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Lessons in By Susan Shelly

Leadership

“Now, I get to pass along some of (my) experience to students at Alvernia.” Kathleen Nevel

employees, Nevel demonstrated leadership skills that were quickly recognized. Her career development path rotated her through various management positions in maintenance, operations planning, technical services and logistics, where she worked to improve business processes, reduce costs and increase productivity. As she worked and led, Nevel learned more and more about the value of entrepreneurial thinking. “I learned that you should never be afraid to try something new,” she said. “I had to do a lot of that, especially working in a steel manufacturing business.” She also learned the value of empowering employees to exceed their expectations for success. “It was always great to see a team take ownership of a project and run with it,” Nevel said. “When you demonstrate respect for someone’s work and ideas, you encourage that person to strive to achieve even better work.” As she was advancing in her career, Nevel and her husband, an electrical engineer, raised a “team” of their own. Their daughter — now 30, served several deployments to the Middle East as a Navy lieutenant and now lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area. Their 26-year-old son owns a successful accounting services and management consulting business in Nashville. While at Carpenter, Nevel led an effort to develop a summer science camp for middle school students in partnership with the Holleran Center for Community Engagement Center at Alvernia. Now in its third year, Continued on page 56

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Alvernia Magazine Summer 2014  
Alvernia Magazine Summer 2014  

Alvernia Magazine Summer 2014