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Judy Underwood

'11 MBA

North American Regional Industry Leader for Grain Processing, DuPont

Favorite class at VSB and why?

Advanced Performance Measurement really put together skills I learned early in the program on how to evaluate a business, company and environment to best integrate strategy, control and accountability for your shareholders and stakeholders.

Most important thing you learned?

Good leaders influence and inspire others more than they manage.

Favorite Villanova memory?

During my studies at Villanova, I was lucky to be part of a group that started the Villanova Graduate Business Roundtable. This organization provided opportunities for part-time evening students to socialize and work together to create environments for learning from each other beyond the classroom. Whether we were doing resume reviews, catching a drink at a happy hour, or fundraising to adopt a family at Christmas, our group was actively working to involve as many VSB students as possible to create one of the most valuable things that can come out of a business degree: a strong network of varied individuals.

What are you currently reading?

My Life on The Road by Gloria Steinem. I just got to meet Ms. Steinem at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, so mine is a signed copy! Women have come a long way through feminist movements led by leaders like her. While her work helped break down walls like what jobs women could have, and whether we could rent apartments, there is still plenty of work to be done to truly bring a level of gender equality to all organizations.

Where to find Judy