Women's Entrepreneurship Day Cleveland | 11.12.18 

Produced and hosted by Prosper for Purpose

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Melissa Khoury

Melissa Khoury has built her culinary career working at sustainable restaurants. She became executive chef at Washington Place Bistro in 2012. While gaining momentum at Washington Place true passion came to fruition in 2013 when Saucisson artisan cure meats and sausage was born. With focus on local, sustainable farms Saucisson strives to provide handmade artisan products. In March of 2017 Saucisson opened a brick and mortar in historic Slavic Village.

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Christie Murdoch

Christie Murdoch is the Founder and CEO of Banyan Tree. Banyan Tree opened as an art space in the re-emerging Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland in 2001. Gradually, the gallery grew its gift items inventory and began specializing in worldwide artisan wares. By 2006, the store expanded and started carrying clothing, a now staple of its three stores and online store. As time went on, Christie began co-designing and developing her own clothing line, Figwood, and the lifestyle boutique flourished.

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Amy Neumann

Amy Neumann is a social good fanatic who has been working professionally to help create positive change for many years. An entrepreneur by nature, Amy recently founded the nonprofit Free Tech for Nonprofits to help small nonprofit organizations do more of their important work faster. She is widely published, including as a contributor to Forbes and a columnist for HuffPost. Amy also publishes under her social enterprise consultancy, Good Plus TTech, as well as her passion project, CharityIdeas.org. 

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Sean Peppard

Sean Peppard is a partner in Benesch’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group. He has significant experience advising financial institutions and other companies participating in the payment systems industry and is actively involved in Benesch’s initiatives surrounding blockchain technology. Sean was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© in the Securities/Capital Markets field. He was also selected to the 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers list.
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Paul Suchy

Paul is the City Host for Global Entrepreneurship Week Cleveland. He helps grow organizations and companies that are compelled to make the world more safe, just, and livable.
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Eliza Wing

Eliza Wing serves as the Chief Communications Officer for Cuyahoga County. She is a communications professional with over 30 years of experience, including time as a reporter, editor, marketing expert and corporate CEO. After reporting and editing roles at Rolling Stone Magazine and New York Woman, Ms. Wing joined Cleveland.com in 1996 as Editor-in-Chief and later served as President and CEO from 1998 to 2010. She is a longtime mediator and is trained in MBSR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She works in both corporate and studio settings, running retreats and teaching workshops and classes. 

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