Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa who makes people feel welcome and loved and exceptionally well-fed.
What three words best describe you?
Enthusiastic, curious, engaged
What’s your top piece of advice to women starting out in the workforce?
Pay close attention to what you love, seek to understand what you are called to do with your one precious life.
What’s the biggest challenge to maintaining work-life balance?
Work and ubiquitous technology
What businesswoman would you most like to have breakfast or lunch with, and why?
Lisa Schroeder at The Pittsburgh Foundation to understand her vision for a more just Pittsburgh.
What past challenge has most shaped your current thinking?
The recession of 2008 and its effect on nonprofits’ ability to achieve their missions.
Describe an ideal day off.
Nice, France. Going to the market, buying herbes de Provence to take to cooking school where you make delectable chicken and lemon souffles before going to the Chagall Museum to hear music.
Education: B.A., government and drama, University of Texas
First job: Supernumerary for Dallas Opera, non-singing set dressing in Suor Angelica and Medea
Family: Husband, Paul Outon; son, Ross; daughter, Katie
Hobbies: Taking cooking classes while traveling (13 countries so far), constant reading, mostly fiction
Community involvement: Serves on 34 boards, eight as president, including August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Global Pittsburgh, Community House Presbyterian Church