Genevieve M. Piturro is ‘Leading Through Change’ in new Zoom summit

Motivational speaker and author Genevieve M. Piturro, founder of the Pajama Program, holds an online leadership summit July 21 and 22.

Genevieve M. Piturro, an Irvington resident, was a TV marketing executive delivering pajamas to a New York City shelter when a chance encounter with a little girl there changed her life.

It moved her to found the Pajama Program to inspire others to lead with purpose, tap into their heart-voice and act with passion. On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 21 and 22, Piturro will host the two-day “Leading Through Change with Purpose & Passion Online Summit with influencers and executives from a variety of industries, to discuss leadership, an elusive quality that is crucial in this time of the coronavirus and Black Lives Matter.

“Leadership is measured not by how much you advance but by how much you advance others,” Piturro says. “By listening to leaders on the frontlines of today’s headlines, we can learn invaluable skills about adapting to change, harnessing the power of the human connection and leading from our hearts to be effective in our careers and in our lives.”

The “Leading Through Change with Purpose & Passion Online Summit” will include interviews with Wendy Batiste-Johnson and Jennifer Granger, Detroit-based sports, community and parenting philanthropists, Amber Coleman-Mortley, director of social engagement at iCivics; Kalindi Mehta, director, consumer and market insights, North America division at Colgate Palmolive; Brian Moran, founder/CEO of Small Business Edge; Michelle A. Nicholas, executive director of Girls Inc. of Westchester County; Laura Schroff, author of the New York Times best seller “An Invisible Thread”; Lesley Jane Seymour, CEO of; Joel Yu, energy policy  and regulatory affairs, Con Edison Co. of New York and Jennefer Witter, founder/CEO of The Boreland Group Inc. Piturro will moderate the virtual summit and share her own mission for living a life with purpose and passion.

Attendees will participate in candid conversations about creating new methods of connection in the field of sports and community; securing opportunities for our current generation of girls, showcasing the effect and advancement of women; managing corporate communications strategies during a pandemic; strengthening relationships and finding solutions for a just society; sharing how small businesses are making unique choices; leading family and friends while leading by personal example and harnessing the power of a story to connect with others. 

Piturro’s first book, “Purpose, Passion and Pajamas: How to Transform your Life, Embrace the Human Connection and Lead with Meaning,” will be available Aug 4. 

To register for the free summit, visit

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