal graduate students are equipped with the tools to become successful leaders in a diverse working environment by focusing on the intersectionality of a wide array of topics that include but are not limited to: race, ableism, ageism, and socioeconomic status. In addition, DMBAA works to advance the standards and practice of inclusive behaviors and language by students, faculty and staff. We also proudly support the Penn State Smeal Women's MBA Association (WMBAA) as they tackle issues of gender equity, gender identity and a host of other issues. LinkedIn: Penn State Smeal Diversity MBA Association: About | LinkedIn Email: DMBAA@psu.edu

Officers

Portrait of Rebecca Force.

Rebecca Force, President

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Currently, Rebecca is a Bunton-Waller Graduate Fellow in the residential MBA program at Penn State University (Smeal College of Business). At Penn State she serves as President of the Diversity MBA Association and an Ambassador for Professional Graduate Programs. Rebecca is interested in integrating her experience in media, storytelling, and cross-cultural communications, into the following areas:

Marketing and Branding

Talent Partnerships

Creative Strategy

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Rebecca has a background in strategic sourcing and procurement as a Costume Buyer for television productions including The Real, Blackish, Super Girl, Glee and Jay Z’s short film music video, 4:44 Family Feud. She has worked with streaming platforms and networks including, Netflix, the CW, CBS, Fox, and ABC/Disney TV Group. Rebecca is the season 8 national winner of the Dancing with the Stars costume design contest, on ABC. She is also a published Fashion Stylist and Brand Consultant with work appearing in Time Magazine, Complex, People, and the New York Times.

Rebecca is a leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She founded a professional development program for minority creatives, S.A.L.T. (Style and Leadership Training). This online educational platform prepares graduates for careers in Film and Television Costuming. She authored the curriculum, based on proven methods to increase skills within relationship building, goal-mapping methods, script analysis, sourcing, and creative analysis.

She is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Costume Designers Guild, 892.

 

Portrait of Whitney McFadden.Whitney McFadden, VP of Student Inclusion and Operations

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Whitney McFadden is the Diversity MBA Association VP of Operations. In this role, she implements strategic objectives and ensures operations are optimized to serve the core mission.

Whitney was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School. Prior to joining the Smeal MBA program, she worked in the public sector for various government agencies in the areas of health and environment, social services, and transportation. In her latest roles, she worked in civil rights to advocate for equal access for underserved populations and communities. Additionally, she ensured that her agencies were equitable and diverse in their business transactions and operations. Whitney is concentrating in marketing and management consulting and has secured an internship at AstraZeneca in Wilmington, DE.

Whitney enjoys spending time with her son Joshua, a senior in high school, and her daughter Jocelyn, a second grader. She also enjoys reading, skating, exercising, and volunteering in her community.

  

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Tracy Panella, Executive MBA Liaison

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Tracy has over 25 years of pharmaceutical and medical device supply chain quality experience with multiple firms including Watson, Wyeth, Pfizer and J&J. Throughout her career Tracy has supported and led quality transformations, turn arounds, acquisition integrations and business divestitures with expertise in manufacturing quality operations, systems and compliance. Tracy started her career on the manufacturing shop floor running packaging and filling lines at a generic injectable narcotic firm and worked her up through roles of increasing responsibility in Supply Chain Operations and Quality for multiple dosage forms and medical devices. Most notably, she led several quality remediation and system deployments in support of the J&J Consent Decree in the OTC business bringing back iconic brands such as Tylenol and Motrin.​

​Tracy is the Sr. Director Source Quality EM, Medical Devices at Johnson & Johnson with global responsibility for the quality performance of the external manufacturing network for human medical devices. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Biology from Kutztown University and a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Delaware Law School (formerly Widener University School of Law).​

​Tracy resides in Abington, PA with her husband Tim and their three sons: Thomas and Sam, a senior and sophomore at Temple University, and Ben a Junior in high school. In her spare time (when not diligently working through school work for her EMBA), she likes to cook, read, practice yoga, and watch her youngest son play the family sport as an ice hockey goalie. Tracy looks forward to getting back to her golf lessons soon.​

​Tracy hopes to continue to champion the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as the Penn State Smeal EMBA liaison to the DMBAA.

  

Portrait of Megan Devlin.Megan Devlin, Online MBA Liaison

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Megan is a Manager in the Human Capital division at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the second-largest professional services network firm in the world and one of the Big Four accounting firms. Megan graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources Management. After undergrad, she primarily worked as an HR professional in the Real Estate industry.