“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie
Kate started her career as a buyer for Wakefern Food Corp. in North Central Jersey, where she not only battled Jersey traffic and mainlined Dunkin Donuts coffee daily, but also developed her love for business. She then moved on to data analytics at L’Oreal Paris where she discovered her passion for using statistics and loyalty card numbers to predict buyer behavior. (take THAT Mrs. Gannon, 4th grade math teacher who told her she “would never understand numbers”) From there, Kate moved into a sales role for her dream company, Red Bull, where she gets to tap into her entrepreneurial spirit and love of adventure. She currently lives on planes, but when she has time, she checks in on her husband, step-daughter and blind Boston Terrier, all of whom make her laugh daily.
Ellen is the most seasoned of the Go Jane Go crew. She has traveled a good bit in her personal and professional life. It all started when she was 5 and her parents took her to Guatemala to visit their friends. Despite losing her raggedy-ann doll and getting a zillion mosquito bites, she understood even then that travel meant both adventure and hassle.
Emma is a freelance lifestyle and tech writer in Pittsburgh. Her work has been featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, NEXTPittsburgh, and XOJane. She doesn’t fly without a facial moisturizer on hand, which she’ll copiously apply midflight.
Amanda Averell is a comedian from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t traveling the US performing stand-up, improv, & sketch comedy you can find her at Arcade Comedy Theater where she works as House Manager & Intern Manager as well as Producer & Talent Liaison for “Beta Stage”. Additionally, Amanda works as a Marketing Consultant & Liaison for the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, coaches improv, teaches improv and comedy writing workshops, produces independent stand up and improv shows. Outside of the world of comedy she has spent the last decade in the medical field and is an Optician.
Andrea Wetherald is an entrepreneur, improviser and foster mom in Pittsburgh, PA. Andrea is the owner of Improvising the Office which offers soft skills training, team building and leadership coaching for businesses. She is also pioneering the space of mindful improv by combining the core skills of improv with mindfulness practices. When she’s not working, she can usually be found baking, hot gluing or writing puppet sketches for her church.
Former musical theatre actress and Hackbright Academy graduate, Chloe is now a Developer Evangelist at Sentry. Pre-Hackbright, she spent her nights and weekends performing in the Bay Area as a singer/actress and worked in tech by day. To support her theatre career, she started to learn to code on her own through online resources. Perhaps the only engineer you’ll meet who has been in “Hairspray”, “Xanadu”, and “Jerry Springer: the Opera”- she is passionate about bringing people with non-traditional backgrounds into the world of tech. If you’re trying to place her face, yes- she’s the young woman giving the awkward thumbs up in the “What It’s Like to be a Woman at a Tech Conference” article (which she also wrote). A quick Google search of her will provide you with getting started with Docker videos, theatre reviews, tech blogs, and videos of her singing- enjoy!
Tina Tuminella, a Pittsburgh native, is raising two kiddos while taking far too many Facebook breaks. Her heroes are Julia Child, Jackie O and Prince. Friends would describe her favorite activities as eating, talking, writing, singing and sending snail mail. She struggles with basic math, staying at home all day (NOT a homebody) and remembering anything without writing it down. Her 20s were spent in Massachusetts–in grad school, waiting tables, teaching and temping; her 30s were spent fishing for a career and a husband in Pittsburgh (luckily caught both) and her 40s will be spent parenting, writing, doing laundry, and picking things up off the floor. Her husband David, her son Theo (6) and daughter Nica (3) are the proverbial lights in her life. Tina served as the Awesome Ambassador for the nonprofit
Bridget Fitzgerald is an actress, model, and comedienne known as SmileyBridge to a quarter million viewers of her web series, SmileyBridgeTV. She’s the lead and creator of a sitcom pilot sold on Time Warner and the lead of a romantic drama pilot for Lifetime Television. She’s in several upcoming films including comedy “Reality Queen” with Denise Richards and Mike Tyson as well as sci fi comedy adventure “Snatchers”. She’s been a comic for National Lampoon, a featured comic on Vid.Me, and her jokes are in board game “That’s What She Said” sold in Target. Modeling clients include Olay, IBM, and Fiat. Her favorite travel bag is a sleek black Burberry her mom got her for modeling trips that is just the right size. Happy trails!
Bob hopes that 40 years in journalism and a profound respect for the language mitigates his utter and permanent lack of experience as a Female Business Traveler.
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