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"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

“I’ve known Mimi since the early 1990s, when I chaired the Sy Barash Regatta, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society named in honor of her first husband. She helped me secure my first professional job in university development, and has been a constant source of encouragement and inspiration to me professionally and personally ever since; one of the best parts of my move back to Penn State as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations is that I get to work closely with Mimi again to support the communities we both love. She has a perspective on State College and its interconnected relationship with Penn State that very few others do, and this book is an insider’s peek into the inner workings of both — woven together with her inspirational personal story and colored with her tremendous wit.”

O. Richard Bundy III, Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations, Penn State University

“Mimi is a doer, a fixer, and a giver; she is a successful entrepreneur, empowered feminist, and someone of immense heart, who lifts the next generation through her mentoring. When you know Mimi, you know the true and fierce heart of Happy Valley. Eat First, Cry Later brings Mimi’s story and spirit to life for the next generation.”

Carolyn Haas ’10, friend and mentee, Schreyer Honors College Society of Distinguished Alumni Mentoring Program

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