Sunday, September 12, 2010

PositivelyPittsburghLive, Celebration of the 19th Amendment in Pittsburgh, 8-23-10

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 8-23-10
Celebration of the 19th Amendment in Pittsburgh is proud to be a sponsor of the Celebrate and Share event celebrating the passing of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote. Tonight’s conversation is about this important milestone in our history.

Today’s Guests
Anne Marie Gire, Women’s Independent Press
Selena Schmidt, Power of 32
Bonnie DiCarlo,  
JoAnn R. Forrester

Today’s Discussion
·        The 90th anniversary of the amendment that gave women the right to vote will be celebrated on Thursday by Celebrate and Share, an organization that features the achievements of women.
·        Celebrate & Share was founded by Bonnie DiCarlo and JoAnn R. Forrester in 2002, the year in which they also restarted this celebration of the 19th amendment in the Pittsburgh area.
·        Bonnie DiCarlo and JoAnn R. Forrester are both experienced entrepreneurs, strong community activists, and politically savvy, as are Anne Marie Gire of Women’s Independent Press and Selena Schmidt of the Power of 32.
·        What does the 19th Amendment mean to these Ladies?
·        What is the history of the celebration of the 19th Amendment and why do we celebrate it?
·        What are the unresolved issues that we face as women though we have the gained the right to vote? What is the next challenge?

Celebrate & Share invites you to Breakfast on August 26 At the Rivers Club. Honor the passage of the 19th amendment and Celebrate with us and with the women who did and continue to do the difficult and almost impossible here. The celebration will include a Panel discussion entitled, “The Politics of Business, The Business of Politics”.
Special guest:
·        Barbara Hafer, First Woman Allegheny County Commissioner, Former Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Pennsylvania State Auditor
·        Jann Chirdon - Political strategist
·        Amanda Green Hawkins, Esquire - Counsel for United Steelworkers of America, Allegheny County Council member
·        Selena Schmidt - Executive Director, Power of 32
·        Elisabeth Bennington, Esquire - Pollock Begg Komar Glasser LLC

The United States ranks 84th in the world of elected women officials and
PA ranks 46th in the nation.
Celebrate and Share
Since 2002, this organization has been dedicated to raising funds for women and children in need and highlighting the achievements of women in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Celebrate & Share has raised over $160,000 through events. Over 150 women have been recognized for their contributions to the Greater Pittsburgh region. The long term goal of the Women of Achievement event is to establish a permanent Women’s Hall of Achievement.


Anna Marie Gire
·        Volunteer Work at:
-Women’s Center and Shelter
-Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
-Harmony Hospice
·                    Began publishing in 2003:
-First, the Women’s Independent Press, a general interest newspaper
-Then, the Women’s Yellow Pages (WYP) of Greater Pittsburgh
-And finally,the Women’s Independent Press newsletter online,, providing information, articles of interest and a listing of events/ workshops/conferences and meetings. Events can be posted for profit and nonprofit businesses/organizations free of charge.
·        Member of
-The Power of 32
-The Women’s Group of the American Forest Foundation

Selena Schmidt
·        Currently trains and facilitates workshops on leadership, advocacy and strategic planning for corporate, community and nonprofit clients
·        Positions:

-Project Director for the Power of 32 – the largest regional visioning project ever undertaken
-Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Champions Business Development Board Chair
-Director of Leadership Development at the Coro Center for Civic Leadership
-Served as Pittsburgh City Council President’s Chief of Staff
-Elected Chapter President and National PAC board member
-Sits on several boards including Strong Women Strong Girls, Global Pittsburgh, -Pittsburgh Green Project and Friends of the Riverfront
-Appointed to the Southwest Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) Policy Advisory Committee

·        Accomplishments
-Reformed Pittsburgh’s Ethics Code; changed policies across the country for women, young leaders, land-use
-Grassroots advocacy and organizing including the election of Allegheny County’s first African-American woman to county office 
-Crafted significant legislation including funding for new policies and procedures for domestic violence, legislation requiring the city conduct a workforce Gender and Race Pay Equity study and a landmark revision of the Municipal Ethics Code.
-Rookie and Public Policy Advocate of the Year
-Graduate of the Yale Campaign School for Women and Leadership Pittsburgh
-Recognized as a 2009 Woman of Achievement, Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40, and inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Bonnie DiCarlo
·        Worked as a financial planner for over 28 years with Allegheny Investments, concentrating on women and small businesses
·        Presented seminars at many institutions including Carlow University, Chatham University, YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, LaRoche College, and Point State Park University
·        Taught as an Associate Professor at CCAC, Carlow University and Duquesne University
·        District 3 Director for Business & Professional Women
·        Accomplishments

