The Book

"Eat First, Cry Later" by Mimi Barash Coppersmith

Eat First, Cry Later
by Mimi Barash Coppersmith

The Life Lessons of a First-Generation College Graduate, Penn State Alumna and Female CEO

All profits from the sales of Eat First, Cry Later will be donated to Pennsylvania State University to support study abroad scholarships in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.

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Here’s what people are saying about Eat First, Cry Later and Mimi Barash Coppersmith…

“No one has been more influential on the State College community and the ‘town and gown’ relationship for Penn State than Mimi Barash Coppersmith. She has been a neighbor, friend, connector, diplomat, influencer and leader for decades. Her influence has been positive and lasting for the University and for the community. Her success and wisdom — shared in this book — are inspiring and motivating.”

Marie Hardin, Dean, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

“Mimi and I served Penn State together at a very auspicious time in the University’s history.  We were two women firsts, I as the first female to serve as Senior Vice President for Administration, and Mimi as the first female Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. We worked shoulder to shoulder with many powerful and highly successful male colleagues, all of us fully committed to placing the interests of the University before our own.  We share the good fortune and joy of having been full partners in those heady days, when Penn State emerged as the world class university it is today.”

Carol Herrmann, Sr. VP, Kish Bank, CEO, Kish Travel

“I worked for Mimi for 30 years. She set goals and did whatever it took to reach them. She put her creative skills to work to create business solutions. Mimi took over a fledgling business at a time when women rarely were in charge. She succeeded because she treated vendors, clients, and employees in a firm but fair fashion. Her success motivated me. Mimi gave me the environment and direction to succeed.”

Dick Hall, former President and General Manager, The Barash Group

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