Newsmaker: Elaine Luther
Noteworthy: Received the 2015 International Association of Business Communicators, Pittsburgh Chapter, Business Communicator of the Year Award.
Occupation: Professor of business management at Point Park University School of Business
Background: Worked at PepsiCo in McKees Rocks; then Allied Signal, now a part of Honeywell in New Jersey; then was director of finance at Schering-Plough, a pharmaceutical company. She ran a consulting business for eight years and taught part time before working for Point Park. Since joining Point Park, she obtained professional certification from the Society of Human Resource Managers and passed the IRS enrolled agent exam.
Education: Bachelor of science, University of Pittsburgh, 1973; Master of business administration, Pitt, 1976; Doctorate, Robert Morris University, 2005
Quote: “I have always tried to make business concepts accessible to all audiences. When helping colleagues and friends with accounting and tax questions, they often suggested that I should be teaching. My corporate managers always commented on my ability to quickly understand and explain complex business issues. … The public wants to understand how complex finance, marketing and other business issues impact them without excessive jargon.”