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Gisele Barreto Fetterman

Second Lady of Pennsylvania and Access and Equity Advocate

Gisele Barreto Fetterman is the founder of Freestore 15104, where surplus and donated goods are received and redistributed to neighbors in need. The Freestore aims to eradicate food and clothing insecurity and has inspired nine spin off locations and the birth of 412 Food Rescue. Gisele is the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, a community wide effort to end hunger and reduce food waste. 412FR has rescued more than six million pounds of food. She is co-founder of For Good PGH, a nonprofit that works to advocate inclusion and inspire kindness. Its first initiative, Hello Hijab, has received both national and international praise. Gisele was born in Brazil and emigrated as a child to the U.S., living as an undocumented immigrant for more than a decade. Her work has been featured in the TODAY Show, CNN, NPR and more. Gisele is a Forty under 40 honoree, a Tedx speaker, a Jefferson Awards recipient, and a mother of three.

Wednesday, March 4 at 8:30 a.m.

Donna Beegle, Ed.D.

President, Communication Across Barriers

Donna Beegle grew up in generational migrant-labor poverty and left school at age 15 to get married and start a family. At age 25, she found herself with two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable job skills. Within ten short years, she attained her GED and advanced through to a doctoral degree in educational leadership. All these experiences provide Donna with an authentic voice with which to speak, write and train across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty. As president of Communication Across Barriers, a consulting firm dedicated to building poverty-informed communities that are armed with tools to break barriers, she works directly with children and adults currently in poverty, as well as professionals who want to make a difference for those living in poverty.

Thursday, March 5 at 11 a.m.