Student Spotlight: Zach Lutz

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Zach Lutz, and I am from the South Hills of Pittsburgh.  I attended Penn State for my undergraduate degree where I graduated in December 2019 with a degree in Telecommunications. During my undergraduate experience, I was an intern for a Pittsburgh-based branding agency where I worked to develop all branding content for Pittsburgh Earth Day 2020. This opportunity provided me with the unique ability to learn first-hand how the most influential government officials within Pittsburgh are improving our city through sustainable business practices. Additionally, over the course of my undergraduate career, I loved working for the Penn State Men’s Soccer program as their office and recruiting assistant. I decided to pursue Duquesne’s MBA-SBP program because the sustainability knowledge I gain from this program will provide me with the opportunity to launch my career, compared to other MBA candidates, while ultimately making a difference in the world. Coming out of this program, I want to work within the emerging technology industry of Pittsburgh.

What is one of your favorite things to do in Pittsburgh?
As an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, one of my favorite things to do is to attend Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates games with friends and family.

What could you give a 30-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
If I had to give a successful 30-minute presentation with absolutely no preparation it would have to be on college football. I have always loved every aspect of college football and believe it is the best level of any sport in the world. From the current state of recruiting, the flawed decision-making process of the College Football Playoff Committee and everything in between, I feel as if I could confidently present on the various intricacies of what makes college football so great.

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?
My family just recently adopted three young children. Over the next 10 years, I am looking forward to building a special bond with each of my new siblings and getting to watch all of them grow up.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
The most interesting place I have been is without a doubt, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. Located just outside Port-au-Prince, I have been travelling to Croix-des-Bouquets nearly every summer for the past six years. As part of my continuous mission work with the Yahvé-Jire Children’s Foundation, I have been able to experience the vibrant Haitian culture and their unwavering faith amidst extreme poverty.

Where would you spend all of your time if you could?
I would spend all of my time at the beach with my family and there would definitely need to be a golf course nearby.