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Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh (AACCP) to host Women Entrepreneurs Symposium at Chatham University on May 2, 2015

PITTSBURGH:  The Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) Pittsburgh is partnering with the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University, The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) Pittsburgh, and the Business Department at Chatham University to host the upcoming Women Entrepreneurs Symposium on Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mellon Board Room of Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. Registration (which includes lunch) is $30; $20 for CWE/AACCP/TiE Members; and $10 for students.

Facilitated by Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, the panel discussion, entitled ‘Bamboo or Glass Ceilings? The Challenges and Opportunities Asian Women Entrepreneurs Face’, will feature a group of successful Asian female entrepreneurs from the Pittsburgh area. Panelists include Dr. Priya Narasimhan, CMU Professor and Founder of YinzCam, Inc, Cassandra Pan, President of Fenner Dunlop Americas, and Nicki Zevola, Founder of FutureDerm.  Debra Lam, Chief Innovation and Performance Officer in the Office of Mayor Peduto, will unveil the city’s “Innovation Roadmap” as the keynote speaker.

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About the AACCP and AACCP President, Kanak Iyer, Ph.D.
Launched nearly one year ago, AACC Pittsburgh provides a platform to showcase the success of the Asian American Enterprise, while addressing the unique challenges that they face. AACC President, Kanak Iyer, came to Pittsburgh as an immigrant with hopes of pursuing her American dream.  Her journey took her all over the country, until she decided to return to Pittsburgh, the place she now calls “home”.  As owner of Kanakadhara Financial, Ms. Iyer is quite familiar with the political and financial networks that underpin commercial success in the city.  Now, she hopes to ensure that other Asian-Americans have the same opportunities.  As a member of Mayor William Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh team, she is keen on making Pittsburgh a gateway to Asia, thus increasing trade with emerging economic giants such as China and India.

About TiE Pittsburgh
TiE ( is a global not-for-profit network of entrepreneurs, corporate executives and senior professionals dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. The Pittsburgh chapter was founded in 2000, and currently has about 30 charter members at its leadership core. Members of TiE-Pittsburgh have created over 10,000 jobs in the Pittsburgh region, brought in over $600M in venture capital investment and mentored dozens of start-ups. TiE-Pittsburgh’s Business Mentoring Roundtable (BMR) program and other events continue to grow in popularity, especially among early-stage entrepreneurs.

About Chatham University
Now fully coed, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, has over 2,100 students in the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability; and the School of Arts, Science and Business. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named to Sierra magazine’s list of top 20 “cool schools” and mentioned in Forbes as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus. Consistently ranked as a best college by “U.S. News & World Report”, Chatham earned the highest ranking among western Pennsylvania institutions in the “Regional Universities – North” category for 2015. More information at