Save the date for Wilkes-Barre Connect Spotlight Series!
Featuring Zubeen Saeed, President and CEO of Building Blocks Learning Center, September’s Women’s Network SPOTLIGHT centers around the theme of Women in Workforce. Join us as we highlight some of our area’s incredible female entrepreneurs and leaders who not only show up every day ready to contribute to their organizations and communities, but also serve as positive examples for women all across the Valley, proving just how capable and valuable women are to our workforce.
Zubeen Saeed serves as the President and CEO of Building Blocks Learning Center. She founded the company in 2001 on the principle that children should be valued and respected at all times. Zubeen earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management along with a Masters in Organizational Leadership. Her vision is to establish a global educational network that supports the academic and emotional development of young children. Zubeen looks forward to what the future will bring for Building Blocks Learning Center and what BLBC will mean to the future of the children they teach. Dr. Christine Keisinger is the Founder and Lead Facilitator of CEK Communication. After a 30-year history in academia as a professor of communication studies, Dr. Kiesinger departed to create a more integrative approach to her work. As the Founder of CEK Communication, Christine regularly creates and facilitates professional development trainings in the areas of leadership, team dynamics, workplace cultures that thrive, relational health, conflict resolution, stress, and trauma. Known for her dynamic presentational style, Christine’s trainings are solidly grounded in the most innovative approaches to her subject matter. Most recently, amid the pandemic, requests for Christine’s expertise in the areas of trauma sensitivity and competency hit an all-time high—especially for those in the caring professions. Hallmark to her work in this area is Christine’s emphasis on the communicative, relational, and somatic nature of trauma and trauma recovery. In addition to her life-long vocation as a teacher, Christine is a published author, retreat leader, guest blogger, podcast guest, and interviewer. She most recently co-authored the book, “Narrating Midlife: Crisis, Transition, and Transformation.”
Laura Ducceschi is the President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation (SAF). In her role, she administers over 200 charitable funds and two separate private foundations, and helps guide the philanthropic initiatives of those in our community. In addition, she oversees grant funding, which through the years has provided over $18 million to support educational, human service, environmental, health, civic, arts & cultural organizations, and to improve the quality of life in our region. Laura has spearheaded many regional initiatives aimed at catalyzing change. These include The Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence; NEPA Moves; Women in Philanthropy (WIP); and The NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative, all to benefit the surrounding communities. Other initiatives she has led at the Foundation include establishing the Medallion Partnership Program at the Foundation, and the NEPA COVID-19 Fund. Laura has an MBA in Organizational Management from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business; an MA in Communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; and BA in Communication from the University of Scranton, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) and a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She has a Certificate in Change Management from Cornell University, and a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.
Tracey Selingo is the Founder and Chair of Fork Over Love, a socially innovative 501(c)(3) devoted to changing the narrative on food insecurity by engaging struggling restaurants to cook for neighbors in need. Tracey's life mission is to help people move the world they usually carry on their shoulders under their feet. She's spent 30 years assisting businesses to build bridges between the hearts of
their brand and the soul of their customers. In addition, she's spent 11 years guiding women to embrace their divinity and elevate their life. She draws on a deep understanding of intuitive intelligence to see life from angles that inspire creativity, growth, compassion, courage, acceptance, belonging, wholeness, and love. Tracey holds a MA in Advertising from SI Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University and a BA in Communication from the University of Scranton. She is a certified Usui Reiki Master, Earth Medicine School shaman practitioner, and Open Heart Project meditation instructor. She is the proud mother of two young men and lives in Shavertown, PA, with her husband, Dave, and their dog, Tuck.
The Spotlight program features quarterly events that provide an opportunity for industry leaders and entrepreneurs in NEPA to meet, discuss and identify potential partnerships. Each event features a fifteen-minute presentation from an entrepreneur with regional ties, as well as video spotlights featuring local entrepreneurs, students, and non-profits.
Spotlight is a Wilkes-Barre Connect program coordinated by the Diamond City Partnership and sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre, through the Invent Penn State initiative.
About Wilkes-Barre Connect:
The Wilkes-Barre Connect program helps businesses grow in NEPA. Powered by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, Connect features partnerships among the Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University, the Diamond City Partnership, the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development at Wilkes University, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University, and the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University. Wilkes-Barre Connect is housed in Wilkes-Barre?s T.H.I.N.K Center, a space made possible by the Invent Penn State initiative.
For more information about the Wilkes-Barre Connect Program please visit http://www.wilkesbarreconnect.org/