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Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series


2nd Friday/each month (September – June)




8:00 - 9:00 am
Registration & Breakfast available
at 7:30 am

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Non-Chatham Student Rate: $12.00 with valid student ID.
Free for Veterans and Active Duty Service Members with ID
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Free to Chatham Students,
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James Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University
Shadyside Campus
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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.

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Upcoming Dates & Speakers

Friday, July 10

Leadership is Complexity

Selena Schmidt, Executive Director of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership will discuss “Leadership is Complexity.” Selena will explore how current commitments to simplicity, brand-allegiance, ‘fit’, and just-in-time production limit success and increase risk by inhibiting diversity.

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Selena Schmidt

Selena Schmidt

Executive Director, Coro Center for Civic Leadership

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Social, civic and private sector entrepreneur, Selena Schmidt is known for high-impact start-up scaling, community-focused problem solving, and creating strategic growth, She leverages her experience running campaigns, companies, nonprofits, and former City Council President Chief of Staff to build partnerships with the ‘unusual’ suspects, proving difference is a resource. Now serving as Executive Director of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, she brings her passion for public, private, nonprofit partnerships and commitment to equity, sustainability, and democracy to leadership development.
Committed to equity, inclusion, and public service, Selena served as Harvard Innovation Lab Social Innovation Coach for women founders and on numerous boards including: Strong Women Strong Girls, Coro National Strategic Advisory Committee, Social Venture Partners, NAWBO National PAC Board, and Global Pittsburgh. Selena is especially proud to have been on the team that elected the first African American woman to Allegheny County office. Since returning to her hometown, she co-founded New Leaders Council Pittsburgh, and founding board Vice President of the Latino Community Center.
Alum of Chatham University and Women’s Campaign School at Yale, Selena was honored to serve as moderator for US Senator Robert Casey’s Town Hall and appointments to the Mayor of Pittsburgh Consortium on Early Childhood Education, City of Pittsburgh’s Ethics Task Force, and the Allegheny County Executive Transportation Visioning Team. She was recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40, Woman of Achievement in Government, National Association of Women in Business Public Policy Advocate of the Year, National Forensics League Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, is proud to have been an NCAA Scholar Athlete, and was recently recognized as YWCA Women of Distinction for Civic and Community Leadership. The National Women’s Hall of Fame recognized Selena’s accomplishments with induction in their Lives & Legacies.