|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 presentations on topics essential for women in business such as innovative entrepreneurship, strategic business growth, unique marketing strategies, and logistical business planning.
Upcoming Dates & Speakers
Friday, October 11
Adopting an Entrepreneurial Mindset in Healthcare
Join us for a panel discussion with three Chatham University Health Science alumni, Dr. Tosin Osibajo Emmanuel, OTD, MSOT, OTR/L, Dr. Nancy Foley, PT, DPT, OCS and Elizabeth Sherman, MOT, OTR/L, TCTSY-F, RYT-200. All three of these panelists started their careers in fairly traditional ways but have gone on to develop unique, entrepreneurial, and innovative practices, businesses, and organizations. Come hear their insights, perspectives, how and why they did it and learn about their successes and lessons learned. The panel discussion will be moderated by the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Dr. Pat Downey.
The registration will be open soon.
Dr. Patricia Downey, Moderator
Dean of the School of Health Sciences , Chatham University
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Dr. Pat Downey joined Chatham in 1994, as a Physical Therapy Faculty member. In 2005 she became the PT Program Director and then became the inaugural Dean of the School of Health Sciences in 2014. Her research and publication focus has been on bone health, osteoporosis, and the prevention of falls and fractures in postmenopausal women. Dr. Downey has a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from West Virginia University, a masters degree in advanced orthopedic physical therapy and a PhD in physical anthropology with an emphasis in functional anatomy, both from the University of Pittsburgh. She was previously awarded the Distinguished Professional Service Alumni Award from West Virginia University’s Program in Physical Therapy and the Vera Heinz-Given Faculty Award from Chatham University.
Dr. Nancy C. Foley PT, DPT
Owner of Foley Physical Therapy, Foley Physical Therapy
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Dr. Foley has over 25 years of experience in physical therapy and the health and wellness industry. She earned her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chatham University in 2008 and has maintained a Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy since 2004. Dr. Foley created Foley Physical Therapy in 2016. Her experience prior to that was in acute, in-patient rehabilitation, home care, and outpatient settings, including most recently as Clinic Director of a local outpatient therapy company. Her practice is a Direct Pay model, intentionally not participating with insurance companies. This model removes restrictions regarding frequency, type, and duration of treatment, and guarantees unrestricted access. The uninterrupted 1:1 session encourages patient communication, education, and participation. The benefits are faster recovery and relevant outcomes, as well as the elimination of repetitive and unsupervised care. Practice focus and special interests include differential diagnosis and the role of the physical therapist as a primary health provider. She is currently pursuing advanced manual skills training through NAIOMT. Nancy is a 1987 graduate of Penn State University with a BS in Sport and Exercise Science and a 4-year Lady Lion swimmer and co-captain of the Eastern Coast Conference champions.
Elizabeth Sherman, MOT, OTR/L
Owner of Heart of Gold, Heart of Gold, Pittsburgh Therapy Project LLC
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Elizabeth is the owner of Heart of Gold, Pittsburgh Therapy Project LLC and a 2016 graduate of Chatham University’s Master of Occupational Therapy Program. She opened a private practice in August 2019 after spending 16 months traveling the country as a travel occupational therapist and writer while blogging with her dog, Hunny, as A Travel OT and Her Dog. Heart of Gold is Pittsburgh’s first independent trauma-sensitive occupational therapy clinic offering relationship- and body-based treatments for individuals of all ages. She specializes in family-based pediatric occupational therapy services focusing on reflective and empowered parenting of children with complex needs. In addition, she facilitates Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) with individuals of all ages as a supplemental, evidence-based practice to support the healing process of complex post-traumatic stress symptoms. She discovered Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga while applying for a Schweitzer Fellowship as an MOT student at Chatham. She went on to study TCTSY with the Justice Resource Institute’s Center for Trauma & Embodiment while traveling, becoming one of the only occupational therapists in the United States to earn certification in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) facilitation.
Dr. Tosin O. Emmanuel
Founder and President of Therapist Without Borders Foundation , Therapists Without Borders Foundation
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Dr. Tosin Emmanuel is the founder and president of Therapist Without Borders Foundation (TWBF), which is a nonprofit organization that supports the provision of therapeutic services, consultation, and education to the community at large. TWBF was created to with a distinct purpose to improve quality of life, increase engagements in meaningful occupations and community involvement, and promote aging in place in the communities we serve through the provision of valuable skilled services, and instructive education and training. Dr. Emmanuel is also a certified LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) BIG Clinician; a practice area which focuses on improving movement in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Emmanuel has practiced in the rehabilitation medicine sector for about 6 years within various fields of practice which includes psychiatry, sub-acute care skilled nursing facilities, acute care facilities, and home health. Dr. Emmanuel became the Face of Rehabilitation at the 2018 National Nursing Home and Rehabilitation week while working as an occupational therapist at CareRite Centers and also the Face of Rehabilitation at the Emerald Peek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Peekskill, NY. She was one of the first females to obtain her Doctorate in occupational therapy within her company at a young age. She began the spinal cord program in her facility which provides therapeutic services that restore and/or maintains function in patients that have acquired spinal cord injuries and surgeries with aims to improve their overall quality of life. Dr. Emmanuel is currently an Assistant Director of Rehabilitation at the Bushwick Center of Rehabilitation and Nursing, a prestigious five-star facility in Brooklyn NY and a weekend Rehabilitation Manager at the Osborn; which is prestigious five-star Sub-acute Nursing facility in Rye, NY.
Friday, November 08
Why Personal Branding Is Key to Your Success
Come hear Diamonte Walker, Deputy Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA), about her approach to accelerating business and career growth by building a dynamic personal brand and enhancing the brand of the employer. This talk will center on the power of entrepreneurship in 21st-century organizations.
Deputy Director , Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA)
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Diamonte Walker is the Deputy Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA), where she provides strategy, vision, operations management, team development, and leadership.
Diamonte joined the agency in 2017, quickly becoming the driving force behind URA’s MWBE strategy. Her commitment to the advancement of equitable development is demonstrated through the administration of the URA’s MWBE Program, compliance monitoring, reporting functions, and other economic inclusion focused initiatives.
With a career span of more than 15 years in the for-profit sector and having recently served as a business development program manager in the non-profit sector, Diamonte understands the complex challenges we face as a region when trying to effectuate meaningful change in neighborhoods.
Diamonte offers a serious look at what can happen when we expand the work of economic development beyond metrics, goals, and buzzwords to create impactful experiences that empower people while transforming a place.
Diamonte holds an MBA and Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. She is a Mayoral appointee to Pittsburgh’s Land Bank Board, serves as Chair to Councilman Corey O’Connor’s Advisory Board on Entrepreneurship and Start-ups, and currently sits on the Housing Opportunity Fund’s Advisory Board. Her notable achievements include being named one of the Pittsburgh Business Times 2019 Women of Influence, a 2019 Lead Now Pittsburgh Fellow, a 2018 Onyx Woman in Leadership, 2017 Pittsburgh Magazine 40 under 40 honoree, and 2016 New Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40 Under 40 awardee. She was recently named one of Talk Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Pennsylvanian African-American Women.
She is strongly committed to helping entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds take full advantage of today’s marketplace innovations to cost-effectively operationalize their ideas and better position themselves to experience an equitable stake in Pittsburgh’s economic resurgence.