Title: Having it all but Changing the Rules. Who says you can't have it all? Not Agnus Berenato. After 17 years coaching the Women's Basketball team at Georgia Tech, the highly energized mother of five accepts the Head coaching position at the University of Pittsburgh, a team with the all-time worst record in the Big East Conference. In just five years she took the Panthers to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament, and repeated the feat the following year...so far, her personal children still didn't need therapy. Having it all, but changing the rules will be a humorous, chaotic and inspirational story that shows how Agnus Berenato, a woman with uncompromising family values, balanced her career, volunteerism, husband, kids and nine siblings.
Extraordinarily aspiring, Agnus put herself through high school and college, got married, and had five children—without ever taking a maternity leave and becoming the winningest coach at two different D-1 programs: Georgia Tech and Pitt. Working Moms will see you can have it all—by changing the rules—when they keep things in perspective and don't take themselves too seriously. Determined to break down unrealistic expectations of professional women by choosing unconventional solutions to solve daily dilemmas, Agnus proves you can have it all!!
Title: Trends - Ignore at Your Own Peril. In business, everything begins and ends with consumers. Knowing, understanding and applying
insights into consumer behavior trends are all critical to success. And with consumer behavior and
preferences changing quickly, it is vital to monitor current trends and identify those that will most
impact a business or organization. Universities and colleges are not immune. They, too, need to
understand and leverage consumer behavior trends.
For Yvonne Campos, in her roles as a well-known qualitative researcher and business owner,
paying attention to and applying insights from consumer behavior trends has been a life-long
endeavor. Here she describes some key consumer behavior trends that will capture students’
needs and expectations—and their impact on universities and colleges— in 2014 and beyond.
As an expert in trends analysis, Yvonne Campos develops research-based strategies that help
her clients capitalize on marketplace trends, positively impacting their vision, strategies, products,
services and marketing.
Title: Desiring More: The L.I.G.H.T. Principle. Jennifer is the President of JLynne Consulting Group, LLC and is a motivational speaker, coach and published author.
She was interviewed four different times by 6ABC's Action News, was selected as the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry's Female Business Leader of the Year for 2009, and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Jennifer serves as an annual speaker at the University Of Tennessee and has spoken at some of the largest coaching conferences in the country. She has been on the TEDx stage before, chosen as one of six TEDx speakers at Gettysburg College in 2013. As a strong member of her community, she is an Ambassador for the Girls Take Charge Leadership Program, speaks in her local schools often, and has served as the Education and Publications Committee Chair for the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association). Jen was consulted by MTV's show "MADE" as a fear coach for one of it's TV subjects in the fall of 2007. She writes for various publications and published her first book in December of 2012, These Five Words Are Mine.
Title: #MillennialMuscle@Work. Christy Uffelman has facilitated peer learning and coached executives for almost a decade, helping them align talent strategy with business strategy. Christy launched the east coast office of Align Leadership centering on organizational knowledge transfer, women’s leadership development, and Millennial/Gen Y initiatives – helping organizations engage and develop their emerging talent pipeline. On the cusp of the Millennial generation herself, Christy brings credibility and passion to organizations that want to better understand and leverage their young talent.
As both the 2012 ATHENA Young Professional and YWCA Young Leader of the Year Awardee, Christy’s passion is leadership development through cohort-based learning. In 2008, the Association of General Contractors honored Christy’s innovative talent initiatives with their national Education Excellence Award. The Pittsburgh Human Resources Association awarded her work with the 2011 People Do Matter Award for excellence in learning and development, and in 2012, the Pittsburgh Business Times recognized Christy with their Human Resources Leadership Award.
Christy grew up in the City of Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a B.A. in both Psychology and in Corporate Communication. She is a board certified ontological coach from Newfield and a certified Master Human Capital Strategist from the Human Capital Institute. Christy lives in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, Kevin, their ten year old daughter, Elaina, and an empowered hamster named Pixie.
Dr. Albert Wendland
Title: Giving the Gift of You. Albert Wendland, Professor of English at Seton Hill University, is the Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction, the graduate writing program at SHU that promotes genre fiction exclusively (science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, YA, children’s literature). He’s published many poems in Eye Contact, Seton Hill’s Literary Magazine, as well as a number of landscape photographs. He’s published a book on science fiction, articles on science fiction in Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Extrapolation, Americana, and Archaeopteryx, as well as an article in the writing anthology Many Genres, One Craft (whose contributors are almost all associated with the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction). He is working on a how-to-write book on Description in Popular Fiction, and a sequel and a prequel to his science-fiction novel that is being released in June, from Dog Star Books. The novel is called, The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes.
Cooper Munroe & Emily McKhann
Title: The Motherhood Effect: How Moms Online Are Changing the World Around You.
Cooper Munroe and Emily McKhann are pioneers in the field of social media and moms. Back in 2004—when blogging was a foreign concept to most, the term ‘mom blogger’ nonexistent, and the world had yet to grasp the power of the web —Cooper and Emily were laying the foundation for an award-winning, groundbreaking business, right here in Pittsburgh.
As co-founders of The Motherhood Inc., a digital marketing firm and network of high-level social media mom influencers, Cooper and Emily provide communications services to more than 150 blue chip consumer companies and top-tier non-profit organizations.
Cooper and Emily each have 25+ years of public relations experience. Before launching The Motherhood, Cooper was an executive for top public relations firms in Washington DC and New York. She was recently named Communicator of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America Pittsburgh Chapter.
Emily ran public relations firms in New York and Dallas, was Acting Commissioner to the United Nations and Director of International Business for New York City, and co-authored the book Living with the End in Mind, published by Crown Books and featured on Oprah numerous times.
