Gannon SBDC Invests in Women of the Future

Girl Scouts SBDCPosted: June 6, 2012

The ‘wildly’ popular Women In Leadership Development (WILD) Conference hosted by the Gannon University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a celebration of women locally and this year, as far away as Indiana, New Jersey and Delaware.

For the 2012 Conference, the Gannon University SBDC and the conference’s Steering Committee elected to make an investment in women of the future.

On behalf of the SBDC and the committee, Dr. Melanie Hatch, dean of Gannon’s College of Engineering and Business, recently presented a check for $5,095 to the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania. The funds were raised from a silent auction held during the Women in Leadership Development Conference.

The $5,095 represents the most ever raised during a WILD Conference for a designated philanthropy such as the Girl Scouts. Above, Dr. Hatch is shown presenting the check to Missy Mattera, regional vice president for the Girl Scouts.

More than 800 attendees and exhibitors participated in this year’s WILD Conference, the fifth annual. Grace Killelea, senior vice president of talent for Comcast Cable, was the event’s Leadership Speaker, and Peggy Klaus, president of Klaus & Associates, was the Entrepreneurship Speaker. Conference participants also enjoyed a day of professional development and networking.

The Gannon SBDC extends its gratitude to the following contributors for their help with a very successful silent auction: Ambridge Rose Spa & Salon, Bel-Aire Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Bella Salon & Day Spa, Chico’s at the Millcreek Mall Pavilion, Connoisseur Media-Erie, the Erie Philharmonic, Gannon University, Terra Corsini of the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, Angelo’s Salon Development Group, Good Health Rejuvenation, InProgress Online, iRock Fitness, Isaac Baker, Lia Sophia Designer Jewelry, Lilly Broadcasting, Mercyhurst University, North East Chamber of Commerce, Amy Farrar of Presque Isle Downs & Casino, Scott Enterprises, Sandcille Demi Spa & Treatment Studio, the Sam Hyman Band, the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, Anita Kuchcinski of First National Bank and fashion consultant Valerie Weaver.

The conference’s Steering Committee included:

  • Melanie Hatch, Ph.D., Dean of Gannon’s College of Engineering and Business (Executive Committee)
  • Vic Delaney, MBA, Assistant to the Dean of Gannon’s College of Engineering and Business (Executive Committee)
  • Jodie Camillo, MPA,Educational Program Coordinator for the Gannon University Small Business Development Center (Executive Committee)
  • Marsha MacKinnon, Media Specialist and WILD Coordinator for the Gannon University Small Business Development Center (Executive Committee)
  • Denise Christianson, 2012 WILD Chairwoman and President of Advanced Placement Services, Inc.
  • Donna Zariczny, 2011 WILD Chairwoman and President of Inscale Architects
  • Colleen Moore Mezler, 2010 WILD Chairwoman and President of Moore Research Services, Inc.
  • Beth Whitford, WILD centerpiece designer and Owner of Beth’s Hearts & Flowers
  • Haley Figurski, Group Tour and Travel Sales Manager for Scott Enterprises
  • Laurie Root, Vice President of Investor Relations for the United Way of Erie County

The Women in Leadership Development Conference is designed to empower professional and enterprising women with knowledge, energy and passion. The event, founded in 2008 by the Gannon University Small Business Development Center, recognizes, supports and promotes women in business through the principle of “women helping women.”