|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, April 17
Slow, Steady, and Staying True to Your Mission
As the founder of a bootstrapped business, Lillian has always believed in organic growth. While much of the startup ecosystem revolves around raising capital & rapid growth, Lillian has made a conscious effort to scale mindfully without ever losing sight of the company’s mission. In this session, Lillian will discuss tools that have allowed her to grow Pack Up + Go without relying on outside capital, thus maintaining the business’s autonomy. She will discuss tactics to ensure the company’s mission and core values are always incorporated into the work, and ways to remain authentic when making larger business decisions.
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Founder & CEO, Pack Up + Go
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Lillian Rafson, founder and CEO of Pack Up + Go, launched the business in January 2016 at 23 years old. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School with a major in Consumer Culture, Lillian has always had a passion for travel and supporting small businesses. Without raising a dollar, Lillian has grown Pack Up + Go to a multi-million-dollar business with 13 full-time employees. She has been honored as a member of the inaugural Pittsburgh Business Times 30 Under 30 class, and as a Tory Burch Foundation Fellow. She is thrilled to share her love for exploration through Pack Up + Go’s mission of embracing the unknown and encouraging spontaneity in each of its travelers.
Friday, May 08
The Business of Parks
Parks are fundamental to community well-being and the well-being of us all. Jayne will talk about the importance of parks and how critical they are to the survival of our planet and the survival of humans, especially society's most vulnerable - young and old, low-income and people of color. As Pittsburgh begins to ramp up investments in our park system, Jayne will share her work in leading the communities' efforts in developing a plan for Restoring Pittsburgh Parks, its focus on equitable reinvestments, and the leadership opportunities and challenges when doing this work.
President & CEO, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
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Jayne serves as President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC), the non-profit partner to the City of Pittsburgh. The PPC has raised over $127M, completed 21 major improvement projects and is active in 22 Pittsburgh parks serving thousands of residents through education programs, special events, green infrastructure projects, tree plantings, and restoring parks through ecological work. In 2019, Jayne leads the Conservancy’s work for the successful parks referendum on the November ballot. Prior to her time in Pittsburgh, Jayne served as the Superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB). During Jayne’s tenure, the MPRB was recognized by the Trust for Public Land as the #1 Park System from 2013 through 2018. Jayne serves on the board of City Parks Alliance, Indiana University Executive Development Program, and World Urban Parks, currently its chair of World Urban Parks.