Interim Director, Black School of Business, and Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Penn State Behrend.
About her job: I teach undergraduate courses in the Project and Supply Chain Management program and graduate courses in the MBA and iMBA programs. I conduct research in operations and supply chain management and serve as an editor for several academic journals in my discipline. I also take part in various service activities including committee work for my department, school, college, and the University.
Hometown: Izmir, Turkey. Izmir is Turkey’s third-largest city with a population of over 4 million people. Located on the western coast of Anatolia, Izmir features 8,000 years of history, numerous natural attractions, and an average of eight hours of sunshine per day.
Family: Two children, a fourteen-year-old daughter, and a seven-year-old son.
Goals as a member of WEC board: I hope to encourage discussion and interaction among women from the Erie region, Behrend, and Penn State. As a business faculty member, I also hope to inspire women to consider careers in business, especially in the intersection of business, technology, and social impact.
On the rewards of her work: I enjoy interacting with students and my favorite moments are when they get excited about the subject matter I am teaching and ask questions that bring a fresh perspective to the understanding of the topic. It is energizing. I also love to hear from former students and take pride in seeing how quickly many of them find success after graduation.
Tick Tock: My biggest challenge at work is time management. There is always more to do than there is time to do it.
Most important traits for a professional woman to possess: Integrity, confidence, drive, and discipline.
Best advice she’s ever received: You can’t please everyone all of the time, and that is OK.
Food she wouldn’t want to live without: Chocolate.
What you’d be surprised to know about her: I was 32 weeks pregnant when interviewed for my job at Behrend.
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