‘LaunchBox Ladies: From Passion to Profit’ October event announced

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Christa Duelberg-Kraftician is one of three entrepreneurs being interviewed at the October LaunchBox Ladies conversation.  

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Lehigh Valley LaunchBox (LVLB) continues its educational event series focusing on the unique challenges and victories of female entrepreneurs called “LaunchBox Ladies: From Passion to Profit” with a program on Wednesday, Oct. 10. 

Using multiple formats including conversational interviews, videos and events, LaunchBox Ladies will share the stories of women at all stages of their businesses and careers. A $10 donation will be requested at the door. The event is open to students and the public on a limited first-come, first-served basis. Networking and the program are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus. Lunch is included.  

The October event features the following speakers and interviewer:

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Christa Duelberg-Kraftician
Principal, Spillman Farmer Architects

Duelberg-Kraftician came to America from her native Germany and advanced to become Spillman Farmer’s first female associate in the firm's 91-year history. Her leadership within the firm, her daily work on design and planning projects, and her involvement in the community serve to guide and develop young women into professionals.

Kiana Honarmand
Visual Artist

Honarmand is an Iranian artist whose work addresses issues related to her cultural identity, the treatment of women in Iran’s society, censorship, surveillance, and the Western perception of the Middle East. Derived from her interest in different materials and processes, Honarmand’s interdisciplinary practice features the use of digital fabrication tools as well as traditional methods of craft. In 2012, Honarmand moved to the United States to pursue and complete her master of fine arts degree and currently, she lives and works in Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States.

Donna Mugavero
Owner, Sheer Brick Studio

After several years as art director and senior designer for ad agencies, a newspaper, and a corporation, Mugavero began Sheer Brick Studio. Since Sheer's beginning, Mugavero has been intent on two things: working with a diverse group of interesting clients and providing a clear, appropriate and memorable means for the message.

Ann Lalik

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Ann Lalik will serve as the interviewer for LaunchBox Ladies in October.  

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Lalik designs and creates wearable art objects that chronicle her life as a woman in modern society, using precious and nonprecious metals, plastics and found objects. She also serves as gallery director and arts coordinator at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

The event is sponsored in part by the Penn State Lehigh Valley Student Business Society.

To register, visit the LaunchBox Ladies website. For more information on LaunchBox Ladies, email [email protected] or Valerie Peters at [email protected].

Lehigh Valley LaunchBox (LVLB) is an early-stage business accelerator program for entrepreneurs. As a signature program of Invent Penn State, LVLB partners with a network of community and university partners to offer continuing support to small business owners and guides them through every step of their startup journey.

Information regarding the Invent Penn State initiative is available online.