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Story Slam


 1 hour & 15 minutes

Story Slam

Listen to 5 brave women tell you true, personal stories about the professional challenges, adventures and mishaps that shaped their identities and careers. The intimate setting and the raw, insightful, funny and heart-warming stories promise to make this one memorable evening.

The fabulous WPXI reporter Courtney Brennan will be your host and lead you through the narratives.

Connect with Courtney: Facebook and Twitter


I Was Ready by Akirah Robinson

Akirah will describe the moment she finally knew she needed to leave her toxic relationship, after experiencing four years of abuse and confusion.

Connect with Akirah: WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Oh Mama! Food Startups and the Young Child by Maria Graziani

Starting Healcrest Urban Farm's first branded line of products while raising 2 year old (now 5) was no task for the faint at heart! Let me tell you about some of the antics of taking a young child with you in the commercial kitchen, the farmer's markets and sometimes to trade shows and meetings! The news loves to talk about balancing work and home life but they sure haven't shared the details!

Connect with Maria: Facebook and Twitter

The Summer of Doing Things That Made Me Feel Uncomfortable by Mindy McHale

That is what I dubbed the summer of 2013, and it included a reluctant decision to begin taking improv classes. Little did I know then that the skills I was learning and the personal barriers I was breaking were preparing me to face an oncoming professional crisis and the ensuing discovery of what to do next.

Connect with Mindy: FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter

So, you want to own a brewery? by Sandra Cindrich

This is the question we always jokingly ask, when things aren't going as planned. But then things rarely ever go as planned. I will share with you my experiences in the brewing business, how I ended up here and what I have learned. Every day is a new experience with unique challenges. But at the end of the day, and always in the plan, I will relax and enjoy one of our beers, which reminds me that what I do really is worth it!

Connect with Sandra: LinkedIn

Life Choices: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly by R Yvonne Campos

The choices we make create the life we lead. We are the sum of all our choices. This is true for me and for you. I will share with you the good, the bad, and the ugly choices that have brought me great success, great pain and great lessons. Each day presents new opportunities for choices – I still make some good, some bad and some ugly! Hopefully fewer of the latter!

Connect with Yvonne: LinkedIn


Since it wouldn't be it would be a true Story Slam without a few surprise storytellers, you're invited to participate. If you wish to tell your own story, please arrive with a short teaser and bio (2-3 sentences each) on a piece of paper which can be submitted at the ticketing area. If your story is selected, you'll be invited to take the stage that evening.

General Guidelines:

  • Stories should be 5 minutes or less.
  • Stories must be your own.
  • Stories must be true as you remember them.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ellevate Pittsburgh’s charity for 2014, Special Spaces Pittsburgh Metro.

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Kristy Wallace

Kristy Wallace

New York, NY

Former CEO at Ellevate Network

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CEO at Ellevate Network

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Rebecca Spitzer

Rebecca Spitzer

New York, NY

VP of Product and Technology at Ellevate Network

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