|8:00 - 9:00 am
Registration & Breakfast available
at 7:30 am
|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 training presentations on topics essential for women in business such as innovative entrepreneurship, strategic business growth, unique marketing strategies, and logistical business planning. Each speaker provides key takeaways on the topics covered.
Upcoming Dates & Speakers
Friday, February 14
Black Women in Leadership & Community Development
In celebration of Black History Month, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and the Women’s Institute at Chatham University will host a panel of speakers representing “Black Women in Leadership & Community Development.” These outstanding women, in our community, will discuss their personal and professional roles in community development, their leadership styles, and advancing their careers as women of color.
Marita Garrett, Moderator
Mayor, Wilkinsburg, PA
President, Civically, Inc.
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In January 2014, Marita Garrett was sworn in as a Councilwoman for Wilkinsburg Borough. As a member and Vice-President of Council, Marita was instrumental in seeking and receiving over $2 million in grant revenue for the Borough; additionally, led the charge to increase capacity in Borough department in increase efficiency in services to residents. Also, at that time then-Councilwoman Garrett saw a need for an increase in community engagement and started, “Wilkinsburg Community Conversations” an initiative to connect and empower residents to work together for neighborhood improvement. From there, she co-founded Free Store Wilkinsburg to assist community members to address emergent needs. In 2017 she was named “Young Democrat of the Year” from the Allegheny County Democratic Committee and selected to attend the NextCity Vanguard conference held in Newcastle, Australia. Additionally, Ms. Garrett has served on panels at the Brookings Institution and United Nation’s World Urban Forum 9.
In 2017, Ms. Garrett was elected Mayor with over 65% of votes in a 4-way race. As Mayor, she reinstated the Public Safety Forums, a monthly series that highlights updates in the Wilkinsburg Police Department and provides an opportunity for community members to express their safety concerns. During her tenure, Mayor Garrett has been largely influential for the renewed interest in Wilkinsburg’s revitalization.
Marita founded CIVICALLY, INC – an umbrella nonprofit organization that focuses on community development by promoting civic and socially literacy to instill self-reliance. In addition to Free Store Wilkinsburg, Community Conversations, she has established Fresh Market and initiatives and received grants for health education, urban farming, and others. In 2019, through Civically, Inc. acquired the Hunter Building – the largest commercial building in downtown Wilkinsburg to stabilize an anchor building and catalyze economic development in the Borough. Thus far, she has brought in over a half of million dollars towards capital planning and improvement projects.
Outside of her political career, Ms. Garrett is the CEO of MarGar Enterprises, LLC, a for-profit company that provides a wide range of outreach and engagement services to non-profits and mid-level corporations. Some of her clients have been Dollar Bank, University of Pittsburgh, CMU, CORO Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg Development Corporation, New Sun Rising, among others.
Ms. Garrett has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she now serves as an adjunct professor; and a Master’s in Psychology from Chatham University, where she has been a panel speaker on several occasions for the Center for Women and Politics. Continuing to promote women empowerment, Ms. Garrett is the co-host of Shattered Glass Podcast, where stories of extraordinary women shattering the glass ceiling are highlighted. She was featured in Pittsburgh Magazine’s Women & Business edition. Mayor Garrett has been recognized for her diligence in civic and community engagement by numerous organizations and media outlets. Currently, she serves on the advisory boards for Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), Phipps Conservatory, among other organizations.
President & CEO , Hill Community Development Corporation (Hill CDC)
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Marimba Milliones is president and CEO of the Hill Community Development Corporation (Hill CDC) in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania's historic Hill District neighborhood. She is a practitioner of and thought leader in equitable development. Her work is focused on assuring equity in urban-core redevelopment involving low-moderate income residents, communities of color and cities. Milliones advocates for and utilizes intentional planning and development practices that honor people, place, culture and the market. She believes in win-win models. To this end, Milliones led negotiations of a community benefits agreement with the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins to assure equitable development for a historic tract of land in the heart of fast-growing Pittsburgh. The establishment of a city-wide affordable housing task force, and the largest tax financing district in the history of the City of Pittsburgh were sealed as a part of the negotiations.
