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Announcing Lani Lazzari

Welcome to our youngest speaker in the lineup! Lani Lazzari brings many years of experience having ventured into entrepreneurship at such a young age. Lani Lazzari is the founder and CEO of the all-natural skincare company Simple Sugars. Simple Sugars manufactures and sells all-natural sugar scrubs especially formulated for sensitive skin. Lazzari founded Simple Sugars in December of 2005, when she was just 11 years old, in an effort to create natural skincare products that would be safe to use on her ultra-sensitive skin and relieve her eczema. What started in the basement of her parents’ home is now a multimillion-dollar [...]

By |November 27th, 2015|Tags: , , |

Announcing Dervla McDonnell

How exciting: we're bringing a student into the mix of our professional speakers with Dervla McDonnell! McDonnell is a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Public Policy & Management pursuing a Master’s degree in Arts Management. She is also the Community Development Manager at Future Tenant. Future Tenant is a space for art located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District at 819 Penn Avenue, which is led by Arts Management students and features a variety of performing and visual arts exhibitions focusing on the Pittsburgh emerging arts community. At Future Tenant, McDonnell leads all community events and programming for [...]

By |October 29th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Announcing Henry Thorne

We'll be updating you with the rest of our speakers in the next few days! We're excited to welcome Henry Thorne onto our list of speakers. Henry Thorne is Co-Founder and CTO of 4moms. As a roboticist with more than 33 years of experience, Thorne wanted to use his expertise to spearhead an industry where he would directly enhance people’s lives. With his passion for robotics and co-founder Robert Daley’s vision, 4moms was born. In his role as CTO, Thorne leads product development generally and directly designs the company’s most complex systems. Thorne became well known in the robotics industry after inventing [...]

By |October 29th, 2015|Tags: , , |

Announcing Gillian Jacobs

The second-to-last confirmed speaker has arrived. Introducing Gillian Jacobs! A natural talent, with a striking presence and undeniable energy, Gillian Jacobs is one of Hollywood's most vibrant young actresses. Jacobs is currently in production in the new Mike Birbiglia dramatic comedy, DON’T THINK TWICE, starring alongside Keegan-Michael Key and Kate Micucci set to release in 2016. DON’T THINK TWICE revolves around an improv group that loses its lease on its home theater at the same time that one of its cast-members gets chosen for the biggest sketch-comedy show on television. She also recently wrapped production on the new Judd Apatow [...]

By |September 28th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Announcing Priya Narasimhan

We're excited to announce a next addition to the lineup: Priya Narasimhan! Ms. Narasimhan plans to speak on mobile app software development at our event. Narasimhan is the CEO and Founder of YinzCam, Inc., a company focused on mobile live replays and scalable algorithms and technologies to provide the mobile apps for 140+ professional sports teams/venues around the world, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, NRL, and college athletics. Narasimhan is also a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, with research interests in the fields of distributed systems, fault-tolerance, embedded systems, sensors, and cloud computing. Her research has earned her 150+ publications, an Alfred Sloan Fellowship, the 2009 Carnegie Science [...]

By |September 5th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Announcing Srinivasan Suresh

We're excited to add Dr. Srinivasan Suresh to our lineup! At the December event, Dr. Suresh plans to speak on his work with big data and its role in medicine. Dr. Suresh is a pediatric emergency physician and an informaticist. He currently serves as the Chief Information Officer at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) of UPMC. He is a Visiting Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He graduated from University of Madras, India, completed pediatrics residency and emergency medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, and obtained his MBA from the University of Michigan.  [...]

By |September 1st, 2015|Tags: , , , |