From Rosie the Riveter to Rachel Carson, Pittsburgh has long been a place where women’s big ideas and goals take shape. And as the city’s only pre-kindergarten to grade 12 all-girls school, The Ellis School has inspired and nurtured the big dreams of girls and young women for over a century. Ellis graduates travel across time zones and career paths but share the same starting point: Ellis’ Fifth Avenue campus. Now, these Pittsburgh-bred powerhouses are eagerly returning (albeit virtually) to share their experiences and expertise in a new virtual mini-series, Ellis After Fifth Ave.

Attendees will learn how these women use their power to create space for themselves and others while gaining new skills — both strategic and sweet. Ellis After Fifth Ave. is open and free to all.

The Art of Negotiation

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September 17 | 6:30-8 p.m.

Have you been working toward a promotion and want a crash course in how to negotiate for a higher salary? Or perhaps you’re hoping to buy a house and want to boost your counter offer confidence. Join Ellis alumna Divya Krishnan, Class of 2010, for a free virtual webinar to learn how you can strengthen and sharpen your negotiation skills. A senior product marketer by day, Divya also runs the Ask Smart Program and leads negotiation workshops for people of all ages and skill sets, with a focus on women and girls.

Fall Baking Class

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October 22 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Join Ellis alumna Ginger Fisher Baldwin, Class of 2002, for a free virtual baking class on October 22 to learn how to make bakery-worthy cinnamon rolls at home. The head baker and co-founder of Ciao, Gloria in Brooklyn, New York, Ginger is an accomplished pastry chef and is inviting you to join her in the kitchen for one night only. The recipe and ingredient list will be sent to attendees ahead of time so they can bake and learn alongside Ginger.

The Science (Fiction) of Storytelling

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November 19 | 6:30-8 p.m.

Whether you’re working on your first novel, fighting writer’s block, or simply want to start a new hobby, you’re invited to join Andrea Hairston, novelist and playwright, for a free webinar all about the power of creative writing and diverse storytelling on November 19. A 1970 graduate of Ellis, Andrea has published three thrilling sci-fi novels (with her fourth, Master of Poisons, out in Fall 2020) and has received numerous awards and art grants for her creative, imaginative work. During her session, Andrea will give attendees insight into her own writing process, speak about her experiences publishing books and plays, and share how she finds creative inspiration.