City Year Philadelphia’s Women's Leadership Luncheon, will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Union League of Philadelphia.

The Women’s Leadership Luncheon is a way to empower local female leaders by getting connected to each other and the communities we live and work. This year’s event will use the restaurant sector as an example of how female leaders can create a sense of community, foster change and breakthrough in a previously male-dominated industry. The event will spotlight local female entrepreneurs, business owners and change makers in the food service industry.

Featured Panelists:
Aimee Olexy, Owner, Talula's Garden, Talula's Table & Talula's Daily
Stephanie Reitano, Gelato Artisan + Pizzaiola, Capogiro Gelato Artisans, Capofitto Pizza + Gelato
Valerie Safran & Chef Marcie Turney, Barbuzzo, Bud & Marilyn's, Little Nonna's, Lolita, Jamonera
Randi Sirkin, Director of Creative Services, STARR Restaurants
Judy Wicks, Founder, White Dog Café and Fair Food Philly
Ellen Yin, Co-Owner Fork and High Street on Market, Co-Owner High Street Hospitality Group

Hope Cohen, Chef, Author, Media Personality

Event attendees representing the most accomplished women in business, law, and public service will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with each other and support the next generation of Philadelphia leadership through City Year Philadelphia.

City Year Philadelphia, the event's proud host is an education non-profit organization that supports students in grades 3-10 who need extra care in getting their high school diploma by focusing on school attendance, behavior, and course performance in math and literacy. This year, 200 City Year AmeriCorps Members are making a powerful impact in the lives of students at 18 local schools through mentoring, tutoring and coaching.

For more information about this event, please contact Desiree DiGiovacchino at or 267-386-7033.

To learn more about event sponsorship opportunities, click here

Event Sponsors*:

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Special Thanks to our Event Committee*:
Kara Keating Mara(Event Chair)
Kimberly Allen
Maureen Austin 
Helaine Banner
Eve Biskind Klothen
Janice Block
Michelle Conn
Mary Copeland
Cherice Corley 
Varsovia Fernandez
Shauna Itri
Michelle Jordan
Krista Kondravy
Lisa McGrath
Tricia Norquist
Anne Paglia
Shannon Phillips
Lara Price
Maureen Sparks 
Kerri Strike
Shannon Sutherland
Jami Wintz Mckeon
*As of January 11, 2017