Women's MBA Association (WMBA)

This page is for the Women MBA Association (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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Jessica Glenn, President

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Jessica Paige Glenn is the Women’s MBA Association President. In this role she stimulates the conversation around gender equality by providing education and events and promotes action towards equality in the larger Penn State community.

Jessica was born and raised in San Jose, California before moving to Southern California to receive a double Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Economics. For the past five years she has lived and worked in San Francisco as the Sustainability Manager for the leader in the brand experience industry, Freeman. She is concentrating in finance and management consulting and would like to use her MBA to apply a sustainable strategy to influence corporate behavior that both benefits the corporations, expands industry partnerships, and achieves a triple bottom line.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys going to the beach, discovering new breweries, listening to true crime podcasts, golfing, and playing with her dog, Ruth.

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Marc Luckey Helms, President - Allies For All

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Marc Luckey Helms is President of the Allies for All organization at the Smeal College of Business. His vision for the organization is to (1) provide MBA community allies with necessary resources to combat gender inequity and (2) provide institutional support for any developing identity or heritage student groups until they receive formal recognition. 

Luckey was born in Virginia and grew up moving frequently across the United States. He graduated Xavier University (OH) in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in International Affairs & Business. He also earned his Juris Doctorate in Business Law from Drexel University in 2011. Prior to joining the Smeal community, Luckey spent three years building a consulting firm (Helms Global Services) in the fuel distribution sector. In this role, Luckey was responsible for overseeing large consulting projects, managing vendor networks, and leading complicated RFP processes. 

Luckey joined Smeal’s MBA program because of its small cohort, expansive network, and highly ranked Supply Chain program. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, baking new breads, and spending time with his dog Huckleberry.

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Haley Sharpe, VP of Operations

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As Vice President of Operations for the WMBA, Hayley seeks to offer events and opportunities that promote equality and wellbeing for women at Smeal and beyond. Hayley was raised in Virginia Beach, VA. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master's degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Smeal, Hayley worked for six years in finance and administration at the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time she enjoys puzzles, ice cream, and CrossFit. Hayley is also the VP of Finance for the Consulting Association.

 

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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