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, January 12
Design Thinking in the 21st Century
In this talk, Kristi will introduce behavioral strategy as a key tool for understanding both design and the implications of technology. She will dig into research around behavioral "influencers" and provide specific case study examples with real business outcomes, helping us to understand the value of design in a business context. She will also talk about technology trends in physical space, the role of sensors and the potential uses (and misuses) of augmented and mixed reality in physical space. This talk will provide the audience with new frameworks and approaches to the work of designing as well as building awareness of technology trends that will impact the future of the way that interior design is practiced.
Product Lead, MAYA a BCG Company
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Kristi is passionate about connecting technology trends, physical space, and human stories. She is responsible for enabling organizations to support their people through physical and digital space. She focuses on discovering and defining the connections between environment, culture and outcome. She pulls together interdisciplinary teams to think deeply about the interaction between physical and virtual space, and explores the widest possible definition of “environment” in service of our client’s desired outcome. Prior to joining MAYA, Kristi worked in Washington, DC as a management consultant, facilitating culture change tied to physical change for federal agencies. She has worked in California and Arizona as a behavioral strategist creating workplace, mixed use development, and hospitality strategies. Kristi was also the CEO of her own firm that provided architecture, interiors, FF&E and construction. Over 15 years, she grew that firm to the largest woman owned architecture firm on the west coast. Additionally, she was on the faculty at Arizona State University teaching in both the Colleges of Architecture and Business, with research focused on the impact physical environment has on human behavior. Kristi has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, and other top-tier outlets. You can also find her speaking about workplace, culture, community, and the future of work at conferences across the country.
Friday, February 09
Defining & Designing Your Dream Job
What if you could create a job with the ideal work/life balance? What would it look like to you and how would you achieve it? Textile Designer Savannah Hayes launched her business with that goal in mind. After years of researching other women in business, a few things became clear: plan for scalability from day one, outsource anything that is not stimulating, and just show up – everyday. Hear how Savannah launched seven product lines three months after quitting her day job, how she manages three very different sales channels, and how she created her dream job that affords her the flexibility to attain her perfect version of work/life balance.
Owner, Savannah Hayes
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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Savannah has been inspired by cities all her life. Living in design centers London, New York and Los Angeles she has developed a signature style that is modern and bold. Her collection of home textiles offers wallpaper, fabric-by-the-yard, decorative pillows & throw blankets. After training at the University of Pennsylvania, University College London and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Savannah worked in both the home and apparel design sectors for inspiring brands including Kelly Wearstler, Martha Stewart, and Kravet Fabrics. She has spent time in both Turkey and India, working closely with mills in Bursa, Istanbul and Bangalore and gaining firsthand textile and design experience. The Highland Park based designer launched her eponymous brand and online shop in October 2015.
Friday, March 09
Going All-In on a Startup
There might be many “how to start a business” books and blogs out there, but do they really talk about the sheer energy needed to fuel the flame and idea? Join Nina Barbuto, founder and director of Assemble, to learn about how Assemble has been Assembling. Get some FYIs for your own business beginnings along with what are some ways to be resourceful and how to truly start something with “nothing.” This talk will also include some hands-on aspects where you can assess your own eight forms of capital, look for collaborators, and reflect on your context.
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Nina’s passion for art, new media and social learning led her to found Assemble, a community space for arts + technology, in 2011. On her own, Nina works in a variety of media including architecture, film, sound, and installation and often explores the idea of recycling noise into a system or elevating the vernacular to the spectacular. Nina co-founded I Made It! Market in 2007. An idea based on urban acupuncture, this nomadic market partners with community, arts and non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness to assist in improving their communities while allowing local artists and crafters to sell their wares. Nina holds degrees in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture and Carnegie Mellon University, where she is also adjunct faculty.
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 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.