Chatham University

Upcoming Events

  • Sep
    11

    Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

    08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

    Topic: “Fast & Furious: Innovation for Low-Tech Companies”
    Speaker: Meredith Meyer Grelli, Co-Founder & Co-Owner, Wigle Whiskey

    How do entrepreneurs infuse their new product development efforts with successful fast cycle innovation? Meredith will discuss the methods that Wigle has implemented to breed innovation, filling its new product pipeline with compelling services, products and programs to meet consumers needs and grow the business each year.

  • Sep
    21

    MyBusiness Startup

    06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
    11-week program from September 21st - November 30th held on Monday evenings at the Chatham University Shadyside Campus.

    MyBusiness Startup is our entrepreneurial training program designed for women entrepreneurs in the early stages of starting their own businesses. This program includes interactive class sessions, one-on-one consulting, and business plan and financial plan templates. Each participant will also receive a free copy of "Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder 2.0" an international bestseller by Jim Clifton & Sangeeta Bharadwaj Badel, Ph.D.

    Facilitator: Meredith Meyer Grelli, Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Wigle Whiskey

    The following topics will be covered over the 11-week program:
    - Importance of women entrepreneurship in the USA
    - Local resources for entrepreneurs
    - Business planning bootcamp
    - Exploring your business concept – personal and professional criteria
    - Importance of networking and building social capital
    - Taking risks as an entrepreneur
    - Understanding your customer – industry and market analysis
    - Market penetration, branding and pricing
    - Effective negotiations in business
    - Business ownership and legal concerns
    - Women owned small business certifications
    - Financing your business and managing for profit

    Current members of The Center must be logged in to receive their special pricing.

  • Oct
    02

    Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

    08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

    Topic:"Moving Past the Mega Hub"
    Speaker: Christina Cassotis, Chief Executive Officer , Allegheny County Airport Authority

    When Christina Cassotis was hired as the new CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, she was given a specific mandate: increase air service.

    As the first female leader of the organization that manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, Cassotis is challenged to move PIT past the mega-hub structure which collapsed 15 years ago, to a successful origin and destination facility that meets the needs of an emerging region.

    Since January, Cassotis has engaged with business and community leaders to better understand air service needs and the type of airport experience that travelers prefer, both Pittsburgh International and the county airport. She has also met with domestic and international airline officials to make the case for increased flights and better amenities at both facilities.

    With a background in communications and international aviation planning and consulting, Casottis brings a range of experiences to her current role as CEO. She has been working tirelessly since arriving in January, and already, positive changes are occurring.

  • Oct
    13

    Think Big Forum 2015

    05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    The Center is celebrating our 10th anniversary of serving women entrepreneurs in the greater Pittsburgh region, and as a part of that celebration is highlighting women business owners in the Pittsburgh area who innovate for women in their products or services for our 10th Annual Think Big Forum: By Women, For Women, Celebrating 10 Years of Entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh. Join us for an evening celebrating the advancement of women entrepreneurs!

  • Oct
    29

    MyBusiness Growth Workshop

    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Website & Social Media for Growth with Google Pittsburgh

    Join us and Google Pittsburgh’s Timothy James for a hands-on workshop covering website design, optimization, and social media development topics for established businesses. Learn how to assess your website for effectiveness and how to get the most out of your web presence and online advertising options. Gain a greater understanding of your social media options and how to promote your business to a local audience as well as maintain a global presence online.

    It is recommended that participants have a website in order to benefit from this workshop.

    Light breakfast will be provided.

  • Nov
    05

    MyBusiness Growth Workshop

    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Pricing for Business Owners: Is it Time to Rethink Your Pricing Strategy?

    Pricing is one of the most neglected elements of the marketing mix. It is well documented that for every $1 invested in pricing, firms should expect $10 in incremental profit. Anyone in any firm can get started with some basic pricing concepts and some simple pricing tools; it is a matter of giving pricing proper attention, greater focus in the marketing strategy, and a good dose of training across the organization. This workshop for small business owners focuses on simple pricing management principles that can help them get started. This is not a technical presentation on analytical pricing techniques. This is a practical and interactive session to engage participants on the need to pay attention to value and pricing management.

    Light breakfast will be provided.

  • Nov
    13

    Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

    08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

    Topic:“Women Turning the Tables: Artisan Entrepreneurship”
    Speaker: Kate Joyce, Artist & Furniture Maker

    Kate Joyce began her career as an art student at the Carnegie Museums and the University of Pittsburgh. Working her way through The Boys Club and YMCA wood shops, she eventually took on the Pittsburgh Carpenter’s Union in her quest to design, fabricate and place her original fine art and fine furniture. Kate will talk about the challenges she has faced, and in turn, of her challenge to the then exclusively male trade unions. She will elaborate on her quest for the critical training required to develop her talents. She ultimately embraced entrepreneurship, founding her business, Kate Joyce Company, in design, art and furniture. She will describe the steps taken to establish her work and her art as a personal, artistic and viable business success in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

  • Dec
    11

    Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

    08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

    Topic:“I’m Here to Serve: the Business Case for Customer Service”
    Speaker: Rania Harris, Owner, Rania’s Catering

    Rania will discuss the ins and outs of her experience starting a catering business, her unique way of doing business that has led to her long-time establishment in the Pittsburgh community, and how she developed and maintains her all-encompassing focus on serving her clients.