President

Dr. Shellie Hipsky

Vice President

Cindy Ellek

Bio

Cindy Ellek is the vice president of the Global Sisterhood and the advertising and marketing manager for Inspiring Lives Magazine, a Pittsburgh-based quarterly publication that inspires, empowers, motivates and educates women business owners and women entrepreneurs.

She is a member of the Chatham Center for Women Entrepreneurs, Greater McKees Rocks Rotary, and Pittsburgh Women’s Mastermind and is an 8+ year breast cancer survivor. Cindy is passionate about supporting women entrepreneurs, women going through breast cancer, and women’s organizations. She is a native Pittsburgher who loves golf, the Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates.

Secretary

Cori Nicole Smith Wamsley

Bio

Cori Wamsley, CEO and owner of Cori Wamsley Writing Services, is a writing coach and book editor. She teaches coaches, experts, and those who want to inspire, as well as some fiction authors, how to write and publish their books. Cori is also the executive editor of Inspiring Lives Magazine, as well as a contributor.

When she isn’t helping others tell their stories, she’s creating her own. Cori wrote and self-published six books—in middle grade fantasy, women’s humor, and children’s genres—and enjoys attending author events where she can connect with readers.

For more information, please visit coriwamsley.com.

Cori is also a busy wife and the mother, a member of Pittsburgh Women’s Mastermind, and a board member for Passages and Prose.

Treasurer

Kelly Frost

Member

Alice Beckett-Rumberger

Member

Christie Brown-Tillapaugh

Bio

Christie Tillapaugh is a shareholder and partner at the law firm of Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. in the Business Transaction Services group. She is also the Chair of Talent Management, responsible for initiatives relating to recruitment, retention, and promotion of talent within the law firm. Many of her clients include non-profit organizations and work with boards of directors. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, serving on her firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, co-Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Gender Equality Committee and Executive Council member of the Women in the Law Division. In 2016, she was named one of thirty-five lawyers under the age of 40 in Pennsylvania by The Legal Intelligencer to its Lawyers on the Fast Track. She is the proud mother of three children, two sons and a daughter.

 

Member

Christine Furman

Bio

Christine Furman is the wife to Dan and mother to Aubriella and Alexander. Her family is her whole world, and she cherishes every moment with them. Any free time is spent traveling or enjoying the many events and sights of Pittsburgh.

As well as a loving mother, she is a devoted teacher in the Hopewell Area School District. She has touched the lives of many in the life skills classroom for 5 years and is currently teaching 2nd grade. In addition to teaching, she is the Next Generation Global Sisterhood Coordinator, a Rodan and Fields Skincare Consultant, and the founder of Momspiration1111. She enjoys giving back to others and is always willing to offer a helping hand.

Member

Dr. Michele Langbein

Bio

Dr. Michele Langbein is a full-time, tenured associate professor in the Roland School of Business at Point Park University (Pittsburgh, Pa.). She has her Ph.D. from Robert Morris University (Moon, Pa.) in instructional management and leadership. In addition to professional publications in leadership, she also writes for Thunder Roads of Pennsylvania Magazine, where she publishes articles monthly about her passion for motorcycles. She models for the Thunder Roads Heartbreakers as well as many fashion shows and charity events. She is a mom, an advocate for autism, and a real estate investor that enjoys flipping properties.

Member

Dr. Minister April Avery Torrence

Bio

Dr. April Torrence is the founder and executive director of Zion Education Center at New Light C.E.C. in Sharon, Pa., and has secured over 2 million dollars in funding to provide the local community with the following services:

  • Pre-K Scholarships
  • College internships
  • High quality classrooms
  • After school programming
  • Subsidized child care
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Free meals for local children and youth

Most importantly, Dr. Torrence wholeheartedly surrendered her life to Christian Leadership in 1995 and was nurtured in this Faith by her parents, Deacon Leon Avery, Sr., and the late Alexis R. Avery.

Dr. Torrence’s accomplishments are featured in the award-winning international best-seller Common Threads and the fall 2017 edition of Inspiring Lives Magazine. She enjoys her morning coffee, biblical research, critical thinking, and helping others develop their fullest potential in education, entrepreneurship, and inner empowerment. She is happily married to Deacon Kelvin J. Torrence and is a mother of three.

Member

Kim Adley

Member

Lillie Leonardi

Bio

After 25 years in law enforcement, Lillie Leonardi decided to pursue her lifetime passion for writing.

In 2013, Lillie shared her experience as a responder on 9/11 in her first non-fiction book, In the Shadow of a Badge published by Hay House. With her second release in 2016, Lillie shared her life-long spiritual journey in The White Light of Grace: Reflections on the Life of a Spiritual Intuitive.

Founded in 2015, Lillie created Passages & Prose to support reading, writing, and literacy in the Pittsburgh area. The endeavor culminates annually with Passages & Prose: A Gathering of Authors and Their Books, Pittsburgh’s largest literary event (www.passagesandprose.com).

A regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Heal Your Life digital publications, Lillie was a 2016 honoree at the Women of Achievement Awards.

For more information, visit www.lillieleonardi.com or follow Lillie @GaulFromLebanon on Twitter.

Member

Samantha Barna

Member

Shawna Solomon

Bio

Breaking into the fashion industry in 2010 with an online lingerie site, fashionista, celebrity wardrobe stylist, and Exotic Hush Boutique owner Shawna Solomon followed her dream and opened her first storefront in Pittsburgh in April of 2015. The boutique also offers wardrobe styling, one-on-one fashion consultations, and head-turning clothing and accessories.

Earning the respect of her community and showcasing her love for fashion, she has received honors in 2014 for Best Boutique by the Bella Awards, as well as 2016 Best Stylist Award for Style Week Pittsburgh. Recently her wardrobe was showcased on Iyanla, Fix My Life. Shawna’s diverse empire consists of two brick-and-mortar locations, Hush consultants, two newly published books, and classes for other entrepreneurs. She also offers Boutique Bootcamps and Dress the Part Seminars in various cities to assist others with their goals.
For more information or to book Shawna, call 412.688.9446 or visit exotichushbrand.com.

For more information or to book Shawna, call 412.688.9446 or visit exotichushbrand.com.

Member

Valerie Lerch