First Class of Women Entrepreneurs Graduate from the Rev Passenger to Pilot Program

First Class of Women Entrepreneurs Graduate from the Rev Passenger to Pilot Program

The Rev Passenger to Pilot program aims to create a supportive network of entrepreneurial women around Ithaca, NY through mentorship, regular meetings, and workshops. The graduation event for the first class of women was held at Coltivare in mid-May 2016.

The event started with a keynote from Mary Opperman, the Vice President of Human Resources at Cornell University, followed by a speech from Robert Case, the Vice President of Business Development at Passenger to Pilot’s sponsor, M&T Bank. In addition to sponsorship, the Small Business Administration awarded Passenger to Pilot $50,000 last year, recognizing its potential to create a motivating and successful network of women founders.

Mary Opperman, Vice President of Human Resources at Cornell University

Mary Opperman, Vice President of Human Resources at Cornell University

 

After the guest speakers, many of the graduating women stood onstage to thank Ariana Blossom, the program’s leader, as well as their mentors and peers. The women proudly reported their best financial years yet, growth in their companies, and a new confidence going forward. They all want to continue with the program’s structure even though their official participation is now over.

The 2016 Passenger to Pilot graduates are:

Shirley Brown, Inspired Futures Coaching

Erica Marx, Listening Life

Chelsey Kingsley, Kingsley Quality Woodworking

Elisa Miller-Out, Singlebrook

Emily Russell, The Frame Shop

Amy Zarbock, Ithaca To Go

Tal Cohen, Ba-Li Cravings

Yvette Lucente Burggren & Charisse Lucente Koba, Miel Beauty Bar

Megan Pugh, Think Topography

Caroline Rasmussen, Agricultural Modeling and Training Systems

Kelly White, Illume Projects

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Amy Zarbock, Founder of Ithaca To Go

 

Charisse Lucente Koba and Yvette Lucente Burggren, Co-Founders of Miel Beauty Bar

Charisse Lucente Koba and Yvette Lucente Burggren, Co-Founders of Miel Beauty Bar

 

Chelsey Kingsley, Founder of Kingsley Woodworking

Chelsey Kingsley, Founder of Kingsley Quality Woodworking

 

Kelly White, Co-Founder of Illume Projects

Kelly White, Co-Founder of Illume Projects

 

Tal Cohen, Founder of Ba-Li Cravings

Tal Cohen, Founder of Ba-Li Cravings

 

Caroline Rasmussen, CFO of Agricultural Modeling & Training Systems

Caroline Rasmussen, CFO of Agricultural Modeling and Training Systems

 

Thank you to program lead Ariana Blossom; the mentors; all of our participants; their families and supporters; Rev and the local entrepreneurial community; and more! We are eager to start the next year of the Passenger to Pilot program. Stay tuned for updates!

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Kristi