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4th Annual Think Big Forum

"Big Thinking for a Big World"
Friday, October 23, 2009
Chatham University

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Parking will be in the Library Parking Lot which you can enter off Murray Hill Avenue (not to be confused with Murray Avenue). Murray Hill Avenue can be reached from both Wilkins and Fifth Avenue and is a cobblestone street. Please do not enter Chatham campus through the main campus entrances as these do not connect with the Library Parking Lot.

Morning Session
7:30-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30-11:30 a.m. "Pittsburgh's Top Women in Business exemplify Big Thinking for a Big World"
Venue: Eddy Theatre

Luncheon Session
12 Noon to 1:30 p.m. "How to Ride the Sustainability Wave and Thrive"
Venue: Mellon Board Room

Whether you a woman business owner or a woman in business, in this global economy big thinking is a requirement for business growth, strategic analysis and career advancement. Big thinking requires thinking entrepreneurially which means thinking outside the box, staying competitive and anticipating economic trends.

Following the success of last year's forum, The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University will present the 4th Annual Think Big Forum "Big Thinking for a Big World."

Moving to a larger forum at Chatham University to accommodate the annual growth of the Think Big Forum, CWE has expanded the format of this year's Forum. Starting with a continental breakfast networking event from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., participants can meet some of the region's top women in business and women business owners. Breakfast is followed by two morning panel discussions which begin at 8:30 a.m.

The first panel features several of Pittsburgh's top women in business. The panel will discuss the road to the top and the entrepreneurial thinking and actions that enable these women to be successful.


Morning Session Panel 1
"Top Women in Business Think and Act Entrepreneurially"
Moderator Kaveri Subbarao, Attorney-at-Law and Chief Marketing Officer
Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.
(view bio)
Speakers Tandy A. Bailey, District Industrial Engineering Manager
(view bio)
  Diane P. Holder, Executive Vice President, President and CEO
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), UPMC Health Plan
(view bio)
  Stephanie Novosel, Chief Operating Officer
PNC Corporate & Institutional Banking
(view bio)
  Mary A. Winston, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Giant Eagle, Inc.
(view bio)

The second panel will feature top women business owners in the Pittsburgh region discussing the ongoing strategic decisions and actions that enable them to remain successful in business. The morning session concludes at 11:30 a.m.

Morning Session Panel 2
"Entrepreneurship / Women Busines Owners Stay on Top"
Moderator Cameil D. Williams, President
Williams Management Solutions, LLC
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Speakers Mary Del Brady, Co-Founder and Director
Thermal Therapeutic Systems, Inc.
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  Ilana Diamond, President and CEO
Sima Product Corporation
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  Marilyn D. Landis, President and CEO
Basic Business Concepts, Inc
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  Cathy Opsitnick, President and CEO
Management Science Associates (MSA)
(view bio)

THINK BIG Luncheon Session
"How to Ride the Sustainability Wave and Thrive" is the luncheon topic. Featuring a panel of Pittsburgh women who work in the growing area of sustainability, the luncheon will focus on what sustainability means to women in business. The luncheon will run from noon-1:30 p.m.

Network, learn, and start thinking bigger for a big world. The 4th Annual Think Big Forum provides women with the opportunity to hear from very dynamic and successful women.

Luncheon Session Panel 3
"How to Ride the Sustainability Wave and Thrive"
Moderators Mary Whitney, University Sustainability Officer
Chatham University
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  Nancy Gift, Acting Director of the Rachel Carson Institute
Chatham University
(view bio)
Speakers Lindsay Baxter, Sustainability Coordinator
City of Pittsburgh
(view bio)
  Tania Bikerman, Chief Operating Officer
Castle Co-Packers
(view bio)
  Janice Donatelli, Owner & Co-Founder
ARTEMIS Environmental
  Victoria Holt, Senior Vice President
Glass and Fiber Glass, PPG Industries, Inc.
(view bio)
  Christine Mondor, Principal
Evolve Environment
(view bio)


This year, attendees have the option of registering for the morning session and luncheon session separately, or as a joint event.

Full price registration
Morning Session: $45
Luncheon Session: $45 (table of 10 $450)
Combined morning and luncheon sessions $85.
Parking is free. Register early - limited space available.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT- Register by October 1.
Morning Session: $40
Luncheon Session: $40 (table of 10 $400)
Combined morning and luncheon sessions $75

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE, Call The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at 412 365-1253 or email us at

Register online Payment accepted from Master Card, Visa or Discover via our online registration form. Think BIG
Fri. Oct. 23rd
Morning Session:
Time: 7:30 - 11:30am
Place: Chatham University
SOLD OUT Combined Registration, Morning and Luncheon:
SOLD OUT Luncheon Session (Table of 10) : SOLD OUT

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