Meetings
Thank you for your interest in the Community Bridge-Building Network.  If you are interested in attending a meeting, please email cbridgebn@aol.com and provide your name and company.  

Registration is required to attend the meeting and walk-ins will not be honored.

Scroll down to view our upcoming meeting dates as well as an impressive listing of Past Network Presenters!
Past Presenters 

Therese Rocco, the City of Pittsburgh's first female Assistant Police Chief

Tim Hindes, Principle and CEO of Trailblaze Creative, designer of STRONGER THAN HATE logo

Carol Shrieve, Executive Director, Carnegie of Homestead

Leah Lizarondo, CEO and Co-Founder of 412 Food Rescue

Dr. Jessie Ramey, Director of Women's Institute, Chatham​ University

Mila Sanina, Executive Director of PublicSource

Anita Buzzy Prentiss, Buzzy Photography

Dr. Bethany Barone Gibbs,  Associate Professor of Health and Physical Activity, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh and Virginia Weida of Virginia Weida Designs. 

Pete McQuillin and Laura Faessel, Penn Forest Natural Burial Park

Indea Herndon, August Wilson Center

Bonnie Baxter, Founder and Executive Director, Doors Open Pittsburgh

Mike Priganc, Network Member

Melanie Linn Gutowski, Author, Kaufmann's Department Store and Pittsburgh’s Mansions

Cody McDevitt, Author, Pittsburgh Drinks: A History of Cocktails, Nightlife and Bartending Tradition

Sam Gottesman, Holocaust Survivor

Lauren Bairnsfather, Director, Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh

Joe Zgurzynski, Owner, Operator, Master Beekeeper, Country Barn Farm

Matt Webb, Urban Bird Conservation Coordinator, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Emily Catalano, Founder, Good Food Pittsburgh

Cynthia Caul, Center for Regional Agriculture, Food and Transformation (CRAFT) at Chatham University

Regina Able, Deputy District Director, Small Business Administration, Pittsburgh District 

Dr. Sarah Tambucci, Director, Arts Education Collaborative

Therese McShea, My Write Tool

Melanie Patterson, “The Good Ol’ Days House,” America’s first Nostalgic Guesthouse

Vivien Li, President and CEO, Riverlife Pittsburgh

Bonnie Baxter, Founder and Executive Director, Doors Open Pittsburgh

Felicia Richards, Creative Beyond Control Photography

Meg Pryor, Director, Henry Mancini Academy at Lincoln Park

Kim Adley, Owner and Custom Tour Designer, Passport to Pittsburgh 

Helen Wilson, Vice President, Squirrel Hill Historical Society

Wasi Mohamed, Executive Director, The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

Cory Van Horn, Owner/Head Guide, Food Guy Adventures

Adam Nelson, Director and Founder, The City of Play 

Wendy Long, Owner and Operator, Solutions for Independence

Pat Clark, Managing Partner, Jackson/Clark Partners

Matthew Craig, Executive Director, Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh

Robert Messner, Director, Braddock’s Battlefield History Center

Natalie Bencivenga, SEEN Editor/Ask Natalie advice columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ken Gormley, Dean of Duquesne Law School, Author of Archibal Cox: Conscience of a Nation and The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr

Rich Salvante, Yard to Table Garden Builders

Judi Vitale, Astrologist and Author

Todd Wilson, Author, Pittsburgh's Bridges

Fred Thieman, Esq., President of Buhl Foundation

John Fetterman, Mayor of Braddock and Candidate for United State Senate

Patricia McElligott, Author, Irish Pittsburgh

Wendy Lydon, Vice President/Business Coach, ThistleSea Business Development

Sarah Mayer, Partner, UpToKnowGood

Carrie Pavlik, Owner, Steel City Grazers

Arthi Subramaniam, Food Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

Eric Sloss, Principal, Creative Strategist for SHIFT

Keri Rouse, Allegheny Land Trust

"Homestead Jenn" Tompkins, Founder, Rent the Chicken

Douglas Heuck, Founder, Editor and Publisher of Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine

Dana Brown, Director, Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy at Chatham University

Patricia Penka French, Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational Cultural Center

Robin Nicholson, Director, Frick Art & Historical Center 

Laura Zorch, one of the authors of Food Lovers' Guide to Pittsburgh

Leslie Bonner, BonnerSpahr Consulting

Richard Piacentini, Executive Director, Phipps Conseratory

Emil Heintzinger, Small Business and Group Benefits Specialist, Legal Shield

Mark Valenti, Director of Education and Coaching, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative

Jim Bonner, Executive Director, Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania 

Tracy Certo, Founder and Publisher, NEXTpittsburgh

Etty Reut, Therapist who practices John F. Barnes Myofascial Release and Mind Body Therapy

Michele de la Reza, Managing Artistic Director, Attack Theatre

Denys Candy, Consultant to schools, businesses, and organizations interested in creating sustainable communities

Chef Bill Fuller, Corporate Chef for big Burrito Restaurant Group, awarded both Chef of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine

Arthur P. Ziegler, Co-Founder and President, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Michael Sriprasert, Real Estate Development Projects and Initiatives, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Melanie Linn Gutowski, Author of Pittsburgh's Mansions

