Celebrating Seniors and Making Dreams Come True. We grant Simple Needs Wishes, Celebrating Life Wishes, Living Life to the Fullest Wishes. Simple Needs wishes include things like clothing, lift chairs, hearing aids, mobility devices, or appliances. Celebrating a Life wishes are meaningful and nostalgic for hospice patients or recipients with limited life expediencies. These wishes can be for family reunions, visits to home towns, chances to return to a job or career one more time, and any similar wish that validates and brings joy to the recipient. Living Life to the Fullest wishes would include riding on a motorcycle, having a book published, flying on a fighter jet, meeting a celebrity, or going to a sporting event. All funds raised in Westmoreland County are used for the sole purpose of granting wishes for those deserving seniors in our county.
Twilight Wish is the 2020-2021 BPW/PA State Project. Throughout the year, Latrobe BPW along with other chapters throughout Pennsylvania will raise funds to help support Twilight Wish.
Latrobe BPW is back! Well, we never went away but we are back with in-person dinner meeting. And that’s awesome news. This month, we welcome Carolyn Loucks from Excela Health’s Community Wellness Speaker Series as guest speaker. Two words. Stress. Management. Who doesn’t need a few tips on this topic, especially now? Carolyn works for the Well Being Center at Excela Health as a physiologist. She’s been with Excela for four years. A graduate of Seton Hill University with a Bachelor’s degree in science, Carolyn’s opportunities were vast. ““In my field I am able to work as a personal trainer, which is one of my passions. I enjoy the one on one and getting to know someone and their struggles and watching them overcome those obstacles.” In addition to teaching exercise classes at Excela, she helps to educate the staff and community members on the importance of Stress Management. As part of Excela’s commitment to “Improve the Health and Well-Being of Every Life We Touch,” the Community Wellness department offers classes, events, seminars, health talks and support groups designed to help people in our neighborhoods keep up-to-date on advances in medicine and to have a better understanding of their overall health and wellness.
Kate Dawson is President of Ferri Dawson Insurance, an agency located in Murrysville, PA. Kate began her career in insurance in 2011, and obtained her Property and Casualty Insurance License the following spring. A 2006 graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication and Mass Media Technology, while focusing on Marketing and Public Relations.
Kate has a passion for volunteering and contributes time to numerous charities including HOPE for Steve. She is a member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, and The Committee for the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. She was recognized by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow. She currently serves as President of the BNI Circle of Gold chapter.
When she is not volunteering, Kate also enjoys traveling, gardening, yoga, and spending time with her family. Kate resides in Murrysville with her husband, Fred. She’s often found in the Cultural District of Pittsburgh at the theater.
Latrobe Business & Professional Women
Pennsylvania Women Work helps to lead individuals toward financial independence by empowering women with job search and inter-view skills. Their programs give women opportunities to build their confidence, help to set professional and personal goals, and find lasting employment.
Our speaker, Mary Saula is the mentorship specialist for “3 Cups of Coffee GRAD at Westmoreland County Community College. The 3 CUPS OF COFFEE® is a short-term mentoring program that connects job-seekers with a skilled volunteer in a similar job field. Over three meetings, the mentor helps the mentee strengthen their interview and job search skills and create a customized career plan while networking and building connections. Mentors provide a wealth of experience, knowledge and connections to help mentees land – and succeed in – the perfect job. The support and connections made through this program are life-changing.
Insurance: Protecting What Matters Most
Join us August 20th for a membership social featuring a few fun activities. Get to know your fellow Latrobe BPW members. Guests welcome to attend.
Lisa Frederick is the second generation and President of Unity Printing, a full service commercial printing company that has been in business since 1979. Lisa began working with her father, James Ernette, over 25 years ago after she graduated from St. Vincent College. Lisa and her husband Joe purchased the business from her father in 2014, then led Unity Printing through the rigorous Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification in 2014. In 2016, Lisa led Unity Printing through five different acquisitions adding screen printing, embroidery, signage, and trophies/awards to Unity Printing’s in-house printing capabilities. Lisa resides in Latrobe and enjoys serving on the Economic Growth Connection and Valley School of Ligonier boards.
Ashley Frederick is the third generation of Unity Printing. Although Ashley only graduated from Stetson University in 2016, she has been a part of the Unity Printing team since 2013. While majoring in Family Business at Stetson University, with a double minor in English and Management, Ashley was chosen to work with family business professors from around the globe on a Family Business Research Project. After her time at Stetson, Ashley joined Unity Printing full-time. Currently, Ashley serves as the sales manager and focuses on developing relationships through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), promoting Unity Printing’s women-owned business certification. Ashley currently resides in Latrobe. She enjoys serving on several non-profit boards across Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.
National Business Women's Week
Latrobe Business and Professional Women plan to commemorate National Business Women’s Week at their monthly meeting on Thursday, October 15th at 6pm at Rizzo’s Malabar Inn. Members and guests will enjoy networking, dinner, and a presentation by featured guest speakers Lisa and Ashley Frederick, proprietors of Unity Printing, a Women-Owned Business, located in Latrobe.
National Business Women’s Week is a nationally recognized week, occurring October 18th-24th this year. It is a week designated to honor the contributions of working women and the employers who support them and their families.
Westmoreland County Chapter
Check back often for updates to our speaker schedule throughout the year!
Don't miss out on joining us in March for a special presentation geared towards Women in History. Fun facts, lots of laugh, and membership participation! More details to be announced soon!
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