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No Name Players, SWAN Day and Taking Flight with @WePropelle

15 Jan

I’ve known about the awesome Propelle women’s networking happy hours for ages, but haven’t managed to make my way to one until last night. When I saw that the “guests of honor” for the happy hour were the No Name Players (Tressa Glover and Don DiGiulio), who are the driving force behind Pittsburgh’s SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day Celebration, I told myself it’s darn time I made it to that happy hour.
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Sandy and I had the awesome opportunity to be interviewed for this year’s SWAN Day, so I’m totally looking forward to see what art came from those interviews of us and other Pittsburgh women ages 9 through 65.  I wish I had some sort of artistic talent, but I really don’t.  I was thrilled that this project gave me the opportunity to be part of the artistic process, even without talent.

The No Name Players are part of a $2,000 challenge grant right now.  If they can raise $2,000, Martha Richards, the co-founder of SWAN Day has promised to match the funds.  You can contribute at the No Name Players Webpage!

The Propelle happy hour was great.  Even though it was a pretty large crowd, there was an opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves to the group.  And boy was this a patient group! Everyone was attentive and interested.  Introductions like that seem like such a minor thing, but there’s no way I would have made my way around the room to learn about everyone otherwise. 

I also loved how the introductions facilitated their own conversations.  You may not realize this, but I am painfully shy.  If I’m in a group of people I already know and am comfortable with, I’m loud and outgoing.  But a room full of people I don’t know is my personal hell.  Going into a networking event takes a lot of preparation and thought for me, because I am so nervous about it.  I think about thigs like “what kinds of questions should I ask people?”  “what should I do to get into a conversation, if it feels like people are already occupied and chatting?” “what do I need to do to make sure that I move around the room and meet people, instead of meeting one person, getting comfortable chatting with them, and then making them crazy because I follow them around all night?”    The introductions made it so easy for me to identify people I had things in common with, and strike up conversations on those topics. 

Propelle is primarily focused on women entrepreneurs, but they welcome you just as graciously if you aren’t in charge of your own business. I think it’s fair to say that Propelle wants to see women succeed in all walks of business, and be independent and strong.  They are really stepping up their game this year with a lot more interactive workshops and events.  I can’t wait to see what they have in store!

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Reader Assignment: Go have fun in Pgh!

11 Nov

This coming week is one of those weeks where there is a TON of fun stuff going on.  As luck would have it, I’m going to be out of town doing lawyer things for most of the next week, so I am going to miss it.  But if I WERE in Pittsburgh, this would be the stuff I would be doing:

On Tuesday, Propelle (Helping Women Entrepreneurs Take Flight) is having their one year anniversary networking happy hour!  I’ve gotten to know Emily through the BlogMob events we’ve been co-hosting, and I have been really impressed by all the awesome things that Propelle is doing for women business owners in Pittsburgh. Propelle provides a unique and much-needed function for women in Pittsburgh, and this special birthday is cause to celebrate!

On Wednesday, Neil Gaiman is speaking at the Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland) as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Series.  Sandman? Stardust? American Gods? Coraline? Anansi Boys? Excellent. General Admission tickets start at just $15.

On Thursday, Pittsburgh twitterers are getting together for a monthly TweetUp at the Porch at Schenley Plaza!  Good people, good food, and drink specials! What’s not to like?

And finally, on Friday, it is Light Up Night in Downtown Pittsburgh.  I’ve been living here for 12 years, and shamefully, I’ve only made it to Light Up Night once.  Baby Beez would love all the lights and festivities, but she’ll have to wait til next year.  Light Up Night marks the season opening of the PPG Place skating rink, maybe this year will be the year I finally get around to getting a lunchtime ice skating season pass!

Readers, please go out and have FUN in the city this week, there is so much to do! Tell me all about your adventures!
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Weekend ahoy!

12 Oct

You know those weekends where it seems like every organization and entity has something going on, and you want to attend EVERYTHING!  I have those a lot.  This weekend is especially nutty.  I’m looking at my weekend plans, and I’m kind of tired already.  But these are all GREAT things I will be doing, so it will be a busy weekend but a fun one!

This afternoon kicks off with the announcement of BAR EXAM RESULTS! I am so nervous and excited for all my friends who took the PA bar exam this year! Here’s to hoping that you’ll spend the afternoon sipping champagne in joy (and if not, at least tip a few back in sorrow).

This evening is the Alumni Reception for my 5 year law school reunion! 5 years! Can you believe it! Where did the time go?

HAIL TO PITT!

Tomorrow brings the much anticipated Propelle Style Summit

I’m a little nervous about picking out an outfit…what in my closet could possibly be cool enough to wear to a gathering of fashionistas?

Saturday also brings the Annual Meeting for the East End Food Co-Op.  If you’re a Co-Op member, please be sure to attend! Election results for the Board of Directors will be announced (you can vote at the meeting, if you haven’t voted yet), and they’ll be giving updates on the state of the Co-op and its plans for the upcoming year.

On Sunday, Mr. Beez and I will be venturing to the Pittsburgh Opera for Rigoletto.  Although I’m a bit of an opera nut, I’ve never seen Rigoletto before.  It has gotten rave reviews, so I’m excited for an afternoon of music and drama!

What does your weekend have in store?