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Table of Contents
Message from the President ...................................................................................................... 1
A Word of Advice from Chris Connor, CEO, Sherwin-Williams .......................................... 1
Member Spotlight: Mary Kay Schneider ................................................................................. 2
2011 Mentorship Program Update ............................................................................................ 2
Upcoming Events ........................................................................................................................ 3



Message from the President
As 2010 comes to a close, I am pleased to advise that Cleveland has been chosen as the location
of the 2011 Beta Gamma Sigma international alumni chapter conference. This accomplishment
is truly a reflection of the hard work and dedication of all of those who have made our alumni
chapter a success: the officers, committees, mentors and board members. In particular, I would
like to highlight the tireless efforts of Kari Mirkin, Press Secretary, Andrea Molitoris, Treasurer,
and Ashley Basile, Community Liaison, who have played a key role in bringing our alumni
chapter to this milestone.
I wish all of you a prosperous, healthy, and happy New Year.
~ Paul
Paul Lebo, President


A Word of Advice from Chris Connor, CEO, Sherwin-Williams
Dozens of alumni chapter members who attended a speaker event this September witnessed first-
hand one of the reasons Sherwin-Williams frequently finds itself on “Best Places to Work” lists:
CEO Chris Connor.
A lifelong cheerleader for Cleveland, Connor informed and entertained his audience by
highlighting his favorite things about our city and the surrounding region and answering
questions about the future of Cleveland’s private sector.
When asked if he had any advice for alumni members just starting their careers, Connor provided
the following four lessons:
         “There is no substitute for hard work.
         Don’t shy away from a new challenge.
         Find a mentor.
         Be a team player.”
Want to hear what other leaders in business have to say? Don’t miss Cleveland Area Alumni
Chapter speaker events, held throughout the year.


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Member Spotlight: Mary Kay Schneider

                     Name: Mary Kay Schneider
                     Title: Executive Vice President
                     Company: PNC Financial Services Group
                     Education: Case Western Reserve University, MBA
                                 Kent State University, BA, Economics
                     Favorite Business School Course: Entrepreneurship
You are serving as a mentor with the alumni chapter’s 2011 mentorship program. Have you ever had a
mentor? What piece of advice did he or she share that you can pass on to your own mentees?
“I’ve had both formal and informal mentors over the years. One piece of advice I will share with
my mentees is to always remain open to forming new relationships with people at different
points in their careers. Even if you are an executive, someone just starting their career may have
valuable insight and a different perspective -- if not now, then definitely in the future.”
In 2009, you spoke to the alumni chapter about how vision and values can be lived out in our daily
professional lives. How well did PNC introduce and integrate its unique corporate values among former
National City employees?
“PNC successfully approached this subject both head on and in more subtle ways. A kick off
meeting centered on values was held for staff as well as follow up meetings around integration.
This process also happens more informally each day: managers lead by example and the values
are well-embedded in the corporate culture. Employees at every level are engaged in the
discussion.”
Can you share any tips on balancing the demands of your job and having a family and fulfilling personal
life?
Sure. First: it won’t be perfect. Adjust your expectations about finding a perfect balance and,
instead, find what works best for you. Sometimes family needs will have to be put on the
backburner when there are pressing issues at work. Other times, work must come second. Next,
be honest with yourself about your personal goals at work and in life, and don’t think too much
about what others expect. Finally, don’t be shy about asking others for advice, stories, resources,
or encouragement.

2011 Mentorship Program Update
The second year of the Cleveland Area Alumni Chapter’s membership program kicks off this
January. Congratulations to the all of the chapter members selected for the program out of more
than 20 applicants, and a special thanks to this year’s mentors:

Justin Brown, RAND Corporation
Monika Butko, Daymon Companies
John Hammond, Chartis Insurance
Tom Lucas, The Sherwin-Williams Company


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Bob Pavlik, Bank of America
Mary Kay Schneider, PNC
Candy Wagner, Emerald Performance Materials
Ron Ulle, Bank of New York Mellon

Upcoming Events
Watch your inbox for details on these and other upcoming chapter events...
January 15, 2011 It may be too late to register your team for the case competition taking place
at our upcoming Technology and Innovation Conference, but you can still take part in special
speaker events happening throughout the day. The Conference is taking place at the Idea Center
at PlayhouseSquare.

February 5, 2011 Beta Gamma Sigma alumni and their friends and families are invited to the
Cleveland Area Alumni Chapter’s 4th annual Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game and
reception. This year, you can win a chance to warm the bench during the Cavs’ pre-game warm
ups.




Is there something you want to see in the next newsletter? Let us know! Please email your
contributions and suggestions for future newsletters or upcoming events to
PaulKLebo@aol.com. Thanks!

For any other additional information about the Cleveland Area Alumni Chapter of Beta Gamma
Sigma, please visit http://www.bgscleveland.org.

BGS Publicity Committee Members

Andrea Molitoris, Publicity Committee Chair
Andrea Molitoris recently received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting at John
Carroll University. At JCU, Andrea was an Accounting Tutor for the Accounting Association and was on the Dean’s
List. After completing an audit internship at Crowe Horwath LLP in Cleveland in college, Andrea now works as a
staff accountant with Aleris International. Andrea currently serves as the Treasurer and Publicity Committee
Chairperson for the Cleveland Area Alumni Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Kari Mirkin
Kari Mirkin recently earned her Master's of Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel
Center for Nonprofit Organizations and is a 2006 graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where she
graduated with honors in History and German. She works as a program associate at the Foundation Center-
Cleveland and is a steering committee member and co-founder of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network-
Cleveland. In addition to serving on the publicity committee, Kari is the Press Secretary of the Cleveland Area
Alumni Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma.




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