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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Ann Marie Petko, President

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Ann Marie Petko holds a B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies (Early Childhood Development) and M.Ed. (Special Education) from Penn State University. She worked in Special Education, as both a teacher and consultant for four years, and for the past eight years has held various roles in Retail Management and Human Resources (Retail) for athletic and contemporary apparel companies.

Penn State's career support, alumni network, and sense of community made a Smeal MBA the perfect fit for Ann Marie's post-graduation goals. Concentrating on Marketing and Consulting at Smeal with an interest in sustainability, Ann Marie plans to re-enter the retail industry with a focus on Marketing and/or Human Capital. She is passionate about gender equity, sustainability in labor practices, and talent development overall. Outside of Smeal, Ann enjoys to travel and spend time outdoors.

 

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Alexis Zawelensky, VP of Operations

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Alexis serves as the Vice President of WMBA. Within this role, Alexis seeks to promote open and honest communication about gender equity issues in the workplace via education-based programming and forum discussions. 

Alexis graduated from Saint Vincent College with degrees in Marketing, English Literature, and SAP Business One. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Alexis worked as the Marketing Director for a law firm in Pittsburgh. Additionally, she still owns and operates a small marketing and branding consulting firm out of Pittsburgh.

 

 

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Andrew Marshall, Men as Allies Representative

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Andrew J. Marshall is the President of Men as Allies. Born and raised in North Wales, Pennsylvania, he holds a Masters & Bachelors with Honors from Penn State University. Before the Smeal MBA program, he worked in the art world industry and founded his own company, Andrew Marshall Fine Arts., AMFA for short. AMFA provides collectors, emerging artists and arts-oriented small businesses with consulting services related to art valuation, pricing strategies and business model optimization. 

At Smeal, he is concentrating in Consulting, Finance and Supply Chain Management. In his spare time Andrew practices Judo. Andrew is excited to serve as the President of Men as Allies, working closely with the WMBA to passionately support gender equity.

 

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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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