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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 have been privileged to work with Mimi Barash Coppersmith for nearly 17 years as the staff member assigned to the Renaissance Fund Board of Directors. No one will accuse Mimi of sitting quietly on the sideline when there is something to be done for a cause she believes in. She is articulate and persuasive, and more importantly she walks the talk. She gives generously of both her time and her resources and never asks another to do what she is not willing to do herself. Of the many dedicated volunteers that I work with, Mimi in particular has had a profound influence on the kind of volunteer that I strive to be when I am working with an organization. She has taught me not just to show up, but to work for the cause with heart and intention. Every organization should be blessed with a volunteer like Mimi Barash Coppersmith.”

Kathryn Kurtz, Associate Director, Annual Giving, Penn State

“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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