-Served on many Boards including The Pittsburgh Camerata, Bethlehem Haven, NAWBO, Carnegie Library of Homestead, Thomas Merton Center, Financial Planning Association, and is a long-time member of the Pittsburgh Guild of organists.
-Received the YWCA Tribute to Women Award
-Named one of The PA Best 50 Women in Business
and the SBA's Women's Advocate for Small Business Owners
-Well known throughout Pennsylvania for her support of and strategy for electing women to public office
-Can often be seen on PCNC-TV as a political analyst

JoAnn R. Forrester
·         Co-host of Empress of Biz Talkcast ( and Point is. (
·        Founder, president and owner of S I Business Associates, a business growth management firm established in 1975
·        Co founder of Celebrate & Share Women of Achievement
·        Co-developed the PRICE IT PERFECT™ cost management and cost analysis program for small business
·        NAWBO Board member & Past President
·        Accomplishments

-Over 75,000 hours of experience in teaching, consulting, human relations and business development classes, seminars and individual consultations
-Secured 40 million dollars in loans and investment for her clients
-Recognized by numerous organizations, including the Small Business Administration (Women Business Champion 1989 and 2000), as a Pennsylvania Best 50 Women (1999) and a 2010 YWCA Tribute to Women Honoree.

JoAnn R. Forrester
Office: 412-440-6969
Cell: 412-670-4322

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

PositivelyPittsburghLive Talkcast, Pittsburgh LinkedIn Groups 8-9-10

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 8-9-10

LinkedIn Groups

Have you ever considered why linkedin users start linkedin Groups? Tonight's Guests are LinkedIn Group Managers.

Today’s Guests

Shannon D. Martinez, Cheers, Pittsburgh

Eric Pursh, Marketing Pittsburgh

Meenakshi Kapoor, NAWBO Pittsburgh and ASAWE (Association of South Asian Women Enterpreneurs)

Curtis and Cassandra Brown, Mobile Marketing in Business Engage and Inform

Shannon D. Martinez

• An award winning sales leader and payroll expert

• A BS in Marketing from Southern NH University

• “Sold” her way up the corporate ladder

• Regional Account Manager at Payroll Solutions in Whitehall, responsible for sales and marketing in the Pittsburgh Area


I started my linked in group to

• Inform people about

• Increase my professional and personal credibility

• Extend my sphere of influence

• Establish myself as a leader in Pittsburgh event information and where to go


One of the many reasons I started is to give businesses and individuals a free resource. Businesses are able to list their establishments and events at no cost on our online directory. is “Pittsburgh’s where to go and what to do website!”

Shannon Martinez

Cheers, Pittsburgh!


Curtis and Cassandra Brown

• Husband and wife team, owners of Jireh Mobile since 2005


• Now up to 74 members, several are from other countries

• 200th member gets free text messaging for a year

• Inform people about Jireh Mobile

“Facebook is friends and people you went to college with but you can’t do business with them. We wanted to engage and inform people about Mobile Marketing, how to use it and how not to use it.”

Jireh Mobile

• A mobile marketing solutions company

• Firmly established itself as a leader in interactive mobile campaign and database management.

• Examines mobile marketing, social media trends and placing high priority on the end-users experience

Eric Pursh

• Degree in marketing and MBA (with a concentration in marketing management)

• Over 13 years’ experience in industry.

• Social media junkie


I created the Marketing Pittsburgh group to:

• Facilitate networking between marketing and communications professionals and small business owners that are trying to develop business in the Pittsburgh area.

Gemini Media Group

• A copy, scan, and print center

• Provides document services to Pittsburgh’s legal, non-profit and business communities

• Offer related marketing services that include

o graphic design and desktop publishing

o print brokerage

o print-on-demand solutions

o self-publishing assistance

o mailing and variable data

o social media marketing consulting

o electronic media/eBook creation

o Ad specialties/promotional items

Eric Pursh


Gemini Media Group LLC

Marketing Pittsburgh

Meenakshi Kapoor

• President Elect of NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh (National Association of Women Business Owners)

• Owner of Symphony Enterprises LLC

• A Member of Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

“It is all about relationship and getting connected. No business works without connection and LinkedIn is all about finding connections and contacts.”

LINKEDIN GROUP: ASAWE (Association of South Asian Women Entrepreneurs).

• Bringing women business owners who are from south Asian countries to one platform

• Help them promote their business

• Help each other by supporting and giving suggestions

• Members from Srilanka, India, Nepal, US, and Pakistan


• Business owners getting connected with each other

• Find potential business and resources among group members

Meenakshi Kapoor

Symphony Enterprises LLC

412-437-1064 (Tel)

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