Congratulations to the graduates of the Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies!
At the ceremony, held Saturday May 16th, Jay Group President & CEO Dana Chryst delivered the commencement address and was privileged to receive an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration.
The theme of her speech was “Curiosity” and during it she praised the uniqueness of what these students have just completed.
Dana said, “I would consider what these graduates have done as adult students truly extraordinary. They’ve made a very important decision to earn or complete their degrees while still honoring their commitments and responsibilities to their families, children, and employers.”
She recognized how completing a program like this serves to differentiate these students from other college graduates. In a very competitive hiring environment, employers will recognize the character traits these graduates exemplify – determination, work-ethic, discipline, and self-improvement – and favorably consider how these characteristics can add value to their organizations. She remarked, “They’re the total package. They don’t just have the degree, they’ve demonstrated their truly remarkable talents and value to a prospective employer.”
From her own experience she recounted stories of how being interested can make you more interesting.
In a professional sense, that manifests as demonstrating a willingness to dig in and learn every facet of your company’s business. At the Jay Group we demonstrate this through our commitment to continuous process improvement. Because we’re constantly exploring how processes can be made more effective and efficient, our contact center and fulfillment clients realize greater successes, and we continually challenge ourselves to innovate and increase value to our partners and their customers.
Personally, being inquisitive and curious can help you forge relationships. Dana recalled stories of breakfasts she’d enjoy with her father and Jay Group founder Dr. J Freeland Chryst, who would quite often engage other diners at the local eateries he’d frequent with Dana on weekend mornings.
“He’d get everyone talking and asking questions and before you knew it patrons were thanking him for making these breakfasts such a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience,” she said.
Dana is proud to add this distinguished honorary degree to her list of accolades.
An active community member, she has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Athena Award and both the American Heart Association’s and Lancaster YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year Awards. On the business front, Dana was recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Central Penn Business Journal’s Pennsylvania Top 50 Women in Business. She has also served upon and held top leadership positions on numerous non-profit and for profit boards.
Dana has been asked to serve on many panels and to speak to large groups, sharing her experience as a leader and as a woman in business. These included serving as speaker for Millersville University’s winter Commencement, Graduation speaker for Linden Hall School, serving on the Leadership Transitions Panel for the S. Dale High Center for Family Business at Elizabethtown College, featured speaker at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Excellence Exchange, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Diversity Conference, Armstrong World Industries Leadership Conference and Rotary.