Graduate School: You can do it! Find out how

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ▪️ Kent State Student Center, Ballroom Balcony

Session details

Women face a number of hurdles in pursuing advanced education. As busy working professionals, women need a flexible program. Scholarships are hard to find. Some are single parents. Learn about resources at Kent State University from the Center for Adult and Veterans Services and the Women’s Center and learn which graduate program in the College of Business Administration might fit your lifestyle while propelling you in your career.

Session presenters

Amy Kittle
Amy Kittle

Online and Executive MBA Program Coordinator
College of Business Administration, Kent State University


Amy Kittle oversees student services for Kent State University's Online MBA and Executive MBA programs. She is the direct contact for prospective and current students. She coordinates recruiting and promotion efforts, admissions, advising and reporting for each program.

Amy earned a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Personnel from Kent State University and B.A. in Business Administration from Malone University.


Diane DeRubertis

College of Business Administration, Kent State University

Diane DeRubertis is a fulltime professor in the College of Business at Kent State University and is affiliated with the university’s Center for Corporate and Professional Services at the Kent Campus and Corporate University at the Stark Campus as a consultant/instructor. Her area of expertise is Human Resource Management and most recently she has been involved in helping organizations develop and implement customized performance management, talent acquisition and succession planning systems. 

Diane earned both her M.Ed. in Counseling and Organization Design and B.S. in Education from Kent State University. She also holds certifications as a Senior Professional in HR (SPHR), Human Capital Strategist (HCS) and in Employee Relations Law.


Sarah Helmick

Associate Director
Center for Adult and Veteran Services, Kent State University



Sarah Helmick is the Associate Director of the Center for Adult and Veteran Services at Kent State University where she provides leadership for programming and services supporting the veteran and adult student populations on campus. She is the main point of contact for students utilizing veteran education benefits, provides support to the LIFE learning community and oversees all adult programming.


Sarah earned a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Personnel from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University. She is a graduate of the Institute for Excellence at Kent State University, serves on the Women’s Center Action Council and is part of the Mothers, Mentors and Muses Class of 2018.




Cassie Pegg-Kirby


Women's Center, Kent State University



Cassie Pegg-Kirby serves as Director of the Women's Center. Utilizing a social justice framework, she leads the development and delivery of programming, services and advocacy around issues that impact women. Her background includes working and volunteering at shelters for domestic violence and sexual assault as well as a group home for adolescent girls in both Pennsylvania and Ohio.


Cassie earned a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Personnel from Kent State University and a B.A. in Psychology/Women's Studies from Allegheny College. She is enrolled in the Institute for Excellence and oversees the Women’s Center Action Council.