Registration & Breakfast available
|James Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University
The Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series features prominent regional women business leaders speaking on a variety of progressive business topics. Casual networking and a continental breakfast precede engaging and interactive presentations on topics essential for women in business such as innovative entrepreneurship, strategic business growth, unique marketing strategies, and logistical business planning.
Upcoming Dates & Speakers
Friday, April 13
Managing the Business of a Social Service Non-Profit
Wanting to help others is often a common reason cited by those who pursue careers in social service. This is also a motivating factor for many to establish a non-profit for a cause that they are passionate about. TO be successful, one has to consider the business implications for starting and managing an organization. During this presentation, Kathi R. Elliott, Executive Director of Gwen's Girls Inc, will review specific steps to establish a new non-profit in PA. She will also share practical tips and lessons learned from leading a mid-size non-profit. This will include essential business management functions, such as staff development and human resources; development; fiscal management; board recruitment and retention; networking and community engagement.
Kathi R. Elliott
Executive Director, Gwen's Girls, Inc.
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Kathi R. Elliott earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Chatham University in August 2014. Dr. Elliott also completed dual Master's degrees in Nursing and Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. She has over 20 years of experience in social service, community and individual mental health treatment. Advocacy and giving back to others in need is a value that has been instilled in her by her mother and founder of Gwen's Girls, the late Commander Gwen Elliott. In August 2015, Dr. Elliott accepted the position of Executive Director at Gwen's Girls, whose mission is to empower girls and young women to have productive lives through exposure to holistic, gender-specific programs, education, and experiences. As a visionary leader, Dr. Elliott is purposed to lead Gwen's Girls in becoming a well-recognized forerunner in the integration of evidence-based clinical prevention and intervention policies and practices that enhance the child and social welfare system. her culmination of education, work and life experiences will assist her in continuing the legacy of providing a comprehensive approach to addressing the issues that impact the well-being of girls, women and families.
Friday, May 11
Pittsburgh’s Business Women who Lead - The Opportunities and Challenges
How can Pittsburgh women put themselves in position to gain access to more c-suites and boardrooms? Stefani Pashman, CEO, Allegheny County Conference on Community Development, will share insights from her career on topics such as preparing to be board-ready, board service and entering the c-suite. During her talk, she’ll discuss trends, opportunities and challenges for women leaders in Pittsburgh to better position themselves for these types of leadership opportunities.
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Stefani Pashman is the CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated organizations – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. For almost 75 years, the Conference – one of the United States’ foremost civic leadership organizations – has been bringing together public and private sector leaders to drive an agenda to improve the economic future and quality of life in the 10-county Pittsburgh region. As the CEO, she drives the Conference’s work plan, builds regional collaborations and empowers partners. Before joining the Conference, Stefani served as CEO of Partner4Work and its predecessor, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, for seven years. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Stefani transformed the organization from a $1.5 million research-based organization into a nearly $20 million public-private system that relies on research and analytics to make change in the community. She served in Governor Rendell’s Administration at the PA Department of Human Services as Director of Policy and as Special Assistant to the Secretary, and she previously worked in private consulting at Avalere Health and Navigant and as an analyst in the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Friday, June 08
Embracing Your Passion
How often does your career inspiration and interest connect to your personal passion? This interactive presentation from Dina L. Clark, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Covestro LLC, will highlight the importance of building passion into your focus as you navigate your personal and professional journey, and challenge participants to answer their “Why?” question. Participants will also be able to: -Consider how bias might impact or impede the strategic development process -Identify at least 3 resources to consider for ongoing professional development -Identify ways to continue to build genuine, strategic relationships
Dina L. Clark
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Covestro LLC
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In August 2015, Dina L. Clark began her role with Covestro LLC as the Head of Diversity & Inclusion at their North American headquarters based in Pittsburgh. In this role, Dina spearheads the development and implementation of diversity strategies and initiatives for Covestro across the United States and Mexico. Dina also serves on Covestro’s global diversity and inclusion council, as well as the global diversity core team, currently based in Leverkusen, Germany. Her primary focus areas of diversity, equity and inclusion are complemented by a strong training background. She has conducted several presentations nationwide, including workshops for Family Communications Inc. (producers of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood”), Vassar College, University of Michigan, Magnet Schools of New York, New York State Department of Health and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In addition to training, Dina was selected for a fellowship with the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. and was named as one of Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40 leaders by Pittsburgh Magazine. She was also named one of 50 recipients of the "Women of Excellence" award, from the Pittsburgh Courier, a 2015 recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association Homer S. Brown Spirit Award and in 2017 was featured in the Women & Business section of Pittsburgh Magazine for her work in developing and strengthening D & I strategy. Dina is very involved in the Pittsburgh community. She is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (Class XXIII), and currently serves on several boards and advisory committees. In addition, Dina has also worked as a professional tester for housing discrimination for the Fair Housing Partnership of Pittsburgh and as a long-term diversity/anti-bias trainer for the Anti-Defamation League. She was also selected as a participant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Citizen’s Academy and continues to serve as a board member of the FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association, with a focus on civil rights. Dina has a bachelor’s degree in psychology/child and family studies from Syracuse University, a master’s degree from Duquesne University, with a focus on global leadership, and she is currently working on her Doctorate in Education at Point Park University, with a focus on leadership and administration.