Pgh Dreamer 2023: A Year in Review

January 8, 2024

By Meghan Greenwood

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We are back, but not first without a special look back on all of the guests we interviewed in 2023. We met so many inspiring women, who all have traversed the setbacks of COVID, reimagined their trajectories multiple times over, and succeeded in establishing their presence in the Pittsburgh community!

Tierra Thorne kicked things off by highlighting how picnics can bring people together in many more ways than food alone – the ability to engage many different members of society and create important conversations keeps her business cutting edge. Louise and Sarah Silk, a mother-daughter duo, shared with us their special bond of sewing and how reimagining fabric can not only create one-of-a-kind pieces but also save the environment.

Jessica Graves strives to promote mentoring and community well-being through her natural and handmade products. Kate Zarvis has taken her passion and developed 3 successful companies and growing. Dana Bannon chatted with us about the trials and tribulations of maintaining a small business, and how big picture thinking can really keep you on task and true to your values.

Leah Lizarondo is helping food insecure members of our community with the amazing 412 Food Rescue mission, while Megs Yunn is helping our children in need feel important and valuable through Beverly’s Birthdays. Judy Masucci is boosting women’s confidence and helping women in need with custom bras and feminine products, and Larissa Russo is saving Mother Earth by encouraging our community to reduce plastic waste through the Refillery Pgh. Emily Thornton is promoting healthier eating and nutrition with cold-press juices, including Pittsburgh’s first mobile juice initiative.

Abbey O’Brien and Shana Simmons talked about providing movement opportunities and beautiful art through fitness and dance. Artists Emmalee Schattauer, Andrea Caruso, Amanda Lee, Natalie Vazquez, and Rebecca Choltco took inspiration from worthy causes and worthy people to produce their own creative pieces and events.

Julie Cargal talked to us about the initial stages of starting a new business, while Lynn Berry educated us on how she has developed and sustained a successful business for over a decade. And finally singer/songwriter/pianist Kate Denman serenaded us about pursuing a professional career in music.

I want to thank all of these women from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to share their stories and be vulnerable in explaining how they got to where they are today. I look forward to interviewing many more inspirational women leaders in 2024 – stay tuned!


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