IST Alumni Identity Talks – LGBTQ+ Alumni Pride

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join IST alumni as they share their diverse experiences and perspectives gained through their educational and professional journeys. Learn from the challenges and opportunities faced by these individuals from underrepresented backgrounds as they navigated the college experience and work to advance their careers and grow their professional networks. This event aims to inspire an open dialogue for students and alumni, and provide unique viewpoints to help all attendees be better prepared to thrive in diverse professional and personal communities.


  • John Esteves ’18 | IT Project Manager, Universal Parks
  • Elizabeth King ’79 (Liberal Arts) | Retired Vice President of Human Resources Solutions and Services, Starbucks Corporation
  • Justin Roth ’15 | Director, Technology Services

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About the Panelists

John Esteves is a Project Management Professional working as an IT Project Manager at Universal Parks and Resorts for just over 3 years now. He has the opportunity to work on a variety of software and infrastructure projects. He is excited to talk about the diversity he has experienced at Universal and how that has encouraged him to get involved locally to work with the Clinton County LGBTQ Group in Clinton County, Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth M. King is a retired vice president of Human Resources Solutions and Services for Starbucks Corporation. During her tenure, the company grew from 1,100 to over 26,000 coffee shops with locations in four countries to 75. This significant growth provided exciting challenges and opportunities for Elizabeth during her 20 years at Starbucks.

Today she is the managing partner of Elizabeth M. King Consulting, LLC, a niche consulting company that she founded after retiring from Starbucks. Also, Elizabeth serves as a Penn State Adjunct Professor in the School of Hospitality Management and serves on the Advisory Board in the School of IST.

She splits time between her homes in Bellevue, WA and Boalsburg, PA.

Justin Roth is a technology and management consultant with technical leadership and delivery experience in software development/integration and information assurance across commercial markets and the Federal Government. He is passionate about people development & process improvement and currently serves as Director of Technology Services at Coalfire Systems, an accredited Third-Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) supporting the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Justin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State along with various industry certifications including CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CAP, CDPSE, and CCSK.