12:00 PM12:00

Chief Leadership Officer – From CEO to CLO

Chief Leadership Officer – From CEO to CLO (at Buchannan Ingersoll, 20th Floor Training Room, Oxford Center). BI has graciously agreed to host this event.  Please join us and bring a leadership employee (female) with you. Great opportunity for a member of your leadership team. The speaker will be Kevin W McCarthy CLO of Tapping the power of who you are and the possibilities of whom you can become are the hallmarks of the On-Purpose Approach. His Book – the On Purpose Business Person – Doing what you do best more profitably will be the basis of the workshop. There will be a charge- bring check made out to Yvonne Campos. RSVP to

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5:00 PM17:00

PDMA Student Pitch Competition

November 17, 2017 Student Pitch Competition
University of Pittsburgh
William Pitt Union, Lower Level
Learn more and register today!

On November 17th, PDMA Pittsburgh will help celebrate Pitt's Innovation Week and CMU's Global Entrepreneur Week by sponsoring an exciting student pitch competition. 

Eight teams - four from PItt and four from CMU - will pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges to compete for a great prize package. The winning team will receive a cash prize, donated from PDMA Pittsburgh. Several local companies will also be donating their time and services to help the winners get a jump start on developing their innovative ideas. 

Be sure to mark your calendar so you can watch the students explore their potential as future entrepreneurs and innovators. 

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5:30 PM17:30

Pittsburgh: How is AI transforming business? - Panel Discussion

Date: 11/15/2017
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Ascender, 6401 Penn Ave 3rd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Modern breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are allowing automation and insights that are transforming modern business. Ask an expert panel of some of the region's most successful local AI executives. Learn how AI is transforming modern business, what the current trends and future predictions are, and how you can apply these new opportunities directly to growing your company and industry.

Panelists include:
Eben Adams (IM/TPR 1993, MBA 2005),  VP Growth & Partnerships, LegalSifter
Dan Beaven (MBA 2003), CFO, Argo AI
Mark DeSantisRoadbotics / KWantera / CMU Professor
E. Austin Webb (MBA 2017),  CEO & Co-founder, RoBotany Ltd.

Panel moderator:
Barry Rabkin (MBA '13), CMO - Identified Technologies

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11:45 AM11:45

Capturing the Next Economy: Pittsburgh's Rise as a Global Innovation City

PVCA presents: Scott Andes, fellow with the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking, will discuss the Brookings report and Pittsburgh's opportunity as a global innovation city, what that means, and the hurdles that exist to keeping the city from getting there.

RSVP by Nov. 9th
Members: $55 | Non-Members: $115
Please note: Walk-ins will be charged an additional $20 on top of the member & non-member rate.


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1:00 PM13:00

Why Belonging is Important: Building a Business Support Network

Join us for this free and dynamic webcast, presented by Bizwomen and sponsored by PNC, as three female leaders share their perspectives on how they got to where they are today and the importance of professional networks.

Erica Dhawan, is the co-author of the book "Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence" and the founder and CEO of Cotential, a consulting agency that drives change and collaboration for its clients worldwide.

Dorri McWhorter, CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, is a socially conscious leader and an active member of Chicago’s civic, business and philanthropic communities.

Alana Muller, is a networking speaker, workshop facilitator, coach, Bizwomen columnist and author of the book "Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking".

More Info.

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5:30 PM17:30

Innovation Works Presents

Innovation Works Presents: AlphaLab Demo Day & New Product Introductions

Introduce you to the latest AlphaLab companies and feature new product launches from Pittsburgh's top startups. Be the first to meet the companies launching from our nationally ranked AlphaLab accelerator and check out new products created by technology companies from across our portfolio and the Pittsburgh region. You can meet the companies at their demo tables before and after the presentations.