ABC News named Cooper and Emily Person of the Week, Babble named them among the 25 Bloggers Who Are Changing the World and among the Top 50 Moms on Pinterest, and Parents Magazine named them Top Ten Power Moms on the Web. The Motherhood has won Web Awards, PRSA Awards, a Best of Blogs Award for Most Inspirational Blog of the Year and twice been a finalist for a Webby. In March 2014, Cooper and Emily will receive the Enterprising Women of the Year Award.
Title - After the Curtain Call: Coming Full Circle. The lights came up after the curtain call and there he was: the star of Harvey, sitting right in front of my grandfather and me, talking to the audience, doing his infamous spoon tricks. I was hooked! The opulence of that 1890s theater setting captured my young heart so much so that I went home and re-created every part of the Harvey play. David Newell’s own Speedy Delivery travel through time began when he was hired as a prop manager by Fred Rogers. Soon, he became Mr. McFeely, wearing a cap, jacket, and those infamous glasses, delivering mail, packages, and special guests to Mister Rogers’ neighborhood Friends. Though Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood production ended in 2001, Mr. David Newell continues his delivery service for special appearances and is currently working on a book detailing his personal legacy. From that first encounter with stage through his career as Mr. McFeely in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, David Newell has come full circle and is now continuing the legacy his grandfather began.
Title: Rules for Memorable Engagement – From the Sandbox to the Boardroom. Indian-born and U.S.-raised Kaveri Subbarao is a lawyer, business strategist and an ardent champion of the underdog. One of her fortes is positioning and stewarding fledgling and well-heeled companies to achieve their optimal growth by leveraging imagination and innovation. Kaveri often serves as a corporate “turn-around artist” and change-agent, and strongly believes that sustainable revitalization of any business is achieved first and foremost by cultivating its people and empowering them to make their mark. She is a staunch advocate of living life in the superlative and delights in daring and encouraging people to create and showcase personal brands that are worthy of their talent and individuality. Kaveri is a zealous explorer of ideas, places and things that illuminate the human spirit and an outspoken activist for a more aware and engaged society. She has two darling, hockey loving children, Zhara (6) and Dylan (8), a wonderful husband, Jon, who (usually) appreciates her Type-A personality, and a mischievous K-9 kid (yellow Labrador), Crosby. Kaveri currently is the VP of Strategy and General Counsel for BRUNNER, a top 100 agency. Her blog chronicling the marvelous, Oh So Molto, will debut late spring 2014.
Title: Journey of Purpose. Documentary filmmaker JulieHera DeStefano conceived the project "Journey to Normal" in 2009. She was committed to an idea: to tell the story of American women serving in combat. Yet like the birth of any idea to which we commit ourselves fully, she could not know where this calling would take her. Her journey of purpose took her on a four-month stay in Afghanistan, as she filmed interviews with over
100 women serving in the combat zone. Their conversations spanned their experiences in the military, their lives back home, and their visions for their return. The journey returned to the U.S., and DeStefano covered tens of thousands of miles – Alaska to New York, Oklahoma to Idaho – documenting in detail eight remarkable women during their experiences of reintegration. Slated for theatrical release in 2014, the documentary recognizes the strength and resiliency of our women in uniform and explores the unique challenges they face rejoining their families and communities after a deployment to the combat zone. When we choose a mission - military or otherwise - we don't know where that choice will lead us, but in embracing the journey and the purpose that inspires it, we allow it to transform us.
Dr. Geri Puleo
Title - Burnout and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: More Similar Than You Think… Dr. Geri Puleo, SPHR, is the President/CEO of Change Management Solutions, Inc., a boutique
B2B consulting firm helping clients who are planning, implementing, or struggling with change.
The creator of the Burnout During Organizational Change (B-DOC) Model, she has over 25 years
of entrepreneurial experience in the B2B and B2C markets. The founding president of Tri-State
Society of Human Resource Management (a Superior Merit winner), she is currently launching a
new SHRM chapter in the Airport area. The former author of 2 columns for E-Magnify and The
Employment Paper (a subsidiary of The Pittsburgh Business Times), her blog, http://a-new-way-
to-work.com, focuses on achieving professional success by reducing burnout and maintaining
work-life balance during organizational change. A frequent and popular keynote speaker and
trainer at national, regional and local conferences, Dr. Puleo has also taught undergraduate
and graduate courses in business, human resources, organizational development, leadership/
management, and strategy at Penn State University, Seton Hill University, Robert Morris
University, Strayer University and CCAC.
Title: Defining Moments in Our Lives. It was Mother’s
Day 1991, when Ola Jackson received a handmade
Mother’s Day card and a check with a note that would
change the direction of her career. The greeting card
read, “Happy Mother’s Day from the staff of Jackson
Communications,” Her unofficial staff consisted of her
husband Daryl and her 5-year-old son, Armon. At the
time, she was a freelance consultant working for small
organizations in need of marketing and public relations
The little boy who signed his name to the greeting card was
the impetus behind her desire to branch out on her own.
When her son Armon was about 4, he was diagnosed as
being developmentally delayed. And later determined to be
autistic…at that time, the condition was rarely publicized,
and resources weren’t as bountiful or accessible as they
are today. Launching her own business would allow her to
dedicate more time to meet his ever-changing needs.
Along with nurturing the development of her son, The
award winning magazine publisher has evolved her
business into an online media blog, called The NEW
Network TV, where she plans to create and syndicate media
content to other networks. Her son is now a 27 year old
man who, like her business, has flourished.