Linda Feltman accepted a faculty position with the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications in August 2018. Prior to becoming faculty, she worked with the Penn State SBDC as a business consultant for 19 years, during the last two of which she worked only with student entrepreneurs. Besides her Bellisario teaching assignments, she is also the faculty associate for LionLaunch Pad, the Special Living Option for students interested in entrepreneurship, based in North Halls on campus and continues as the Faculty Advisor for Happy Valley Communications, the student run PR firm and the GEW Club.
As she has for the past 10 years, Linda continues to help to coordinate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), now in collaboration with Penn State Outreach and Online Learning and Bellisario. GEW is an international entrepreneurship event that takes place every year during the third week of November. In 2018 Penn State will celebrate 10 years of participating in this international event, which has garnered Penn State national and international accolades. She is proud that Bellisario was one of the first colleges at Penn State to see the value in this event and has been a participant and supporter since 2010.
Prior to joining the SBDC staff in 1999, over the course of 20 years, Linda was involved in several small business start-ups as a principal or owner. She has written a column for Pennsylvania Magazine since 1992, specializing in bed and breakfasts and profiles of interesting people and places, and is the author of several books related to same.
In 2005 she became an associate faculty member in Bellisario and continues to teaches COMM 493 Entrepreneurship in the Information Age. Since 2009 she has been the faculty adviser for the Penn State student organization Happy Valley Communications, an award winning student-run public relations firm that works with other student-run organizations as well as local small businesses with their publicity initiatives.
Linda was the recipient of the 2008–09 College of Communications Deans’ Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Associate, the 2011 Outreach Vice President’s Award for Engagement and was selected by Pennsylvania Business Central as one of the top 100 Business People in 2014 as well as a Woman Making a Difference in 2015. She and her colleague, Michael Ryan with whom she co-taught Comm 493 from January 2012 to May 2018, also received the College of Communications Deans Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Affiliate in April 2016. Also Linda was honored to be named as one of nine members of the 2016 Class of Distinguished Alumni of the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Linda is a 1976 graduate of Penn State, earning a bachelor’s degree with a major in advertising. Prior to that, she attended the University of Montreal (Canada) in 1973 and prior to that earned an Associate’s degree in business from the College of DuPage, in 1972. She studied abroad in 1976 attending the University of Manchester (England) through one of the first ever study abroad programs then sponsored by the School of Journalism. Although she enjoys living in her adopted state of Pennsylvania, she occasionally visits the Chicago suburb where she grew up to reconnect with family and friends and tries to visit Seattle, Washington once a year to visit a past professor and family. She is an avid reader and when time permits likes to attend Scottish Highland games and Celtic Festivals, especially if they are near Pittsburgh where her adult children reside.
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