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Chatham University to Host Thinking Bigger than ever: Women in 2016

PITTSBURGH:  On November 10-12, Chatham University will host Thinking Bigger Than Ever: Women in 2016. Thinking Bigger is a three-day conference featuring speakers and networking opportunities focused on women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, and gender equity. Conference events include:

  • Thursday, November 10, 5:30-7:45 PM
    The opening reception and a post-election analysis panel from the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP)
  • Friday, November 11, 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM
    An entrepreneurship breakfast with Small Business Administration District Director Kelly Hunt and Filmmaker JulieHera DeStefano, hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (Center) and its Chatham’s Women’s Business Center (CWBC)
  • Saturday, November 12, 8:30 AM – Noon
    A symposium of gender scholars entitled “Gender and Violence: Connecting Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Community” hosted by the Women’s Institute

Thinking Bigger 2016 is a collaboration between the Chatham University’s Women’s Institute, Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics, and the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship with its Chatham’s Women’s Business Center.

More information, speaker bios and registration available at


Opening Networking Reception & Post-Election Analysis Panel
Kick off Thinking Bigger with a networking reception, followed by the PCWP’s expert panel discussing what the results of the 2016 election cycle tell us about the direction of the nation and commonwealth, the role of gender in the election, and the relationship between the newly elected president and Congress.

Abby Phillip, Washington Post
Chris Potter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Christine Toretti, Republican National Committeewoman
Moderator: Dana Brown, Ph.D, PCWP

Thursday, 11.10, 5:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Mellon Center, Chatham University
Cost: $10 (free to Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship members and Chatham faculty, staff and students)

Veteran’s Day Entrepreneurial Recognition Breakfast
Enjoy a sit-down networking breakfast with two inspiring speakers honoring the role of women veterans in our business community.

“Journey to Normal: Women Warriors Enter the Workforce” with JulieHera DeStefano shares the experiences of Journey to Normal project participants as these remarkable women warriors enter the workforce. As these women combat veterans return to their families and communities after deployment, what does the transition from the warfront to the workforce look like? How do military skills transfer to a civilian job? Why hire veterans? What do veterans value in a civilian profession?

“What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Successful Women Veteran Business Owners” with Dr. Kelly Hunt. As a female veteran and as a successful woman entrepreneur, the skills developed during active duty service have directly impacted Dr. Hunt’s career path and entrepreneurial journey. These skills include the dimensions of innovativeness, risk taking, and proactivity, which are as important on the battlefield as they are in the boardroom. The good news for those who have never served is that these skills can be learned!

Friday, 11.11, 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (Breakfast is available and Registration opens at 7:30 AM)
Welker Room (Laughlin Music Hall), Chatham University
Cost: $30 (Free to veterans, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship members and Chatham faculty, staff and students)

Gender Scholar Symposium
“Gender and Violence: Connecting Interdisciplinary Scholarship and the Community”

This second annual Pittsburgh Gender Scholar Symposium features presentations by faculty from across the region in diverse fields on topics related to gender and violence, as well as a unique discussion format moderated by community organization leaders working daily on these issues.

Saturday, 11.12, 8:30 AM – Noon
Mellon Board Room, Chatham University
Cost: Free, and open to the public

Symposium speakers and moderators include:

Nichole K. Bayliss, PhD
Assistant Professor of Criminology, Psychology, and Social Work
Chatham University

Lachelle Binion, MBA (Moderator)
Development & Program Coordinator, The Women’s Law Project

Sonya Borrero, M.D., M.S. (Moderator)
Associate Professor of Medicine & Clinical and Translational Science;
Director, Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI)
University of Pittsburgh

Britney G Brinkman, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology
Chatham University

Lisa D. Brush
Professor, SociologyGender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program
University of Pittsburgh

Kathi R. Elliott, DNP, MSW, CRNP (Moderator)
Executive Director, Gwen’s Girls

Julie C. Evans, MSW (Moderator)
Director of Crisis & Prevention Services
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

Anna Floerke Scheid, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Theology
Duquesne University

Jose Garth (Moderator)
Peer Education Coordinator, Planned Parenthood

Vanessa German
Citizen Artist

Blayre Holmes (Moderator)
Program Manager
Women and Girls Foundation

Katie Horowitz (Moderator)
Vice President for Education
Planned Parenthood

Anupama Jain, PhD (Moderator)
Principal Consultant

Chaz R. Kellem (Moderator)
Senior Director
Advocacy for Race & Gender Equity

Maureen C. McHugh
Distinguished University Professor, Psychology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, FSAHM
Chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Nicole Molinaro Karaczun (Moderator)
Chief Program Officer, Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

Peggy Morrison Outon (Moderator)
Executive Director, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
Robert Morris University

William Scott (Moderator)
Associate Professor, Department of English
Faculty Fellow, Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program
University of Pittsburgh

Sabrina Saunders Mosby (Moderator)
Executive Director
Strong Women, Strong Girls, Inc.

Jennifer L. Sweatman
Assistant Professor of History
Washington and Jefferson College

Full speaker listing at: