Executive Director, Center for Women's Entrepreneurship
BioRebecca Harris became Director in 2009, and she has applied her entrepreneurial skills to change the face of CWE. Under her leadership CWE has designed and introduced a number of new programs, including the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series, CWE Membership, and CWE MyBoard, a program that provides growth-stage women business owners with an experienced mentoring board of professionals with a combination of in-person and virtual meetings through an online platform. Additionally, Harris has grown staple CWE programs such as the Think Big Forum for Women, which has tripled in both size and corporate support.
Harris is as passionate about community involvement as she is about entrepreneurship. In the past several years she has been an active member of the Host Committee of the Annual Greater Pittsburgh Athena Award Program and the Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s Financial Sustainability Vision Team. She is on Mayor Bill Peduto’s Transition Economic Development Committee, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh Loan Review board, the STANDING FIRM advisory council, the Community Day School Leadership Committee, is a member of 74% Kitchen Cabinet at Robert Morris University Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management and the PowerUp Pittsburgh Working Group, which was created to ensure community resources are distributed properly to all areas of the city. She is also a frequent speaker at entrepreneurship conferences, workshops, and seminars. She has received marketing awards from Women in Communications and the American Marketing Association, and was selected as the 2010-2011 Member of the Year for the National Association of Women Business Owners of Greater Pittsburgh (NAWBO). She was named a winner of Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2012 Women in Business Awards and was selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2012 Western Pennsylvania and Region III Women in Business Champion of the Year.