WHIRL Women In Business: Class of 2016

By Andrea Bosco Stehle | Assisted by Aubray Onderik | Photographs by Sarah Collins and Michael Fornataro | Event florals by Mt. Lebanon Floral and greenSinner


Community over competition resounded with female nominees at the third annual WHIRL Women In Business event, held in the Sheffield Ballroom at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh. Weeks prior, the nominations poured in via whirlmagazine.com. The familiar theme? Women supporting other women. From small businesses to corporate companies, our honorees connected over coffee and pastries, growing their networks, building new friendships, and strengthening bonds. A peaceful om chant, led by WHIRL’s Editorial Director Christine Tumpson, Leta Koontz of Schoolhouse Yoga, and Yoga Instructor Kristie Lindblom quieted the group as Tumpson addressed the importance of upholding each other and our city. “With the eyes of the world on Pittsburgh, we have the opportunity to show people how to come together to benefit one another, without competition, gossip, or bad behavior in the name of business,” she said. “As strong women, we have the power to lead with dignity, class, and respect for one another, and to instruct how it can be done.” The spirited gathering was a beautiful success and a true testament to girl power in Pittsburgh. Honor these ladies as we have for their dedication to their careers and accomplishments, and for inspiring and empowering others. Their abilities to connect with open minds and hearts are paving the way for future generations. Here’s to the Class of 2016!


WIB-1WIB-2WIB-3WIB-4WIB-5WIB-6WIB-7WIB-8


Jesse [Trapuzzano] is a young, dedicated, energetic, and successful small business owner, entrepreneur, and community advocate in the McMurray and Washington, Pa., areas. Through hard work, perseverance, and leadership, she is a role model, friend, and an inspiration to all.” — Cydney O’Toole

Lindsey [Smith] is made from her own mold. She’s been working hard to spread the message of self-love and acceptance since she was a young girl. She is generous with her time and talents, has a creative mind, and is one heck of an entrepreneur.” — Amanda Filippelli

Emily [Levenson] and Kate [Stoltzfus] at Propelle embody the very spirit of WHIRL’s Women In Business by inspiring women entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh to take flight and grow their business through networking events, workshops, business coaching, and an online community.” — Erin Szymanski

“With innovative thinking and a new shop attitude, [Lisa Filter] and her business partner are bringing a new way of shopping for a wedding gown to Pittsburgh!” — Mashel Rathmell

Lauren [Norris] is a very enthusiastic, helpful, and successful person who really puts herself out there in the community. Her work ethic is inspiring and her friendly manner is always welcoming.” — Beth Gates

Amanda [Filippelli] is sensitive with clients and always willing to listen to what people need first. She has a natural gift to make people feel special.” — Lindsey Smith

“I feel that [Greta Falvo] is the perfect example of a woman that took an idea from the ground up, thrives by overcoming obstacles, and has an impeccable work ethic. She is empowering, inspiring, and an amazing daughter, aunt, sister, and friend.” — Renee Piatt

Rebecka [Butterworth] is a very driven, successful individual who has created a name for herself in the Pittsburgh area. She is someone who is a free spirit, loves to explore, and her entrepreneurial spirit is certainly contagious.” — Cassandra Hough

Kelli [Komondor] has been an amazing resource for everyone she comes into contact with. She is always looking for ways to connect people with each other and does so out of the pure goodness of her heart.” — Beth Gates

Michelle [Lucas] is the true definition of a hard worker. Anyone that would look into the steps she has taken to get her business off the ground running, and her impeccable work ethic, would be so inspired and empowered to follow their own dreams.” — Renee Piatt

Lauren [Work Phillips] began building her business through wedding clientele before she opened a beautiful storefront in the North Side in 2015. The growth that her business has seen is mind-blowing, and she’s done it all with a huge smile, open heart, and strong sense of integrity.” — Erin Szymanski

[Renee Piatt] is a talented, smart, creative, and kind businesswoman in the Pittsburgh community. She believes in encouraging and supporting other women-owned, small, local businesses, and is all about ‘girl power!’” — Greta Falvo

Beth [Gates] has the skills and the heart to be a true advocate for women of all ages, in all industries.” — Kelli Komondor

“At the age of 25, [Cassandra Hough] is the owner of three successful local businesses, including Hough’s Taproom & Brewpub, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, and Buzz Worthy Pub Trivia. As a strong and independent woman, at such a young age, I guarantee you can plan to see many more years of contribution from Cassie to the Pittsburgh business scene.” — Rebecka Butterworth

[Mashel Rathmell] is an outstanding business leader because she consistently gives her time and energy to other professional women business owners to help encourage and improve their business. Her heart is both giving and loving, and she deeply cares
for others.” — Lisa Filter


Kyshira Moffett, Ama Baltimore, Lola Sims

Kyshira Moffett, Ama Baltimore, Lola Sims

Alyssa Bove, Kelly Williamson, Tara Krach, Dallas Sauers, Caitlyn Rastetter

Alyssa Bove, Kelly Williamson, Tara Krach, Dallas Sauers, Caitlyn Rastetter

Shari Curcio, Taryn Johnson, Toni Johns, Mary Lee Gannon

Shari Curcio, Taryn Johnson, Toni Johns, Mary Lee Gannon

Shallyn Rold, Jennifer Blair, Gina Vensel

Shallyn Rold, Jennifer Blair, Gina Vensel

Ella Antimarino, Amy Bass, Tori Mistick, Niki Whittle

Ella Antimarino, Amy Bass, Tori Mistick, Niki Whittle

Dana Galiffa, Anni Keffer, Lindsay Hollinger, Melissa Crawford

Dana Galiffa, Anni Keffer, Lindsay Hollinger, Melissa Crawford

Lydia Blank, Cheri Croney

Lydia Blank, Cheri Croney

Eleanor B. Reigel, Kristie Lindblom, Leta Koontz, Marla Werner

Eleanor B. Reigel, Kristie Lindblom, Leta Koontz, Marla Werner

Julie Buck, Annie Federoff, Sommer DeRose, Rachel Bekelja

Julie Buck, Annie Federoff, Sommer DeRose, Rachel Bekelja

Racquelle Rockwell, Alisa Fava Fasnacht, Jennifer Markus, Alex Lancianese

Racquelle Rockwell, Alisa Fava Fasnacht, Jennifer Markus, Alex Lancianese

Previous post

UPMC Physicians Lead the Way in Breast Cancer Care

Next post

The Mother-Son Bond of Wiz Khalifa and His Mom, "Peachie"