National Association of Women MBAs (WMBA)

This page is for the National Association of Women MBA's (WMBA) information and bios for the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Smeal’s WMBA chapter is dedicated to the professional, economic, and personal development of businesswomen at Smeal and beyond. We foster that commitment via professional development, networking, and philanthropic opportunities. We hold that the promotion of Smeal women requires a commitment to engaging the business community in conversations around gender equity and the implicit challenges that women face in business.  

The Smeal WMBA recognizes and embraces its role as a community organization that has obligations extending beyond the traditional scope of an MBA club. We believe that professional development includes an awareness of documented structural inequalities and, accordingly, we seek to promote conversations around gender equity. In doing so, we hope not only to cultivate a thriving community that may serve as a model of dedicated, inclusive professionalism, but also to equip our members with the knowledge to enact structural change and champion gender equity in their postgraduate careers.

Officer Bios

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Kruti Rao, President

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Kruti graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduation, she spent four years working in diverse positions as a Process Engineer, Product Engineer, and a Predictive Analytics Engineer for a global imaging and printing solutions company.

Kruti is pursuing an MBA degree at Smeal to expand her skill set in Supply Chain Management, Marketing, and Strategy. She was drawn to the Smeal program specifically because of the strength of the supply chain program, breadth and global reach of its alumni, and value placed on integrity and community. As WMBA president, she is hoping to continue to foster a sense of community through diversity and inclusion events that promote empowerment and gender equity.

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Addie Answine, VP of Communications

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Addie graduated from Penn State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine. After graduating, she matriculated to Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA where she has developed interests in Internal Medicine and Interventional Cardiology.

As part of a dual MD/MBA program offered by Penn State, Addie has chosen to pursue business courses at Smeal. She has enjoyed the breadth of business knowledge she has acquired from working with her professors and classmates. She is ultimately interested in starting her own private practice in Cardiology. She hopes to become a well-rounded physician that understands both the business and science of medicine.  As part of the WMBA board, she hopes to encourage women in business via community outreach and conversation.

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Elizabeth Luff, VP of Finance

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After graduating from Penn State with bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Beth worked for four years at a wholesale petroleum distributor based in Allentown, PA.  She completed a paralegal studies certificate and began her career in the company’s legal department before working as a mergers and acquisitions analyst.

Beth was drawn to Smeal due to its small class sizes, its strong sense of community, and extensive alumni network.  She is excited to be back at Penn State and as part of the WMBA, she hopes to promote an inclusive community and encourage conversations among men and women about gender equity.

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David Luzinski, Men as Allies Representative

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David graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Enterprise Management. After graduating, he worked for four years in the insurance field as a data and IT analyst in Washington D.C.

David is pursuing his MBA with concentrations in Supply Chain and Finance. He chose to attend Smeal because of the strong reputation of the program in addition to its community and values. David is excited to be a part of the Men as Allies group in the WMBA to help support gender equality and act as an ally for others.

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Marcel Evans, Men as Allies Representative

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After graduating from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Marcel worked at a boutique marketing firm managing publicity and social media for a small roster of clients. He then relocated to Pennsylvania to work at Penn State University where he utilized his marketing background to rebrand and revitalize the orientation program for the University’s 2,000+ annually admitted international students.

Recognizing the need to grow professionally, Marcel selected the Smeal MBA program due to the small class size and the quality of education. His goal is to transition into a career in supply chain management in the luxury goods market and ultimately grow a real estate portfolio.

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Gena Coyle, OMBA Liaison

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Gena graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology.  As an undergrad, she was actively involved in Iota Iota Iota, a Woman Studies Honor society.  After graduation, she held positions across different facets of corporate business including Finance, Supply Chain, Business Operations, and Customer Management roles, all while actively participating in employee resource groups for women.

Gena is pursuing an OMBA degree under Smeal to expand her skill set in Project Management. She was drawn to the Penn State OMBA program specifically because of its flexible program and impassioned alumni.  As an WMBA-OMBA liaison, she is hoping to expand the reach of the WMBA, encourage participation in student organizations, and learn from the collective experience of this varied group

 

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