RISING WOMEN 2019

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The Rising Women Conference is a one-day, celebratory event and female maker faire. Our goal is to empower anyone identifying as a woman to dream bigger and achieve the lives and careers they deserve. We’ll bridge together women from various industries, ages and walks of life in order to learn from each other, uplift women and build a stronger community in Pittsburgh and beyond.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

 

Our Speakers

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TA’LOR PINKSTON

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PEACHIE WIMBUSH-POLK

Peachie was born and raised in the historic Hill District in 1964, the same year that the historic Civil Rights Act was signed into law. Her first memory of community, was the National Guard occupation of her neighborhood following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April of 1968. She was born into a revolution and it continues to inform who she is today.

U.S. Air Force veteran, fairy godmother, wife, teacher, closet comedian, counselor, straight shooter, life coach, self-sufficiency aka get your life expert, Mommy to her children LaLa and Cameron, better known to his fans as Wiz Khalifa and her favorite role to date, OG to her grandson, Sebastian, Peachie believes we have a duty to leave the world better than we found it.

She strives to serve and support woman especially and their families to pay forward the incredible modeling and support she’s received in her life.

 
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DEVENEE SCHUMACHER

Devenee comes to the world of protein supplements through the kitchen entrance. An executive chef with a zeal for cooking, she graduated from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in 2001. Devenee has been a fish monger, butcher, business woman and devoted mother, but promoting the benefits of a low-glycemic lifestyle has become her life calling. Her personal goal: to help fight childhood obesity and slow the epidemic of diabetes that affect so many people today. This passion led her to help create protein supplements that were not only superior in quality, but also naturally delicious.  

 
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CAROLINE TOPPERMAN

Caroline is a blogger and a writer, who has worked in the fashion, fitness and beauty industries. From owning a Pilates studio which was frequented by professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities to working with international fashion and beauty brands, she has done it all. Caroline’s first book, FitWise: Straight Talk On Being Fit & Healthy, combines her unique voice and experience.

 

EVELYN GWEN

 
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SANDRA VILLARROEL

Sandra was born and raised in Chile, in the midst of lots of abuse. She decided to escape her family by running away from home at 15 and living on the street until she was 21. 

Later on, life brought her to America, where she got married and built a career as a wedding photographer. As a wedding vendor, Sandra’s past conflicted with her new career, so she created a way to shorten the gap between wedding photography and social impact. 

Today, she encourages couples to embrace their wedding journey with an attitude of gratitude by giving back. 

With their help, she developed a business model that delivers leftovers from weddings to homeless people, donates wedding flowers to nursing homes, supports sustainable practices, and connects couples with other vendors who are giving back. 

Most importantly, Sandra’s way of doing business is challenging the parameters of the current wedding industry, all while she heals the wounds from an abused past."

 
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TIFFANY HUFF-STROTHERS

Tiffany Huff-Strothers is a Wife, Mother, Evangelist + Mentor for Women. Through her work, she has become an Award-Winning Author + Entrepreneur, Sought After Speaker, passionate about helping women bounce back from their worst setbacks then share their stories and experiences to make a major impact.

As the Founder of The Tiffany Huff Experience, she provides personal development and coaching services for women, businesses and organizations. She is The Founder & Director of When She Thrives, an organization purposed to break cycles of single motherhood and build generational wealth. Tiffany received the Passion Meets The Road award for her work in the community with Coffee & Clarity, When She Thrives’ longest standing program and was recently named 2018 Professional Woman of the Year by Strong Women Strong Girls.

In 2017, she published two books: 30 Day Stay: A Story of Escaping Death, Healing From Heartbreak & Finding Hope in Homelessness, and EmpowerMoments for the Everyday Woman A 31 Day Devotional to Empower Your Womanhood. And through When She Thrives she worked with 7 single mothers to publish Scenes From A Single Mom, Volume I: Truth, Trials + Triumph in 2018.

Tiffany studied Communication + Professional Writing at Carlow University and Higher Education Management at The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Education.

In her spare time, you can catch her curled up with a good book or in her kitchen trying new recipes. You can learn more about Tiffany and her work www.tiffanyhuffexperience.com or whenshethrives.org.

 

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ALEXANDRA FRANZEN

Alexandra Franzen is the author of So This Is the End: A Love Story. Other projects include You’re Going to Survive50 Ways to Say You’re Awesome, a bestselling question-of-the-day journal for couples called Our Q&A a Day, and a romance novel called Milk & Honey.

She has written articles for TimeForbesNewsweekThe Huffington Post, and Lifehacker.She has been mentioned in places like The New York Times Small Business BlogThe Atlantic, USA TodayStyleCasterBuzzFeedBrit+Co, and Inc.

She writes a newsletter to share inspiring true stories, writing and creativity tips, positivity, encouragement, and motivation to pursue your goals.

She also works as a copywriter and writing coach, helping clients to develop podcasts, videos, websites, pitches, proposals, books, and other projects. AlexandraFranzen.com.