March - Executive Success Stories:  Women at the Top A panel discussion with four local female CEO’s

“Executive Success Stories: Women at the Top
A panel discussion with four local female CEO’s”

DATE: Wed., March 11, 2020


Jepson Alumni Center
University of Richmond
442 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173

Food:  Hors d’Oeuvres and cash bar


5:30 – 6:30 pm            Sips, Nibbles, Networking & Shopping

6:30 – 7:30pm             Panel Discussion – Executive Success Stories: Women at the Top


Member Early Bird (through February 19th)               $25.00

Non-Member Early Bird (through February 19th)      $35.00

Member Regular (through March 4th) *extended to March 11!                 $30.00

Non-Member Regular (through March 4th) *extended to March 11!       $40.00


Registration ends: March 4 *extended to March 11!

Join the River City Express Network (RCEN) chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) for a lively evening event!  We will kick off at 5:30 pm with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, networking and shopping at vendor booths for jewelry and other goodies.  At 6:30 pm we will gather for a panel discussion with Brianna Schwartz, CEO of Yenta + Posha shoes; Beth Matish, CEO of Retreat Hospital; Suzanne Wolstenholme, CEO of Homemades by Suzanne; and Linda Tissiere, CEO of YWCA Richmond, to learn about their journeys to the top of their field and insights picked up along the way.

Panel Bios:

Brianna Schwartz

Founder and CEO of Yenta + Posha, Brianna Schwartz had been a corporate meeting planner for 10 years.  Setting up tradeshows throughout the US and planning international incentive programs for large groups always led to the same conversation with so many women across the industry – why is it difficult to find shoes that can be comfortable for multiple days on your feet and could also be dressed up and down?  This passion became a hobby and this hobby grew into a company: Yenta + Posha – A Modern Sole, whose goal is to provide an incredible alternative to the mainstream shoe market, making sure function and quality stand together.

Discovering her true calling to deliver a shoe experience, Brianna also knew she wanted to incorporate giving back to her brand.  Through their Soles for Souls program, with each purchase the company donates to Dress for Success Central Virginia, along with animal rescues in honor of her two rescue dogs and company namesakes, Yenta and Posha.


Beth Matish

Beth Matish, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, has served as Chief Executive Officer of Retreat Doctors’ Hospital since June 2016.  Prior to serving in this role, Beth was the Chief Operating Officer at Parham Doctors’ Hospital.

Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, is one of Healthgrades’ Top 50 Hospitals in the nation. Retreat is a 226-bed facility offering 24-hour adult and pediatric emergency care, and medical, surgical and outpatient services. The Retreat Doctors’ Hospital campus is also home to the Institute of Urological Health, offering the latest innovations in urological care and surgery.

Under Beth’s leadership, Retreat Doctors’ and Parham Doctors’ consistently maintained top quartile HCAHPS scores. Beth has successfully developed and grown specialized surgical services like bariatrics and urology at Retreat and Parham Doctors’ Hospital.  In addition, Beth oversaw the introduction of inpatient behavioral health services to Parham Doctors’ and Retreat Doctors’ Hospital.

Beth joined the Henrico Doctors’ team in 2002 as an Associate Administrator. She served in this role until being promoted to Chief Operating Office at the Parham Campus. As an Associate Administrator, Beth provided leadership and oversight for key departments, developed the hospital physician development strategies and executed growth strategies.    Beth began her career with HCA as a Summer Associate at Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN in 2001.

Beth received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia. She also received a Master’s in Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


Suzanne Wolstenholme

Born and raised in Richmond, Hanover County has been Suzanne Wolstenholme’s home for 50 years.  A graduate of VCU School of Business, Suzanne is the CEO of Homemades by Suzanne.

Established in 1982, Homemades by Suzanne offers more than 30 years of catering excellence and was voted “Best Caterer” for 5 years by readers of Richmond Magazine. They offer full service catering for corporate and special events, easy “Carry Out” catering, boxed lunches, deli buffet trays, gift baskets, homemade breads, and bakery items.

Suzanne is married with one daughter and one son who was a gift from the foster care system, Suzanne is past president of the Hanover Humane Society and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.  Her hobbies include cooking, auctions and travel.


Linda Tissiere

Linda Tissiere became CEO of YWCA Richmond in July, 2012.  As CEO, she leads the strategic direction of the organization with a special emphasis on fund development, community engagement, advocacy and organizational effectiveness.  YWCA Richmond is one of the region’s oldest nonprofits at the forefront of creating positive social change through the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women. The vision of the YWCA is to transform individual lives and our community by creating access to opportunities, strengthening resilience, and advancing equitable systems for lifelong success.

Prior to joining the YWCA, Linda was Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement & Integrated

Communications at Luck Companies (formerly Luck Stone Corporation), where she worked for ten years.  At Luck, she was responsible for the execution of reputation management strategies, as well as leading executive engagement initiatives, strategic communications, public relations, government relations and social responsibility.

Linda moved to Virginia in 2002 from upstate New York where she lived for eight years, and before that she resided in Providence, Rhode Island.  Her extensive professional career spans a variety of disciplines including journalism, public relations, philanthropy and corporate communications for financial, manufacturing, higher education and health care organizations. She was also a Middle School Spanish teacher and coach for girls’ basketball and softball.

Linda has a strong passion for the empowerment of women and children and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Smart Beginnings of Richmond.  She is a former Board member of the Children’s Museum of Richmond and the Henrico Education Foundations.  Linda is a member of the 2016 class of Leadership Metro Richmond and is a mentor/coach for Partnership for the Future.  She has a M.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in Spanish from Indiana University.  She is married and has three adult children.  In her spare time, she enjoys golf, travel and spending time with her family.