U-Imagine Program Celebrates Women Entrepreneurs

Meet a renowned expert in Indian cooking who is the keynote speaker for a Nov. 11-12 U-Imagine Center program, A panel of alumnae provide expertise on how to achieve career success.

A noted cookbook author and entrepreneur is the featured speaker at the symposium, “She Works Hard for the Money!: Enterprising, Entrepreneurial and Empowered Women Tell Their Stories,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The program is sponsored by the U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies, a campus center that encourages entrepreneurial thinking across all disciplines.

Anupy Singla ’90, co-founder of Indian as Apple Pie, will speak from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Bomberger Auditorium. Following the talk, she will sign her latest book, Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook’s Guide to Traditional Favorites (2014). A coffee and dessert reception follow.

Singla is the author of three books. Indian For Everyone, now out in paperback, is a compilation of the most popular Indian recipes outside of India. Her first two books, The Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooking remain the top-selling Indian cookbooks in North America. She is a former business journalist, and her food-related work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Wall Street Journal, and various other newspapers and magazines. 

On Friday afternoon, acclaimed financial expert Christy Barilotti ’01, CEO and president of Barilotti Wealth Strategies, LLC, will conduct a workshop from 2:30 to 4 p.m., “Getting Dressed for Retirement,” in Musser Auditorium in Pfahler Hall.

Barilotti is in the “40 under 40” Philadelphia Group in Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2015 up and coming leaders. She was a finalist in the “Entrepreneur of the Year” competition sponsored by Ernst & Young. Barilotti’s wealth management business has grown by 50 percent over the last five years, and she attributes her success to her mentoring of new advisees. A certified financial planner, Barilotti helps provide professional guidance while offering personal attention.

NEWu is offering an activity point to those who can attend.

The symposium continues Saturday for students only with a panel of alumnae who have achieved success in their careers.It begins with a lunch followed by a discussion led by Kelly Becker ’10, entrepreneur at Under Armour. Following the discussion, guests will break out into roundtable discussions with paanelists, and conclude with a wine and cheese reception.  

Meet the panelists:

Kelly Becker ’10 - Opening Remarks
Innovation Partnerships, Under Armour
Emilia Andrews ’95
Co-Founder & COO at Beholder Productions
Lucy Beard
Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute
Dawn Chavous ’01
President of Chavous Consulting, LLC
Susan Winters Griste ’95
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Heather Holiday
Owner, Mason Dixon Made
Erica Schnebel ’13
Brand Manager, K’NEX Brands
Leigh Woolston Karsch ’94

Owner, La Petite Fleur & Fleurish, ink

For more information on our panelists visit this link.

The U-Imagine Center’s mission is to challenge students to identify opportunities and take action using ethical entrepreneurial thinking.

By Wendy Greenberg