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Signature Speaker Series Networking Luncheon

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

$35.00 – $50.00

I’m a Success in Progress!

Lydia Gwin
Founder and Creator
Gwin’s Tiny Kitchen

Lydia shares her nuggets of knowledge learned over her career path in the entertainment, travel, and hospitality industry. She’ll share how accepting your mistakes creates a deeper sense of experience, and how leading with grace creates more results than striving for perfection.

Key Take-A-Ways

  • Perfection brings friends like shame and guilt to the party…offering little growth, and more damage.
  • Working in a male-dominated world, women are expected to be perfect. And the challenges we face when at the helm of leadership.
  • Leading through the scoop of grace and not perfection.



11:00 am – 12:15 pm – Networking, Welcome, and Lunch
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm – Presentation and Final Announcements


More about Lydia:

Lydia Gwin is passionate about embracing the uniqueness of the world’s cultures and cuisines. With a career spanning food, travel, and entertainment, she has explored the globe and integrated her experiences into educational settings to empower and inspire others.

Lydia’s love for food and diverse cultures stems from her upbringing in a military family, which involved extensive travel and cultural immersion from a young age. Her exposure to regional
and cultural differences, coupled with her adeptness at adapting recipes and techniques, have shaped her into a versatile culinary professional capable of catering to chefs of all ages, abilities, and experiences.

Currently, Lydia is the creator and founder of Gwin’s Tiny Kitchen, where she utilizes food as a gateway to learning across various disciplines such as math, science, and geography. She uses
these philosophies as a respected instructor at the Kitchen Conservatory and in classrooms within schools, universities, and public libraries.

In the past year, Gwin’s Tiny Kitchen has expanded its offerings to include curated culinary adventure travels, providing individuals with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the epicenter of various cuisines and engage all their senses in the culinary experience.

Lydia has made significant contributions to the food scene in STL, serving as a food and travel writer for Kirkwood City Lifestyle Magazine, a former project manager for PBS Chew in the Lou,
and making appearances in STLToday and Show ME St. Louis. Her outstanding work, such as induction into the St. Louis Business, has been recognized with honors 40 under 40 class of
2021 and the Businessperson of the Year award from the Kirkwood Des Peres Chamber.

You have the choice of: 

Chicken Parmesan with Pasta and Broccoli
Pasta Alfredo with Grilled Chicken
Pork Ragu

Your meal will also include:

Caesar Salad
Dinner Rolls and Butter
Gooey Butter Cake

coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks

Please advise us of any food allergies at checkout.  Thank you.

Disclaimer:  Photos and videos of all members, guests, speakers, and affiliates may be used in any and all publications and materials promoted by PWA.

The Professional Women’s Alliance is an organization of women supporting one another for personal and professional development.  We strive to keep the annual membership cost affordable to encourage participation.  We also believe in “try it before you buy it” which is the reason we offer potential members the opportunity to attend two events before deciding to join.


July 10
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$35.00 – $50.00
Event Category:


Missouri Athletic Club – West
1777 Des Peres Rd
Des Peres, MO 63131
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