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On a particularly crisp April morning, 63 of Pittsburgh’s esteemed women entrepreneurs gathered for the second annual WHIRL Women in Business Networking Event. We were honored to host some of the region’s most accomplished female figures in the Monongahela ballroom on the 17th floor of the Omni William Penn Hotel.

Spring wardrobes of colorful hues and genuine smiles warmed the room, as did stories of success shared between sips of freshly brewed coffee. Conversation over an ambrosial brunch by Chef Jacky Francois was lively and refreshing.

For many of the honorees, the commencement of our event, at 10 a.m., was their second and third stops of the day — soon to be followed with meetings, appointments, and actions attributing to our local economy’s resilience.

It is without a doubt these bright beauties are at the top of their game, as each polished professional seized the opportunity to network and utilized the gathering as an educational and social experience.

We’re proud to recognize these outstanding movers and shakers who have taken leaps of faith to live doing what they love. To echo our editor in chief, Christine Tumpson, these women are most certainly “the wind beneath our wings.”


The WHIRL Women in Business Class of 2013

Pictured above (left to right):
Lisa Huckestein, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Associates in Ophthalmology
Rachel Carlson, Yelp Pittsburgh Community Manager, Yelp Pittsburgh
Kelly Miller, Owner, Be Pure Organic Salon
Bethany Narey, Owner/CCT, HE@T: Health Enhancing Thermography
Kristi Moss, Owner, Kristi Boutique
Michelle Planer, Instructor, Yoga Flow
Aubrey Johnson, Owner and Instructor, Moxie Mind & Body Pilates Studio
Roberta Weissburg, Owner, Roberta Weissburg Leathers

The WHIRL Women in Business Class of 2013

Pictured above (left to right):
Anne Broad, Independent Sales Associate, Worth New York
Kimberly Yot, Client Liaison, The Modern Matchmaker
Lea Guarino, Owner, Guarino Group Productions
Renee Lutz, Director of Special Events, PromoWest North Shore
Aja Jones, PR/Marketing Manager, Pittsburgh CLO
Stacey Vespaziani, E-RYT, Owner, and Instructor, South Hills Power Yoga
Tricia Derry, Wedding Specialist, The Venue at Bella Sera

The WHIRL Women in Business Class of 2013

Pictured above (left to right):
Carmela Cugini, Owner, The Spa & Salon at Southpointe
Dr. Lisa Cibik, Director of Cataract Services, Associates in Ophthalmology
Jill Rubinstein, President, Footloose Shadyside
Kristi S. Rogers, RYT, BYS Yoga
Kate Srigley, Sponsorship Director, PromoWest North Shore
Natalie Bell, Blog Editor, Futurederm, Inc.
Marie Chir, Sales Executive, Futurederm, Inc.
Laura Dick, Owner, Pure Barre Shadyside

The WHIRL Women in Business Class of 2013

Pictured above (left to right):
Lisa Lau, Co-Owner, Bikram Yoga Squirrel Hill
Theresa Bayer, Owner, Designer, and Art Consultant, Schafer Interiors
Cyndi Araujo, Owner, Araujo Photography
Martha Schaefer, Assistant Teacher, Chop, WOK & Talk!
Mary Perkovich, Owner, Pamar Boutique
Maria Caruso, Artistic and Executive Director, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet
Melissa Evancic, Owner, Pure Barre Mt. Lebanon
Patti Dittman, Vice President of Leasing, Millcraft Investments

The WHIRL Women in Business Class of 2013

Pictured above (left to right):
Jessica Laird, Hair Designer and Certified Organic Color Specialist, Be Pure Organic Salon
Debbie Flaherty, President, Day Automotive Group
Laura Penrod Kronk, President, Ladies Hospital Aid Society
Dominique Ponko, Owner, Yoga Flow
Maureen Miller, Independent Style Consultant, J.Hilburn
Ellen Goldberg, Advertising Sales Director, VisitPittsburgh
Susan Dunhoff, Owner, The Modern Matchmaker
Rana Khan, Owner and Event Planner, Pearl Celebrations
Dee Dee Troutman, Executive Director, Ladies Hospital Aid Society
Ashley Jendrasik, Director of Business Development, The Rock Entertainment; Executive Vice President, Mortgage Staffing Solutions
Adina Schiffman, Owner, Sammar Accessories
Ayellet Rubinstein, Owner, Footloose at The Galleria

The WHIRL Women in Business Class of 2013

Pictured above (left to right):
Liz Kanche, Director of Wellness Services, American HealthCare Group, Inc.
Jacqueline Capatolla, Owner, Jacqueline’s Hair Salon
Michelle Wright, News Anchor, WTAE-TV
Tanya Brooks, Owner, Whitehouse Salon
Nancy Reader, President, Hearth & Home Furnishings
Rebecca Rankin, Co-Owner, Bikram Yoga Squirrel Hill
Ruthi Bosco, Independent Product Consultant, do¯TERRA Essential Oils
Cynthia Johnson, Marketing Manager, Gervasi Vineyard

The WHIRL Women in Business Class of 2013

Pictured above (left to right):
Janet Campbell, Owner, The Dancer’s Pointe
Jennifer Ferris-Glick, RYT, BYS Yoga
Marissa Doyle, Communications Specialist, The Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
Liz Kennon, Health Insurance Broker and Manager of New Customer Development, Kennon Insurance Consultants, Inc.
Stephanie Sikora, Communications Assistant, The Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
Jen Valachovic, Communications Specialist, Millcraft Investments
Debbie Harden, Owner, Premier Boutique
Selma B. Sherman, Owner and Designer, Selma Sherman Interiors
Nancy Henne, Advisor, Henne Jewelers
Dorothy Tague, Owner, Chop, WOK & Talk!
Lisa Cohen Gloninger, Owner, Cajoli Boutique
Aimee Diandrea, Director of Marketing and Communications, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

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