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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…

“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

“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

“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

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