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A Free Breakfast Panel Series For The Entrepreneurial Community
Our Expert Panelists
How Women Lead
Founder and Executive Director of GrubStreet
Eve Bridburg is the Founder and Executive Director of GrubStreet. Under her leadership, the organization has grown into a national literary powerhouse by expanding offerings to better educate and equip writers in the digital age, launching new, innovative programming for advanced students, and significantly expanding scholarship opportunities to ensure access. Eve curated GrubStreet’s NEA-funded Publish it Forward lecture series and our innovative Launch Lab, led GrubStreet’s Diversity Task force, laying the foundation for GrubStreet’s next chapter, and was the driving force behind establishing the country’s first Literary Cultural District in downtown Boston. Eve’s work has been recognized by Boston Magazine, who named her one of Boston’s 50 most powerful women in 2010, and by BostInno Magazine who gave her their 2014 Arts and Entertainment Award for driving innovation in Boston. Having graduated from its inaugural class, Eve remains active with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a consortium of 200 of the world’s top cultural leaders, which addresses the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector worldwide. Eve has presented on publishing, the future of publishing, and on what it takes to build a literary arts center at numerous conferences, including AWP, O’Reilly’s Tools of Change, GrubStreet’s own The Muse and the Marketplace, Whidbey Island Writers Conference, The Sanibel Island Writers Conference, and Writers at Work. Her essays and op-eds on publishing, the role of creative writing centers and the importance of the narrative arts have appeared in The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Cognoscenti, Writer’s Digest and TinHouse. Eve worked as a literary agent at The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency for five happy years where she developed, edited, and sold a wide variety of books to major publishers. Before starting GrubStreet, she attended Boston University’s Writing program on a teaching fellowship, farmed in Oregon, and ran an international bookstore in Prague. www.grubstreet.org
Annissa Essaibi George
City Councilor-At-Large & Founder of Stitch House
Annissa Essaibi George, a daughter of Dorchester and a teacher to East Boston, was adopted by all Boston neighborhoods when they elected her city councilor-at-large in November 2015.
Starting in 2001, Annissa taught Economics, Business Management (as part of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) and Health & Human Services to juniors and seniors at East Boston High School. She also served as the assistant softball coach.
Annissa also is the founder and owner of Stitch House in Dorchester. This brick and mortar retail shop sells yarn and fabrics and offers classes in knitting, sewing, quilting and crochet, all hobbies Annissa has enjoyed since childhood. Stitch House is a thriving, small business that attracts customers from the greater Boston area and beyond since 2007. Annissa understands the process of developing an idea, building a business and sustaining it during difficult economic times. She also appreciates how small businesses add value to a community, both economically and as a way to strengthen people’s ties to each other and their community. She’ll be an advocate for small business development on the city council.
As a mother, a teacher and a small business owner, Annissa has profound investments in the future of the great City of Boston. She looks forward to collaborating with her colleagues on the Council and serving communities in every neighborhood to contribute to continuing Boston’s proud tradition of success. More about Annissa Essaibi George
Founder of Speaker Sisterhood
Angela Lussier is an award-winning speaker, three-time author, two-time TEDx presenter, and trainer. She is the founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, a network of speaking clubs that help women find their voice and develop the confidence to lead. Angela is the host of Claim the Stage, a public speaking podcast for women. She is a contributor to Huffington Post and her work has been featured on ABC, NBC, Forbes, Virgin, and Entrepreneur. Her motto: Stop waiting. Start creating. www.speakersisterhood.com
My Story, My Life, My Rules
Every month we give the spotlight to an incredible individual to help share their story and have them share with us a leadership/communication educational lesson.
Founder, Boston Executive Assistants | President, Boston Business Women
Born in Boston, fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. At the age of 15 she became a business owner of a high end fashion boutique. This early taste for working in all aspects of a business sparked her interest in working with high level Executives. Using her great organizational and planning skills she pursued a career as an Executive Assistant. Over the past 10 years she has had the pleasure of working with C- Level Executives in multiple industries including Education, Healthcare, Real Estate, Legal, Finance, Biotechnology & Software Technology. Over the years, as an EA, she has become an entrusted partner to these Executives and has assisted in numerous projects such as multiple company acquisitions, office renovations, business planning & much more. Vanessa is also the President of Boston Business Women.
Vanessa’s passion for helping others coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit inspired both the inception of and founding of her next great endeavor, Boston Executive Assistants, (BEA). BEA is an organization that promotes the collaboration of Executive Assistants in the Greater Boston Area and unites them in a forum where like-minded and determined professionals come together to network and empower each other through shared professional experiences.
My name is Kit and I’m the founder of BostonSpeaks. I’ve started this monthly breakfast series in order to build a community where entrepreneurs, business professionals, workaholics and individuals could come together to get motivated, learn the latest tips and discover new insights. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @kitpangx
Bio: Kit Pang is a Speaker Coach, TEDx, Inbound & Keynote Speaker and the founder of BostonSpeaks. He is on a mission to help individuals fall in love with public speaking. Kit has worked with CEOs, popular authors, celebrities, TEDx speakers and entrepreneurs looking to bring their speaking and presentation skills to the next level. @boston_speaks | www.bostonspeaks.com
SCHEDULE & LOCATION
August 4th, 2017 | 8AM-10AM | Hatch Fenway, 401 Park Drive, 8th Floor Boston, MA 02215
Breakfast, Networking, Chit-Chat
Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements
My Story, My Life, My Rules
Leadership and Communication Educational Session
Closing, Shout-outs, Networking
What To Expect
#BostonSpeaksSeries on Twitter
How Much Does This Event Cost?
Nada. It’s free!
How Long is the Event?
The event will be from 8am-10am. Seating will be first come, first serve. Be sure to arrive early as the room is usually packed. Feel free to leave at anytime.
What Is This Event?
BostonSpeaks invites you to join our monthly panel breakfast series for the entrepreneurial community! Learn, network and get inspired every month as we invite some of the most exciting entrepreneurs and top thought leaders in Boston to discuss tricks-of-the-trade in their fields and the success principles they gained along the way! First Friday, Every Month!
How To Convince My Boss To Let Me Go
- Call in sick! (okay… just kidding but maybe not)
- The BostonSpeaks Series can be a great exposure for your organization. Would your boss (or even you!) like to speak at one of our upcoming events? Try this “Hey there, I just found out about this breakfast series that has the potential to offer valuable exposure for our organization and for you. I think it would be AMAZING if you were able to share your wisdom there. It’s coming up this Friday, I would love to go and see if I can talk to the organizer about featuring you.”
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What Is BostonSpeaks?
BostonSpeaks offers public speaking, presentation and communication training to help you get to the next level.
- Do you want to become a more confident, engaging and inspiring speaker?
- Want to learn how to find speaking engagements and get paid to speak? Learn the business side of speaking.
- Private coaching also available online and in-person.
Interested in Volunteering, Sponsoring or Speaking?
Please send an email to Kit Pang at email@example.com