Pennsylvania Commission for Women

Women's Mentorship Symposium: Paying It Forward

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Westin Convention Center Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Commission for Women is pleased to host the 2014 Women’s Mentorship Symposium: Paying It Forward. The half-day event will focus on the critical importance of mentorship on women’s personal and professional success.

Lori Greiner
Lori Greiner, the “warm blooded shark”™ on the hit entrepreneurial business show “Shark Tank” on ABC, will give keynote remarks during the luncheon program. Greiner is now regarded as one of the most prolific inventors of retail products, having created over 400 products, and holds 120 U.S. and international patents. Greiner entered the literary world with her first book Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! which is a National Best Seller and is a hands on, step-by-step guide on how to turn an idea into a million dollar reality. To learn more about Lori,click here.

The symposium will offer substantive morning workshops, including Speed Mentoring and a Business Plan Competition.

The Speed Mentoring program will provide a structured, fast-paced setting for women to interact with one another to discuss topics such as work-life balance, career transition, and salary negotiation. Senior level women in a variety of professional fields will serve as mentors for the program.

The NAWBO PA Business Plan Competition will offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for women business owners in Pennsylvania to showcase their business venture while competing for a $10,000 cash prize. The competition celebrates female entrepreneurship and is open to women business owners in Pennsylvania who started their business on or after January 1, 2012. The judging panel includes: Lori Greiner – entrepreneur and star shark on “Shark Tank”; Julia Hearthway – Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; and Reneé Amoore, founder and president of The Amoore Group, Inc. To learn more about the competition or to apply, please visit

To register for the 2014 Women’s Mentorship Symposium, click here. Please note that capacity is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hotel Accommodations
A discounted room rate is available at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. Please use the link below to make a reservation or call 412-281-3700 and reference the “PA Commission for Women.”

Parking is available on site – $20 for self-parking and $24 for valet parking with in and out privileges. Off-site parking is also available at the 11th and Smallman lot, the 15th and Smallman lot as well as parking garages throughout the city.

For questions, please contact Ashley Mostek at or 717-787-1965.

Presenting Sponsors

Business Plan Competition Partner