Laurie Barkman (GSIA’99) has been named the 2013 Alumna of the Year by the Tepper Women in Business Club at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. The award recognizes an alumna of the Tepper School, formerly known as the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA), for exemplary professionalism, leadership and outstanding contributions to the community.
Barkman is an entrepreneur and vice president of marketing at The Resumator, a software as a service (SaaS) hiring platform for fast-growing businesses.
“Our school community can be proud to count professionals like Laurie as part of our network. She has been an energetic leader on our Alumni Board for the past three years and has made valuable contributions to strengthen our global alumni network.” said Robert M. Dammon, dean of the Tepper School of Business. “Even with her commitments in managing a startup company, she still makes time to stay connected to the school and has been a catalyst for advancing connections between our students and companies within the marketplace. We appreciate and applaud her efforts.”
In nominating her for the award, Frank Demmler, adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the Tepper School, described Barkman as a fixture of the Pittsburgh entrepreneurial community who has greatly helped to accelerate the commercial traction for Internet startups. In addition, she is credited in developing a marketing research project for Tepper School students and formalizing a recruiting relationship resulting in internships and subsequent full-time employment for the school’s graduates.
“Laurie has made great contributions to the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Carnegie Mellon and in the community,” said Dave Mawhinney, co-director of the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
“She has delivered guest lectures, served as a mentor in our i6 Agile Innovation System, and helped to connect entrepreneurs and venture capitalists within the region as a member of the Advisory Board of Alpha Lab, a business accelerator founded by Innovation Works.”
Barkman’s experiences as a student explain why she chooses to stay engaged with the Tepper School. “When I graduated from the Tepper School, giving back and staying involved was already part of my DNA. Various alumni helped me achieve my goals as a student, and I was grateful for their support. Also, my involvement as a student leader strengthened my relationships with peers and provided additional exposure to faculty and school administration.”
Barkman has a 15-year track record of success and leadership in marketing. Prior to joining The Resumator, she scaled demand generation efforts at American Eagle Outfitters and The Art Institutes. Her early career was in Human Resources at Ingersoll-Rand Company.
Barkman will be honored at an April 19 luncheon in Posner Hall during the Tepper Alumni Reunion Weekend. The event is sponsored by ALCOA. For information regarding luncheon reservations, please contact Brigid Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.