Milliones’ policy advocacy over the years has resulted in a more equitable approach to development throughout the City. She has designed processes that assure that marginalized communities can be self-determinative in real estate development including community-level review and approval of projects requiring public subsidy. Her organization has pipelined and is preparing over 200 renters for homeownership, and recently launched a residential and commercial community land trust. Most notable is Milliones’ work towards building a Black cultural and commercial neighborhood district anchored by the restoration of the historic New Granada Theater, new office space and storefronts, and 40 units of artist-preference affordable housing. The $45M+ mixed-use development effort will be an iconic example of how culture is a surefire economic development tool.
Milliones has received numerous recognitions and has served on numerous boards including the transition team for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Department of Community and Economic Development. She is a member of Leadership Pittsburgh Class XXXI and LeadNow Pgh II. Milliones is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and brings a strengths-based approach to organizational and community development. She has been recognized by the New Pittsburgh Courier, YMCA, Onyx Woman, and others. In 2015, she was recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh’s 15 Future Powerbrokers.
Owner & Operator, T3 Consulting Group
Executive Director, Circles of Greater Pittsburgh
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Tammy T. Thompson uses her past experiences living in and surviving poverty to relate to families who are working to escape poverty and reach self-sufficiency. She is a certified Housing Counselor and has been teaching financial education, developing workshops, speaking and educating families for 20 years. As the owner and operator of T3 Consulting, Inc. she facilitates and develops homeownership programs for local non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh. She has a passion for educating people about how poverty impacts people psychologically and emotionally using a curriculum that she developed called “Understanding The Psychology of Poverty”. She speaks nationally and internationally on this topic and has been recognized as a Poverty Expert.
Ms. Thompson started T3 Media, a Social Justice media company and has added the title of Executive Producer to her list of accomplishments. In 2017 she produced a Documentary entitled "We Wear The Mask: The Hidden Face of Women In Poverty”.
Tammy is the Executive Director of Circles Greater Pittsburgh where she’s developed multiple wealth building initiatives including, Catapult: Startup to Storefront and the Gallery on Penn retail incubator program.
Carol A. Neyland
Senior Vice President - Community Development, Dollar Bank
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Carol A. Neyland, Senior vice President of Dollar Bank has worked in the financial services sector for over 30 years. Carol was appointed to head the Community Development Department at Dollar Bank in 2011. Prior to this assignment, she served as a Private Banker at Dollar Bank where she enjoyed building a portfolio of high net worth clients.
Prior to joining Dollar bank, Carol was responsible for regulatory compliance for the local office of TIAA-CREF and was specifically responsible for the regulator supervision of financial advisors that delivered Wealth Management services to professors and physicians at local colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. Before joining TIAA-CREF, Carol spent 26 years at Mellon Financial Corporation, now BNY Mellon where she held a number of positions in increasing scope and responsibilities. Some of these positions included Vice President for Commercial Lending and Senior Credit Officer for the Private Bank, and First Vice President for Private Wealth Management. As a commercial lender, one of Carol’s biggest accomplishments was arranging the $400 million financings of 900 North Michigan in Chicago, IL through a syndicate of domestic and foreign banks. As a Private Wealth Advisor, Carol brought in more than $69 million in assets over a two and a half year period.
Carol graduated from Carlow University with a major in Latin and Greek and later won a teaching fellowship to teach Latin at the University of Pittsburgh. After achieving her Master’s Degree in Classical Languages and unable to find suitable employment, Carol won an appointment as an Academic Advisor and was then able to complete her MBA at the University of Pittsburgh.
Carol has been honored by many organizations some of which includes: the Carlow University Woman of Spirit 1994, the Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence, as a Carlow Laureate in 2013, Allen’s Place as a Community Champion in 2015, Celebrate & Share Women of Achievement in 2014 and the ONYX Women Magazines Top 25 Women of Excellence in 2016.
Over the years, Carol has served on a number of non-profit boards, some of which included: Girl Scouts of Western PA, the Urban League, Family Health Council, Pittsburgh Dance Council, Parental Stress Center, Vietnam Veteran’s Leadership Program, Pittsburgh Civic Garden Center, Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, The greater Pittsburgh YMCA and Neighborhood Allies. Currently, she serves on the boards of Pittsburgh History & Landmarks, The Landmarks Financial Corporation, and Bridgeway Capital.
Carol lives in Bradfordwoods, enjoys casual games of golf, fitness and experimenting in the kitchen.