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Women+ in Green Breakfast

June 11 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am


Generations of Women+ in Green: Steadfast and Strong

This Year’s Theme 

For the Women+ in Green community, the words “Steadfast and Strong” capture how women and transgender people have adapted and endured in an unthinkable year. In the U.S., women’s workforce participation is at a 33-year low, and women+ of color feel these impacts more acutely. Serious economic, health, social, and environmental challenges await us as we look to the road ahead. They are challenges that make Women+ in Green more important than ever, as our families and communities once again look to us for the answers. 

These challenges also reinforce GBA’s vision that every building and every community will be sustainable so that every person can thrive – and we know that environmental, human, and economic health depend on that vision becoming reality. Rebuilding our economy and creating a future where all can thrive will require different perspectives, new ideas, and the courage to challenge what we think we know. In order to overcome the challenges ahead, we need all generations to unite for a brighter future. 

Each generation of women and transgender people brings its own wisdom and perspective, and this is uniquely true for those of us who focus on sustainability and the intersections of climate, equity, health, and economy. Each generation has something valuable to share, and we all seek opportunities to learn from others. In our panel discussion, we’ll ask our guests to share their tools for remaining steadfast in their work, strengthening and supporting others, and solutions for healing people and the environment. 

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This Year’s Event Experience 

Our goal is always to feed your heart and soul at the Women+ in Green breakfast, and this year is no different. This year’s breakfast will be hosted online on the Gather.Town app, which will simulate an in-person event experience. Picture all the things you might do at an in-person Women+ in Green breakfast – stop to chat with a friend, visit a sponsor or partner table to learn more, join the crowd for the keynote address and panel discussion – these are all things you can do on Gather.Town!  

Additionally, we’re planning a special in-person pick-up for guests prior to the event which will include a printed program, gift card for fresh local treats on the morning of the event, and your own flower crown kit or boutonniere kit.  (we can’t immerse you in nature at this year’s breakfast, but we can, so why not bring a little of it to our screens where everyone can enjoy it together). 


Keynote Speaker: Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile

A groundbreaking international award-winner, Katlego K Kolanyane-Kesupile has imprints in human rights, education and performing arts. With global experience as a development practitioner, her approach to inclusion and diversification is informed by decoloniality, Feminism, and Disability theory in practice. She has travelled the world crusading as an ARTivist and development practitioner – operating with corporates, educational institutions and producing stimulating creative work. Having started in performing arts and sports at a young age, discipline and resilience have served as guiding principles on Katlego’s professional journey. It is no wonder that she has not only held audience with heads of state, mediated refugee outreach, and consulted on organisational management, but she has also managed lifestyle brands, profiled music legends, and delivered numerous motivational speeches. Inclusion and appreciation of diversity as mechanisms for holistic growth and change drive her technical approach.  She is as comfortable educating in a boardroom as much as in a studio, or under a tree. An infectiously bright personality, Katlego is adept at generating thought provoking conversation and building inclusive spaces for communal learning. She is passtionate as a vocal advocate for human rights and equality for LGBT+ people globally as Botswana’s first openly trans-identifying public figure.

Read her thoughts on climate change and feminism here: Teen Vogue

Watch her gorgeous TED Talk


Dr. Shannah Tharp Gilliam

Dr. Shannah Tharp Gilliam is the director of research and evaluation at the Homewood Children’s Village. As a researcher, program evaluator, non-profit executive, program developer and community advocate, Tharp-Gilliam has nearly 17 years of interdisciplinary and collaborative experience spanning the continuum of the innovation process for rigorous research, effective programs, impactful policymaking and systemic problem-solving.  Her passion is synthesizing ideas into cohesive strategies that support equity and justice through equipping and connecting residents for action and advocacy.


Laleh Gharanjik, LFA, LEED AP BD+C

Laleh is a project manager and estimator at Jendoco Construction Corporation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management from Carnegie Mellon University and has worked on several green building projects pursuing various green building rating systems such as LEED, LBC, WELL, etc. She is passionate about sustainable and regenerative design and construction and has been responsible for technology management and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for several high tech projects. She is the Education Co-Chair at Green Building Alliance Emerging Professionals Committee.


Linda Wigington

Linda Wigington is the founder of the Affordable Comfort Conference (now known as the Home Performance Conference) and has been associated with it since its inception in 1986. She served as director, deep energy reduction initiatives until May 2013.  Linda has been a technical consultant for residential utility programs throughout the country. She has served as an advisor for Habitat for Humanity International’s Green Team, the Editorial Board of Home Energy magazine, board of directors for the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions. Linda currently serves on the board of directors for Cornerstone Care, Inc., a community health center serving four counties in SW PA. She received the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2002 Champion of Energy Efficiency Award.


Sage Pence

Sage Pence (she/her) is an intersectional justice activist, AmeriCorp VISTA alum, & aspiring law student.  Early immersion into the forests and farms of the Midwest secured Sage’s devotion to environmental stewardship. Those convictions breathed a fierce passion for the intersection of sustainability and equitable justice, leading her to study Political and Environmental Science in undergrad. While there, she established a free store for gently used items as the environmental club President, and received Wittenberg University’s 2017 Lou Loux Sustainability Award. Upon graduation, Sage worked as an AmeriCorp VISTA for Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, regenerating neglected agricultural ecosystems to mitigate urban food deserts. Pittsburgh became home in 2019 when Sage’s passion for sustainability and intersectional justice led her to begin working in immigration law.


Leda Perdriel-Arons

Leda Perdriel-Arons is a rising sophomore majoring in environmental studies at McGill University. She is honored to be a part of the Women+ in Green Breakfast and is excited to hear the diverse perspectives of the other panelists. Leda was a member of the Green Building Alliance’s Environmental Youth Program and hopes to pursue a career dedicated to environmental justice. She would like to thank her family and friends for their unending support.



Purchase Your Tickets 

As in past years, we have multiple ticket options. Single tickets are $40 per person. If you would like to donate a ticket to another participant, you are welcomed to can add an extra donation. If you would like to sign up a group for this event, please inquire with Elisabeth Udyawar about group rates at elisabeth@gbapgh.org 

Your ticket purchase supports GBA’s continued work to ensure that every building and every community is sustainable so that every person can thrive. Thank you! 

Scholarships are available, so please complete the form below if you are in need of a scholarship.  

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Thank you to our event partners!


Women+ in Design Pittsburgh




Black Urban Gardeners & Farmers of Pittsburgh






June 11
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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