6:00 pm Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner


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Laura Shapira Karet President and Chief Executive Officer, Giant Eagle, Inc.

Laura Shapira Karet leads and oversees Giant Eagle, Inc., one of the nation’s largest multi-format food, fuel, convenience, and pharmacy retailers with approximately 32,000 Team Members and $8.9 billion in annual sales. Karet was appointed Chief Executive Officer on January 9, 2012. 

Karet is deeply committed to community economic and workforce development, food insecurity, and early childhood education, and focuses a great deal of time on those key areas. She is also an active member on the board of directors for various organizations, some of which include: Food Marketing Institute (FMI); Common Threads; The Pittsburgh Foundation; United Way of Allegheny County; Allegheny County Parks Foundation; and Holy Family Institute. Karet is also a Trustee on the Committee for Economic Development (CED) of The Conference Board, the Vice Chair of The Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and Chair of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. 
A native of Pittsburgh, Karet graduated from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree in English and resides in the Pittsburgh area with her husband and three children.

Guest speakers


Bari Weiss

Bari Weiss is a Staff Editor and writer for The New York Times Opinion Page. Previously, she was an Op-Ed Editor and Associate Book Review Editor at The Wall Street Journal, and Senior Editor at the popular Jewish magazine, Tablet Magazine. She has also written for Haaretz, The Forward, and The New York Sun. Bari took part in the Dorot Fellowship, which seeks to enliven American Jewry by seeding the community with outstanding young lay leaders who create new forms and reinvigorate existing forms of Jewish expression. She is a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Columbia University. Bari is the most recent winner of Reason Foundation's 2018 Bastiat Prize, which annually honors writing that best demonstrates the importance of freedom with originality, wit, and eloquence.


Lou Weiss

Lou Weiss is a lifelong Pittsburgher and the proud father of Bari. After graduating from Kenyon College, he joined Weisshouse, the family home furnishings business, where he ultimately became the Head Weissguy. He “retired” young, so he could focus on his volunteer work and his nascent writing career. He has achieved modest success publishing several pieces in the Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The New York Daily News where his tag is “Carpet Salesman from Pittsburgh.” Lou has worked with many charities and non-profit groups, led several missions to Israel, and headed I-Connect, the Israel literacy and experience coalition. A member of the first cohort of the Wexner Heritage Program, he is the current head of AIPAC in Pittsburgh. 

Tree of Lifeā„¢ Award Dinner Co-Chairs

Eva Tansky Blum
Howard “Hoddy” Hanna

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