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Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Race Director Patrice Matamoros to speak on race planning process at Chatham University Breakfast Series Event

PITTSBURGH (February 19, 2013) … Though Pittsburgh is still in the midst of winter, the race director of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Patrice Matamoros, is running toward spring. Matamoros will lead a discussion titled “Hosting an Event for 25,000 of your Closest Friends: Best and Worst Case Scenarios,” at Chatham University on Friday, March 8. The event is hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University as part of its Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series.

Attendees will learn about the growth of the Pittsburgh Marathon from zero staff members to its current team of 11 full-time staff, three part-time staff, 10 interns, and 4,000 volunteers who support 30,000 runners. The impact of this marathon is often underestimated—to manage 26.2 City miles the race involves 240 police officers, 26 ambulance units, 200 security guards, a bomb squad, Homeland Security, and a full crisis communications team. Additionally, Matamoros manages a staff who work year-round securing sponsors, planning around city changes, and coordinating with more than 60 churches, among many other concerns. Matamoros will talk about this “Marathon reality show” and illustrate the staff challenges behind it as they prepare to make this the best day of their runners’ lives.

The cost to attend the breakfast is $25 ($12.50 for students with a valid student ID). For more information or to register for this event, visit www.chatham.edu/cwe or call 412-365-1253. Sponsors of the CWE include PNC Bank, UPMC Health Plan, and UPS along with Baierl Automotive. PUMP is the CWE program partner for this event.

About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. CWE provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in all stages of businesses to start and grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, and expertise. CWE programming is also designed to teach regional businesswomen how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity in the workplace. CWE also offers specific programs for both undergraduate and graduate students that help develop the skills needed to become successful businesswomen.

Founded in 2005, CWE has expanded its reach throughout Southwestern PA to help an increasing number of businesswomen learn, network, connect, and achieve their business goals.

Current funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, with additional support provided by the Alcoa Foundation. Initial funding for CWE was also provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. For more information about programs offered by CWE call 412-365-1253 or visit www.chatham.edu/cwe.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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