Chatham University

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.
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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, December 13

The Not So Simple Story of Simple Sugars– Shark Tank Success and Beyond

Lani Lazzari founded Simple Sugars, an all-natural skincare line for sensitive skin in 2005, at the age of 11. Now 25 years old, she has grown the business into a multimillion-dollar company. After appearing on Shark Tank in 2013, Simple Sugars experienced extreme overnight growth, but that was only the beginning and not the secret to Simple Sugars' success. Lani will share her story of growing Simple Sugars, handling the aftermath of an extreme growth spike and the increased focus on online sales.
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Lani Lazzari

Lani Lazzari

Founder, Simple Sugars

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Lani Lazzari is the 25-year-old CEO and founder of Simple Sugars, a Pittsburgh based all-natural skincare line for sensitive skin. Lani founded Simple Sugars in December of 2005, when she was just 11 years old, in an effort to create natural skin care products that would be safe to use on her ultra-sensitive skin and relieve her eczema. What started in the basement of her parents' home is now a multimillion-dollar business, and Lani's brand has been endorsed by beauty editors at some of the world's most prestigious beauty magazines and has garnered a loyal fan base all over the world. Lani appeared on ABC's Hit Show Shark Tank in 2013, where she received an investment from billionaire Mark Cuban.

Friday, January 10

Keys to Building a Growing Business, a Strong Team and Engaging Your Community

Join two-time James Beard Award semifinalist, Meredith Meyer Grelli, for an energetic look at the 8-year growth of her companies, Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare Cider & Mead. With 2 businesses, 7 locations, 1 book, 1 non-profit and more than 150 new products launched, Meredith has been busy since her last CWE breakfast series talk in 2015. Wigle’s spirits are distributed throughout the country and the distillery has been the most awarded Craft Whiskey Distillery in the US for four straight years.

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Meredith Meyer Grelli

Meredith Meyer Grelli

Co-Founder & Co-Owner, Wigle Whiskey & Threadbare Cider

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Meredith Meyer Grelli is Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Wigle Whiskey, Pittsburgh's first distillery since Prohibition. Since beginning distilling in December 2011, Wigle Whiskey has worked to restore Pittsburgh’s legacy as the Birthplace of American Whiskey and the epicenter of Rye. Meredith is a 2018 James Beard Award Semi-Finalist; 2018 Imbibe 75 Beverage Professionals to Watch; and the author of The Whiskey Rebellion & The Rebirth of Rye.
Wigle spirits are distributed throughout the country and the Distillery was been the most awarded Craft Whiskey Distillery in the US By the American Craft Spirits Association for four straight years. Wigle has won Best in Class Gin, Best in Category Rye Whiskey, and Wheat Whiskey and a gold medal for its Bourbon by the American Craft Spirits Association.
In 2017, Meredith co-founded Threadbare Cider & Mead, a Cidery in Pittsburgh PA.
Meredith teaches New Product Development in Chatham University's Master of Food Studies Program, as well as Entrepreneurship for Chatham’s Center for Women's Entrepreneurship.
Before starting Wigle, Meredith worked in brand management at the H.J. Heinz Company, received her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, worked in community development, studied cooking at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and received her BS in urban history and geography at University of Chicago. Meredith co-founded a Pittsburgh urban beekeeping organization and started the nation's first community apiary.
Meredith was named Alumna of the Year in 2016 by the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; a 2016 100 Women to Watch by the Business Times; a 2008-2010 Forte Fellow, and received the 2010 Canfield Roseman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, as well as the 2006 Harold Goettler Political Institutions Prize. She has been a keynote or featured speaker at a variety of Universities and companies.