Amanda Priebe, CFP, Associate Wealth Planner, PNC Wealth Management

Barney Oursler, Executive Director, Pittsburgh United

Angela Garcia, Deputy Director, Global Links

Drew Goldstein, PA Brew Tours

Kate Dewey, Executive Director, Forbes Funds

Matt Gaston, Co-Founder and Trustee, Awesome Pittsburgh

Mike Schiller, Executive Director, Green Building Alliance

Court Gould, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh

Cindy Howes, Morning Mix Host, 91.3 WYEP Pittsburgh

Abby Goldstein, General Manager, 91.3 WYEP Pittsburgh

Cynthia Pulkowski, Executive Director, ASSET STEM Education 

Louis Butler, The Pittsburgh Pie Guy

Peter Greninger, President, Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group

Bruce Klein, Founder, Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History

Hoddy Hanna, Chairman and CEO, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Al Condeluci, Executive Director, UCP/CLASS

Maura McCall, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Research

Jennifer Antkowiak, KDKA TV News Anchor, Author 

Rick DiClemente, Astrologer, Author of The Exquisite Zodiac

Julie Ann Sullivan, Author, Facilitator of Enhanced Learning, Learning Never Ends

Bradley Hilbert, Owner, Three Rivers Wealth Management Group

Mary Lou Bradley & Joe Groom, Owners, Paint Monkey, a BYOB Painting Studio in Lawrenceville

Chris Anthony, Owner, Chris Anthony Fitness

Lynn Figgins, Director of Business Development, Eyetique

Dr. Guy Caruso, Western Coordinator, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

David L. Donahoe, Executive Director, Allegheny Regional Asset District

Hilda Pang Fu, Founder and President, Luminari 

Mary Gregg, Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti Inc. and winner of 2012 Jefferson Award for community and public service in America

Barbara Johnstone, Carnegie Mellon University Linguist Professor and Expert in Pittsburghese

Brian O'Neill, Author of The Paris of Appalachia and Lifestyle Columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

MaryLynne Pitz, Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Erika Peterson, Owner, Green Circle Farms

Bob Firth, Founder, Informing Design

Deb Mortillaro, Owner, Palate Partners and Dreadnaught Wines

Bobby Zappala, Chief Executive Officer, Thrill Mill

Dottie Coll, Owner, Two Men and a Truck Moving Company

Lisa Brown, Executive Director, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association

Mike Kaus, Curator, Soldiers and Sailors Museum

Bob Bruce, formerly WPXI TV News Anchor, currently with Integrity Wealth Consulting

Heather Walsh, Co-founder, Living Pittsburgh

Deborah L. Acklin, President and Chief Executive Officer, WQED Multimedia

Scott Bricker, Executive Director, Bike Pittsburgh

Rick Sebak, Producer, WQED Multimedia Pittsburgh

Dorit Brauer, Teacher of Meditation and Author of Girls Don't Ride Motorbikes: A Spiritual Adventure Into Life's Labyrinth 

Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive 

Tony Norman, Columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Harish Saluja, Founder, Silk Screen Asian Arts and Cultural Organization

Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art

Bill Flanagan, Host of Our Regions Business, Executive VP Allegheny Conference

Scott Leib, President of the Board of Directors, Preservation Pittsburgh

Janet McCall, Executive Director, Society for Contemporary Crafts

Georgia Berner, President and CEO, Berner International Corporation

Heather McElwee, Executive Director , Pittsburgh Glass Center

Bill Peduto, City of Pittsburgh Mayor


Registration is required. Email cbridgebn@aol.com and provide your name and company.
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Meetings are held:

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Courtyard by Marriott

401 Waterfront Dr W, Homestead, PA 15120

412.462.7301 
www.communitybridge-buildingnetwork.com

Upcoming Meetings



January 15, 2020










February 19, 2020











March 18, 2020











April 15, 2020
Community Bridge-Building Network

A network unlike any other professional network
Pittsburgh skyline photo credit: Joyce Scott-Kliber
Serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Greater Pittsburgh area
Rossilynne Culgan


Author of 100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die and Director of "The Incline", an online morning publication with news and refreshing ideas on all things Pittsburgh.  Ms. Culgan will share her story on what made her write her book, start the online newsletter, and can give us tips from her book on Pittsburgh adventures!

theincline.com
Vic Walczak, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union - PA


For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

Mr. Walczak's career has been dedicated to defending a citizens' First Amendment rights. 

www.aclupa.org
Rosemaria Cristello, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Latino Community Center


Ms. Cristello was named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 in 2016 and was the first recipient of the Barbara McNeese Spirit of Athena Award which provides free tuition to the CMU Women’s Leadership and Negotiation Academy.

The Latino Community Center (LCC) believes that in order to have a vibrant and diverse workforce, a healthy society, and a thriving community, it starts with ensuring our community feels safe, integrated, and welcomed in their neighborhoods.

www.latinocommunitycenter.org
Josh Corcoran, Creator, Spare Change

Mr.  Corcoran is the creator of Spare Change, a video series that connects communities and causes with music by inviting bands to busk (street perform) for their favorite charities. Each episode, the money is used to "pay it forward" in a unique way meant to spread positivity through the region. The project began in February of 2017 when Josh and a friend were performing their music on the streets.

Web series Spare Change is changing lives one note at a time—music note that is! The organization uses music to unite businesses in support of charities. Business can be featured in their popular videos buy donating to a designated charity.

 

Meetings do not cancel in inclement weather.  
Rain or shine, snow or sleet, we will have our monthly network meeting!