Patrick’s previous experience includes strategy and sales roles with Dorland Data Networks and American Lawyer Media, where he was part of the team that launched the online marketplace and content portal, now He has also been an Associate Professor of Marketing at Point Park University. He, along with CTO Chris Hayes, won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2010. Patrick is a graduate of Muskingum University, with double majors in Business and Philosophy.




AnneLopez_960x960Anne Lopez is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. As a creative professional, Anne has contributed to the Pittsburgh community by teaching the region’s undergrads, creating public art for the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and providing creative direction to some of Pittsburgh’s finest corporations and non-profits.

As the CEO of Romeo Delivers,  her mission is to provide a simple and creative way to maintain and strengthen the connections we share with all of the important people in our lives. “Whether you just want to remember a cousin’s birthday, or you want to do something truly special on your wedding anniversary, we can help. The important thing is that we make it as easy as possible for you to make a big impact on the people you love and care about, and our entire catalog is filled with fun ways to do just that.” The way she sees it, she is helping to built a community of problem-solvers seeking to support the Pittsburgh region by creating jobs and contributing to the culture of innovation that is part of the city’s heritage.

Dennis Yablonsky of the Allegheny Conference

Dennis Yablonsky of the Allegheny Conference

Dennis Yablonsky, our commentator for the event, began his career as a programmer with a software startup in Cincinnati, going on to becoming the firm’s COO by age 32. He returned to his native Pittsburgh in 1987 to transform artificial intelligence software developer Carnegie Group from unprofitability into a $32 million publicly traded company.

He was tapped to run the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse, a consortium that funded 35 research projects around electronics design. Dennis simultaneously served as founding CEO of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, which helps bring innovations in biotechnology and healthcare IT from concept to commercialization. He served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for six years, gaining a reputation as an out-of-the-box thinker who never stopped learning.

Dennis returned to Pittsburgh in 2009 to lead the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, of which is an initiative. is a virtual concierge for people looking to advance their careers in the 10-county region. Its job search engine is a one-stop shop, updated nightly from 900+ sources including corporate websites and such job boards as Monster, Career Builder and LinkedIn. There are more than 20,000 jobs available in the region today.


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