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.

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

Jonnet Solomon, Founder and Executive Director, National Opera House

Daniel Little, CEO, involveMINT

Terry O'Reilly, President & CEO Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation

Katie Blackley, Digital Editor/Producer, Internship Coordinator, 90.5 WESA

Andy Masich, President & CEO, Senator John Heinz History Center

Elizabeth E. Barker, Executive Director, The Frick Pittsburgh

Mark Oppenheimer, Author of "Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood"

Carlos T. Carter, President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

Dr. Jeremy Goodman, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium President and CEO

Dr. Ken Gormley, President, Duquesne University

Anne Madarasz, Director of the Curatorial Division, Chief Historian, and Director of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum

Dr. Erica Nuckles, Director of Learning, Engagements and Partnerships, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art 

Hayley Haldeman, Executive Director, Mattress Factory

Zachary Rutter, professional artist and muralist

Andrés Franco, Executive Director, City of Asylum

David Finegold, President, Chatham University

Nathan Darity, Executive Director, The Global Switchboard

Ashley Lynn Priore, Founder, President and CEO, Queen's Gambit Chess Institute Pittsburgh

Amy Baldonieri, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Rivers of Steel

Bobbi Watt Geer, President and CEO of the United Way of Southwestern PA

Dr. James Johnson and Pamela Johnson, Founders, Executive Directors, Afro-American Music Institute

Rosemaria Cristello, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Latino Community Center

Laura Zurowski, author, artist, Mis-Steps.com: Our Missed Connections with Pittsburgh's City Steps

Deon Deshields, Founder, Lounique Financial Group LLC

Louise Sturgess, Executive Director, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

Vic Walczak, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union - PA

Ken Gormley, President of Duquesne University, Professor of Law

Eric Lindey, Executive Vice President of Adult ID Pennsylvania, Imperium, Inc.

Bill Flanagan, Chief Corporate Relations Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Erica Knuckles, Director of History and Collections, Fort Ligonier & Braddock Battlefield History Center

Bonnie Baxter, Founder/Executive Director of DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh

Steve Turner, Marketing Manager of Turner Dairy Farms

Natalie Bencivenga, SEEN Editor/Ask Natalie Advice Columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rick Sebak, film director/producer, WQED Mulitmedia Pittsburgh

Brian O'Neill, author, columnist for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bill Fuller, President and Corporate Chef, Big Burrito Restaurant Group

Rossilynne Culgan, Author of 100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die and Director of "The Incline"

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

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

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

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

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

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.  A link to participate in the virtual meeting will be sent to you upon registration.
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We want our virtual meetings to have the feel, as best we can, of our in-person meetings, which we had been doing for years. Therefore, we have a specific protocol to get the most out of our Network.  Here are some important things regarding our meetings:

1. You need to submit an RSVP to attend; we then will send you the link for the meeting.

2. You are encouraged to invite a guest; your guest will need to submit their own RSVP directly to us.

3. If you submit an RSVP that you will be attending, we do expect to see you at the meeting. Our meetings are designed around the attendance.

4. Since this is a networking group, when you join us on Zoom, we do expect to see your face, so have your camera on when you join us.

5. We also expect you to be able to stay for the entire meeting, unless we hear from you prior to the meeting. This is very important for our networking sessions.


February 15, 2023 - VIRTUAL MEETING

9:00am - 11:00am
Trish Adlesic, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning producer and director

​Maria Angelica Caruso is an American born dancer, choreographer, actor, director, producer, publisher, academic, social activist, fitness and wellness practitioner, and entrepreneur.  Her dance career, spanning over two decades, is highlighted by her work with the world's most prominent classical and contemporary companies, and she is known for her impeccable classical ballet technique nuanced by her strong roots in the modern dance vernacular.  

Ms. Caruso is renowned for focusing on humanity in her choreography. Nominated in 2012 by Examiner.com as one of 25 finalists in the "America Inspired" contest, she continues to utilize dance as a means of expression capable of raising awareness about significant subject matter.
Her work has been the foundation of significant collaborations with the likes of the Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Israel's Karmiel Dance Festival, Brazil's Cisne Negro, Italy's ARB Dance Company, and numerous independent artists across the globe. In 2011, Bodiography was trademarked as a movement vocabulary and it formed the basis of Ms. Caruso's unique research-based choreographic process. 

​http://new.bodiography.com/


March 15, 2023 - VIRTUAL MEETING

9:00am - 11:00am

A Pittsburgh native, Trish Adlesic is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy winning documentary producer/director.  She lives in New York with her family and was visiting family in Pittsburgh when a gunman walked into the nearby Tree of Life synagogue and killed 11 people in the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history.  After the shooting, she decided to come back to Pittsburgh to "get to work." She'd stay here for the next three years, cultivating relationships with the survivors and families of the victims to make a film, "A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting," which is currently streaming on HBO Max.

Ms. Adlesic produced the 2011 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary (Feature), Gasland, a film which focuses on communities in the U.S. impacted by natural gas drilling, specifically hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).  Ms. Adlesic also directed and produced I Am Evidence, along with Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order: SVU, about the alarming number of untested sexual assault kits in America. I Am Evidence won an Emmy for best documentary.

Ms. Adlesic also served as a location manager for many movies including Finding Forrester, In America, and The Basketball Diaries. From 1999 to 2010, she served as the location manager for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She is of Slovenian descent on her father’s side and Irish on her mother’s, who traces her roots to Dublin and Cork.

Maria Caruso, Founding Director, Bodiography