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Nov 08 2010

NYIT Alumna Urges Students to ‘Make it Anywhere’

New York, N.Y. (Nov. 8, 2010) – With a rousing challenge to “never give up, never be afraid, and never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something or that it cannot be done,” Patricia Galloway (M.B.A. ’84) urged students and audience members to stand out as leaders in their fields.

“Mediocrity never makes lifelong leaders,” said Galloway, speaking to a full house at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway on Nov. 3.

Since earning her master’s degree at NYIT, Galloway has become an accomplished engineer dedicated to encouraging the success of women and minorities in engineering. She has been involved in some of the world’s largest projects in more than 100 countries, including the Columbia Crossing Bridge, the Panama Canal, and the London Crossrail Project. She also was the first woman president of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Galloway recalled how she became motivated to become a civil engineer despite little support from teachers, friends, and family who did not think she would be successful in a “man’s profession.” Today, she is CEO of Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc., a global leader in risk management and strategic consulting for the energy, infrastructure, and transportation industries.

She remembered hearing early on that if you can make it in New York, then you can make it anywhere; she joking referred to her current home in Cle Elum, Wash., as the “anywhere.”

Galloway identified four major characteristics of a good leader. Her Four C’s include credentialing, commitment, communication, and confidence. She explained that to be a good leader, individuals need to know when they are not able to complete a task at a high level, and focus on tasks they can complete successfully. She stressed the importance of lifelong learning to stay alert and remain updated with changing technology by pursuing degrees, certifications, publications, and becoming members of professional organizations.

Galloway also explained the importance of communicating effectively when speaking, writing, and listening. “America understands things at a fifth-grade level,” she said. “Individuals need to be able to communicate quickly in simple terms in order to impact their audiences during speeches, meetings, or personal conversations.”

Galloway’s presentation, “The 21st-Century Leader: The Path to Success in a Global Economy,” is the first in NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Science’s 21st-Century Leaders Speakers Series at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.

Galloway was appointed to a six-year term on the National Science Board by President George W. Bush in 2006. In addition to receiving Glamour magazine’s Top Ten Women in Business Award, she is the second woman and the youngest nominee to receive the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from Purdue University, and was named one of the Top Ten Women in Construction by Engineering News-Record.

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 85,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.

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