The July Women in Business Luncheon features a panel discussion with:
Heather Whaling, Founder and President, Geben Communication
Jessica Kittrell, Owner, 101 Beer Kitchen
Heather Whaling (@prTini) is founder/president of Geben Communication. In 2016, she was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Ohio Valley Region (OH, KY, IN).
After launching the company from her dining room in 2009, Heather’s fresh approach to best practices has helped Geben evolve into a highly respected, sought-after, award-winning PR firm. Geben was named the national media relations agency of the year (Ragan/PR Daily) and a top 10 agency for startups (Agency Post). Included on Columbus BusinessFirst's "Best Places to Work" list in 2015, Geben is also the top boutique agency in Columbus, according to Columbus CEO.
A board member of The Women's Fund of Central Ohio, Heather is a vocal advocate for issues impacting women and girls. Her perspective on paid family leave has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur.com and a variety of local and national media outlets. One of Columbus Business First's Forty Under 40, Heather serves on the board of The Gladden House.
Heather graduated from The University of Toledo.
Born and raised in Toledo, OH Jess is the oldest of 5 kids. Dubbed “The Bulldozer” by her parents due to her fiercely independent & determined ways Jess began working at the age of 13.
After graduating from St. Ursula Academy high school she moved to Columbus & attended The Ohio State University focusing her studies on business & finance. After graduating she pursued her career in finance working as an underwriter for banks & later running Abercrombie & Fitch's capital budget. Although she enjoyed her finance career, she & her husband Thad, knew one day their offsetting skill sets & passion for food, beverage & hospitality would lead them to their own restaurant.
When the time was right in October 2012 they made their move, opened their first restaurant 101 Beer Kitchen in Dublin & never looked back. Today she runs the office & non-operational components of their restaurant group. She strives to run as efficiently as possible having key people to share the load giving her the flexibility to enjoy her 4 children who are 3, 5, 8, and 10 years old.
Monetary donations are their biggest need right now. They will be accepted at the event. Checks should be made out to Children's Hunger Alliance. $1 can provide 3 healthy meals!
If a hungry child asked you for a meal, what would you do? Watch this public service announcement from Emmy Award-winning journalist John Quiñones. http://bit.ly/HungerPSA
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