CEO of Catalyst Connection to speak at Penn State Fayette

CEO Conversations series will host Petra Mitchell

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, will host Petra Mitchell, president and CEO of Catalyst Connection, at 12:15 p.m. on March 20 in the Student Center of the Williams building.

Petra Mitchell, CEO Catalyst Connection

Petra Mitchell, CEO of Catalyst Connection

Credit: Petra Mitchell

Catalyst Connection is a nonprofit economic development organization dedicated to helping manufacturers with business growth and job creation. Mitchell’s experience in manufacturing operations, technology acceleration, and business development spans 30 years.

Before joining Catalyst Connection, Mitchell worked for GE Aircraft Engines, now GE Aviation. She holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton and a master of science from the University of Cincinnati. She is on the board of directors of the Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing Institute, Leadership Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center Network. She is a former member of the board of Pittsburgh Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and is the honorary consul for the Republic of Slovenia.

This installment of the CEO Conversations series, sponsored by Ford Business Machines, is free and open to the public. A student-moderated discussion will follow. For more information, visit