Where Are They Now? Luncheon
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Cumberland Club, 116 High Street, Portland
Barbara Babkirk, The Boomer Institute™
Pam Laskey, Maine Foodie Tours
Lisa Parker, Cakes for All Seasons
Linda Varrell, Broadreach Public Relations
Come to this special luncheon and hear from four of our previous presenting entrepreneurs. They will share where they are now, what was helpful from their WST presentation, how it changed their business, and their plans for the future.
Barbara Babkirk is a Master Career Counselor and principal at Heart at Work Associates, an innovative career counseling and outplacement firm in Portland. She is committed to strengthening Maine's workforce by guiding individuals to positions that align with their skills and life stage priorities. Her newest initiative, The Boomer Institute™, matches talented and experienced boomers with Maine employers.
Pam Laskey founded Maine Foodie Tours in 2009, which has grown to more than 20 employees today. The company features educational, entertaining, and tasty tours that showcase local, sustainable foods and the rich culinary artistry and entrepreneurial talent in Maine. Pam received the SBA's Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year Award for Maine for 2017.
After studying cake decorating at the French Pastry School in Chicago, in 2014, Lisa Parker launched Cakes for All Seasons, a custom cake studio where she creates cakes, sweets, and other treats for weddings and other special occasions. During the holidays, she turns her licensed kitchen into a gingerbread workshop and bakes and decorates gingerbread bird houses. Since presenting at WST, Lisa has worked to expand the gingerbread portion of the business to include kits for retail sales together with a line of gingersnap cookies.
Linda Varrell is the president and founder of Broadreach Public Relations, a strategic communications firm helping organizations connect with the audiences that matter most. Linda is nationally accredited in public relations and holds a Master’s in organizational leadership. In 2015, she was awarded the Edward Bernays Award for lifetime achievement in public relations and will teach Introduction to Public Relations at the University of Southern Maine starting in September 2017.