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WORK // SHOP 2024

Join us for our second Sisterly Love Collective Work // Shop, inspiring the intersection between food, business and life.

Tuesday, July 23 · 10:30am - 6pm
Lilah, 1601 North Front Street Philadelphia, PA 19122


Sisterly Love Collective Members attend for $35.
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Panels include cookbook publishing, creating positive work culture, creating your own personal brand, negotiating a deal, and advocacy. Topics are relevant for anyone interested in opening their own business, building leadership skills and improving their access to networks and other informative topics.



WELCOME: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Arrival, registration and mingling before the day begins.
Coffee and pastries by Bloomsday Cafe and Green Engine Coffee.


MORNING SESSIONS: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

So You Want To Write A Cookbook? 

Whether you’ve dreamt of writing a cookbook or considering whether to extend your personal or business brand, cookbooks are a unique business in themselves.  Learn from experts what makes a successful book, how to become published, and how to ensure put together a successful team.

Moderated by Regan Fletcher Stephens, a Philadelphia–based journalist with 10 years of experience writing about food, drinks, travel, and culture. Panelists include:  Carrie Bachman, Carrie Bachman Public Relations; Peggy Paul Casella, author and recipe developer/tester; Joy Manning, author and editor; Lexy Bloom, senior editor at Penguin Random House Books.

Creating Work Culture

Like many in the service industry, hospitality businesses depend on  human capital to differentiate themselves from other competitors.  Creating a positive productive work environment is a critical part of our overall strategy.  Learn what it takes from human resource experts, recruitment specialists, training experts on how to create a positive work environment from attracting the right candidates to offering benefits and other ways to retain team members. 

Moderator: Caralyn Spector, principal advisor for Philly Leadership Lab, senior managing associate for The ROZ Group, and co-founder of Spector Gay Consulting, with 30+ years in the corporate and nonprofit sectors for the arts, government, philanthropy, academia, and community development. Panelists include: Betsy Spivak, Betsy Spivak Insurance Services; Caroline Conrad, High Street Hospitality Group, Jessica Carnam, Empowered Hospitality; Alice Cheng, CEO, Culinary Agents.


LUNCH: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch by Pizza Freak, Pinweel Provisions, and La Ingrata



Negotiating the Deal

At some point in our career, we are responsible for negotiating a deal especially when it comes to financing or partnerships with landlords or other collaborators.  Hear from experts who can help guide how to tell your story and making sure you receive your fair share of the deal.

Moderated by Anjali Gupta of Pinwheel Provisions and former leadership and negotiations trainer for Harvard Business Journal. Panelists include funders and recently funded companies: Ellen Weber, Robin Hood Ventures; Sarela Herrada, SIMPLi pantry supplies; Jenny Goodman, Tilit; Ellen Rosenberg, Santander Cultivate Small Businesses.

Building Your Personal Brand

Building a strong personal brand is crucial for establishing your professional identity, showcasing your expertise, and standing out in your industry. 

Moderated by Cheldin Barlatt Rumer, CEO and Executive Producer of This is It. Panelists include: Chef Jennifer Carroll, Eat CCC; Alexandra Stafford, author and digital content producer, AlexandraCooks; Brittnee Smith, CEO of Brittnee Smith Creative Company; and Drew Davis, founder of Gem Life + Bar 


COFFEE BREAK: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM 

Snacks by Milk Jawn and Minoryacoffee



We're All Advocates

Over the pandemic, restaurants proved that they are vital to the economy,   Restaurant owners became suddenly visible, by and large to the advocacy efforts of leaders in our industry.  How can you be part of the discussion to ensure that what matters to our industry is heard.

Featuring Katherine Miller, author of At the Table, A Chef's Guide to Advocacy; the Honorable Mayor Michael Nutter, Michael A. Nutter Advisors LLC;  Lauren Brinjac, Legislative Affairs, Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association; Tyler Akin, Founder, Form+Funtion Hospitality and Founding Board Member, Independent Restaurant Coalition.  

This session is open to the entire industry.

BREAK OUT GROUPS: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 

Sessions include: Paid Leave/Parental Leave // Credit card fees // Streetery/City Issues // Farm Bill // Minimum Wage



Snacks by Third Wheel Cheese

Headshots offered by Kristen White Photography