Metro Women's Leadership Summit

Dana Vento

Travel & Culinary Influencer

Dana Vento

Dana Vento is an award-winning travel and culinary writer, social influencer, and consultant. She entered the 'online influencer' industry in 2009 with a Master's Degree in HR Management, but no formal training for the brand she was about to own. Driven to succeed at a business that was still undefined, she managed to turn her name into her brand.

With the fruition of her first website venture, Dana was immediately sought out by local television stations in Pittsburgh as 'the expert' when it came to shopping, and sharing consumer 'must know' pieces.

Weekly features on one of the most popular Pittsburgh radio shows for 'things to do in the area,' her website thrived.

Her early accomplishments ranged from becoming the first Pittsburgh ONLINE Spokesperson for a large grocery chain to becoming an on-camera & radio media rep for a large fashion retailer.

While her original site was re-branded a few times, her goal always stayed in focus: Grow from regional to national, which she did, and additionally grew her social fan base from local to national, starting at ZERO and growing over 200K+. With a simple nine-second video reaching over 379,000 people in just days, and a monthly viewership in Pinterest of over 1 MILLION. Monthly reaches on Pinterest are 1 Million Plus & growing. Featured in Redbook Magazine for wrangling a car dealership down $20,000 less than the featured price. Dana has been quoted in Parenting for Teen Lifestyle segments, offered advice for shopping in Real Simple and numerous other local publications for her website.

Her culinary skills earned her a two-year 200+ digital recipe contract with one of the largest online kitchen appliance vendors. Her videos, imagery & recipes are just a click away.

Recently she earned her first travel writing award for her detailed expertise of the destination, following it up with another award for best beach photograph in IG.

She continues to thrive in her travels and culinary experiences and is currently a Brand Ambassador for Allianz Travel and The Parking Spot.

Never Follow. Always Lead. Go Off Road. Lavishly Live Life Out Loud and Be Audacious are words Dana lives by!

Breakout Session

June 7, 10:15am-11:25am
When I Owned My Name, I Owned My Destiny, NOW Is Your Time!