Advanced registration is required

  • Time: Doors open at 5:30 PM, presentations begin at 6:30
  • Location: Stage AE, 400 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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6:15 PM18:15

Invest In Her Pitch Competition

The 2017 Pitch Competition is happening Thursday, October 19th.
Please join us at the BNY Mellon Innovation Center as we celebrate female entrepreneurs! The Invest in Her team read through 30 applications, conducted 14 interviews, and have identified 8 amazing businesses and women to pitch at this year’s competition.

RSVP for the 2017 Pitch Competition

The finalists span a wide range of industries and experience. We are excited to present to you the following founders and businesses, we hope that you will come out and show your support!

  • Diane Danforth, Americat Company
  • Katherine Schuler, Rolling Pepperoni
  • Theresa Baughman, FizzPop
  • Debbie Maier Jacknin, Songbird Artistry
  • Mary Jane McCullough, Global Wordsmiths
  • Debralyn Woodberry-Shaw, Elie Circle
  • Erica Peterson, Moms Can: Code
  • Laura Totin Codori, Worm Return

Event Details
Location: BNY Mellon Innovation Center, 500 Grant Street 12th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15258
Time: Doors open at 6:15 PM.
Pitches begin promptly at 7:15 PM.
All winners will be announced at the end of the night. We will have a group of esteemed judges deliberate after everyone has pitched.

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6:00 PM18:00

NAF Informational Session

Next Act Fund invites you to the East End for a special informational event:

Women Investing in Women: 
Learn with Like-Minded Investors of Next Act Fund
Wednesday, Oct. 18
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Marni Pastor's home: 417 S. Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

We appreciate you joining us on Oct. 18th for wine, light refreshments, networking and an opportunity to learn about Next Act Fund. PleaseRSVP.

This informational event will feature:

  • R. Yvonne Campos, Founding CEO, Campos Inc; Founder, Women Presidents’ Organization, Pittsburgh Chapters; and Founder, Next Act Capital and Founding President of Next Act Fund
  • Plus hear from up-and-coming entrepreneurs as they pitch their companies!


Join the investors and team behind Next Act Fund on October 18th to learn more about the organization and how you can flex your financial muscle and get involved!

Next Act Fund LLC is expanding opportunities for women to be involved in the angel investment community to grow our personal wealth and to impact the economic engine of our region, while diversifying our personal investments into new businesses.

Please join us at Next Act Fund's upcoming Informational Session, hosted by Kim Strohm and Natalie Bozzone at the Laurie Ann West Community Center in Fox Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 26th, to learn more about becoming a force in building and supporting women entrepreneurs using our own dollars. Our program will include an overview of the Next Act Fund LLC and its operating principles and requirements, as well as a review of core investment principles, and we'll hear from a few entrepreneurs who are seeking investors.  

Have a friend who you think might be interested? We welcome you to bring her (or him!) along.

Be part of a group of like-minded women (and a few men) who not only want to invest in start-ups, but specifically want to target women-owned or led start-ups and to generate significant return on investment. Become part of women investing in women!

Can't make it on Oct. 18? We welcome guests at our monthly Member Meetings throughout 2017- click here to sign up!



Wednesday, Oct. 18
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Presentations and Reception

Marni Pastor's home
417 S. Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

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8:00 AM08:00

Founder Wellness

A group of founders and professionals will discuss work-life balance, separating yourself from your work, dealing with depression, anxiety, and ways to manage all the demands.

A 30-minute yoga session will follow the panel discussion.

The panel will include:
Startup founders, business executives, and healthcare professionals.

Ashley Hayward, Innovation Works Associate EIR

Time | Date | Location
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
Breakfast & Panel 8:00 - 9:30 AM
Yoga 9:45 - 10:15 AM

Innovation Works
Nova Tower 2
Two Allegheny Center | Ste. 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Click here to Register for the event.

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6:00 PM18:00

NAF Informational Meeting

We appreciate you joining us on the 26th for wine, light refreshments, networking and an opportunity to learn about Next Act Fund (members are encouraged to bring a friend/potential investor!). Please RSVP by Sept. 25th.

Laurie Ann West Community Center
1220 Powers Run Road, Pittsburgh 15238

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