The Wilkes-Barre Connect Spotlight series will hold first event of 2020 on February 26th from 5-7 PM! Cassandra Coleman, Executive Director for America250PA is our featured speaker for the night. Our video spotlights are Kevin Jones, CEO and Head Creative at VizVibe LLC; Cynthia Pritchard, Pennsylvania Daughters of the American Revolution America250 State Chairman; and Denis Kennedy, Marketing Major at King's College and American250PA Direct Effect Innovation Challenge participant.
About Cassandra Coleman: The Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial (America250PA) selected Cassandra Coleman as Executive Director for the America250PA initiative.
Cassandra I. Coleman most recently served as Special Advisor to the Office of Governor Tom Wolf, and previously served as Director of Governor Wolf's Northeast & Central offices. In this role, she was responsible for intergovernmental and constituency services on behalf of the Governor in the following 28 counties: Adams, Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York. Ms. Coleman previously served as Finance Director and Deputy Campaign Manager, respectively, for the Tom Wolf for Governor campaign from 2013-2015. She has also served as Deputy Finance Director for United States Senator Bob Casey from 2010-2013.
Ms. Coleman was one of the youngest female mayors in the history of the United States. She was featured in Oprah Magazine in a segment titled "Women Who Defy Age." Cassandra was also featured in a national NBC segment called "The Smart Woman". The Times Leader Media Group honored Cassandra twice for her accomplishments; in 2008 as a Top 40 under 40 recipient and named her in 2019 as one of 14 Distinctive Women. Also in 2019 she was honored to be chosen one of Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal?s Top 25 Women in Business.
About the Program: The Spotlight program features quarterly events that provide an opportunity for industry leaders and entrepreneurs in NEPA to meet, discuss and identify potential partnerships. Each event features a fifteen-minute presentation from an entrepreneur with regional ties, as well as video spotlights featuring local entrepreneurs, students, and non-profits.
Spotlight is a Wilkes-Barre Connect program coordinated by the Diamond City Partnership and sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre, through the Invent Penn State initiative.
About Wilkes-Barre Connect: The Wilkes-Barre Connect program helps businesses grow in NEPA. Powered by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, Connect features partnerships among the Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University, the Diamond City Partnership, the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development at Wilkes University, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University, and the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University. Wilkes-Barre Connect is housed in Wilkes-Barre?s T.H.I.N.K Center, a space made possible by the Invent Penn State initiative.
For more information about the Wilkes-Barre Connect Program please visit http://www.wilkesbarreconnect.org/