Join us at Chatham University for three days of fascinating speakers and great networking events. Learn more about
those who will be presenting at #ThinkingBigger2016.
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Abby Phillip
Washington Post

Abby Phillip is a national political reporter focusing on the Democrats and Hillary Clinton's presidential run. Previously she was a general assignment reporter for the Post. She began her journalism career as a White House reporter and blogger for POLITICO. Abby later joined ABC News as an ABC News Fellow in New York and then was a digital reporter for the network in Washington, covering politics. She has written and produced stories for ABC News programs including This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Nightline, and ABCNews.com. Abby is a graduate of Harvard University and is is a native of Maryland currently living in Washington, D.C.

Chris Potter
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chris Potter is a staff writer currently covering politics for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His very first story for publication, some 21 years ago, concerned performance artists stuffing live lobsters into their pants... and in a way, his coverage of the 2016 race has merely offered variations on that theme. A native of the People's Republic of Upper St. Clair, his work has been published in a variety of local and national publications, only some of which went out of business afterward. He has won some awards in his two-decade-long career, but really, what journalist hasn't? And yes, that is his real hair.

Christine Toretti
Republican National Committeewoman

Christine is the former CEO of S.W. Jack Drilling Co. She now serves as CEO of Palladio LLC., a consulting firm for distressed entities and start-up ventures. A national political figure, Christine is recognized as "one of the few women of power in the political arena." Her passions include Palladian architecture, the art of the Renaissance, and philanthropy.



Kelly Hunt, PhD
District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).


Dr. Kelly A. Hunt serves SBA's Pittsburgh District Office where she is responsible for the delivery and leadership of the agency's financial and business development programs throughout the western 27 counties of Pennsylvania. A native of Washington County, Pa., Hunt serves on a leadership team for four local organizations and has traveled internationally to help communities around the world.


JulieHera DeStefano


A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, DeStefano conceived the idea for the Journey to Normal Project in the spring of 2009. She has developed the feature-length documentary Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home, an online video interview archive, and the Walking It In community empowerment initiative, all aimed at bridging the gap in understanding between military and civilian cultures. DeStefano speaks extensively on the deployment and reintegration experience of the post 9/11 veteran, especially the experiences of women veterans. She is profiled in the book Legendary Locals of Pittsburgh.




Presenters & Moderators at the Women's Institute's Gender Scholar Symposium. More info on the event.

Nicole K Bayliss

Nichole K. Bayliss
PhD, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Psychology, and Social Work


"Toxic Fragility: Critiquing Toxic Masculinity, Considering the Toxicity of Hegemonic Gender, and Adding Fragility as an Intersectional Understanding of Fear”

Lachelle Binion

Lachelle Binion, MBA
Development & Program Coordinator, The Women's Law Project

Sonya Borrero

Sonya Borrero, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science; Director, Center for Women's Health Research and Innovation, University of Pittsburgh

Britney G. Brinkman

Britney G. Brinkman, Ph. D.
Chatham University


"Girls’ activism in response to violence"

Lisa D Bush

Lisa D. Brush
Professor, Sociology Department and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh.


"Trouble in Paradigm: A critical appreciation of public health approaches to primary prevention of gendered violence”

Kathi R. Elliot

Kathi Elliot, DNP, MSW, CRNP
Executive Director, Gwen’s Girls


Julie C. Evans, MSW
Director of Crisis & Prevention Services, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape


José Garth
Peer Education Coordinator
Planned Parenthood of Western PA

Vanessa German
Citizen Artist

Blayre Holmes

Blayre Holmes
Program Manager at the Women and Girls Foundation

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Katie Horowitz, MPH
Vice President for Education
Planned Parenthood of Western PA

anupama jain, Ph.D.
Principal Consultant, Inclusant


Nicole Molinaro Karaczun
Chief Program Officer, Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

Chaz R. Kellem
Senior Director
Advocacy for Race & Gender Equity

Maureen C. McHugh
Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


"Campus Climate”


Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, FSAHM
Chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


"Sexual violence and relationship abuse prevention in clinical and community based settings”


Sabrina Saunders Mosby
Executive Director, Strong Women, Strong Girls Inc.

Peggy Morrison Outon
Executive Director, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, Robert Morris University


Anna Floerke Scheid, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Duquesne University


"God, Gender, and Violence"

Jennifer Sweatman
Assistant Professor of History
Washington and Jefferson College.


“(Post)Colonial Violence: Complicated Histories in French-Algerian Narratives”

William Scott

William Scott
Associate Professor, Department of English and Faculty Fellow, Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program
University of Pittsburgh


"Masculinity and Violence in Contemporary US Culture”