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Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards Finalists Announced

Regional women who lead through mentorship to be honored at Oct. 2 luncheon


 Eight women – five veterans in business services, startups and foundations – and three emerging leaders have been selected as finalists for the 2017 ATHENA Awards Program of Greater Pittsburgh. They will be among the nominees recognized for their professional excellence, contributions to the community and mentorship of other women at the annual ATHENA Awards luncheon on Monday, Oct. 2. The awards are presented by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Downtown Pittsburgh. One finalist from each category – the traditional ATHENA Award and the ATHENA Young Professional Award – will be honored at the event.

The finalists for the traditional ATHENA Award compose a varied and distinguished group. Each woman uses her leadership to create professional excellence and positive regional impact. They are:


  • Kenya Boswell, President, BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Pictured)
  • Jayme Butcher, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Ilana Diamond, Managing Director, AlphaLab Gear
  • Sylvia Fields, Executive Director, Eden Hall Foundation
  • Mary Richter, Shareholder, Schneider Downs

The ATHENA Young Professional Award will be presented to a woman age 35 or younger who exemplifies the traditional ATHENA qualities, with an emphasis on being a role model. They are:

  • Erin Baker, Director of Campus Recruiting & Line of Business Development Programs, PNC Bank
  • Kelly Nestman, Administrator, Center for Women's Health Research & Innovation
  • Andréa Stanford, Digital Experience Product Manager, PNC Bank

A complete list of nominees can be found at ATHENA-Pittsburgh.com.

Also at the luncheon, ATHENA officials will recognize Jennifer Van Dam, the recipient of the second annual Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Scholarship. Named for the ATHENA program’s founder and retired president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce – an Allegheny Conference affiliate – the scholarship covers the tuition for the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women.

The Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards luncheon has drawn as many as 900 attendees, making it among the largest stand-alone events of its kind among the 500-plus communities around the globe that present ATHENA awards.

Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased here or at ATHENA-Pittsburgh.com. Sponsorship inquiries may be directed to Sara Gaal at sgaal@alleghenyconference.org.

The ATHENA Awards Program of Greater Pittsburgh is made possible by support from UPMC Health Plan; Citizens Bank; KPMG; 4abc-WTAE; Pittsburgh Magazine; Williams; Accenture; Covestro LLC; Fort Pitt Capital Group; PPG; Pittsburgh Penguins: The Ellis School; and Schneider Downs.

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The Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliates – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh, LLC and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance – work in collaboration with public and private sector partners to improve the economy and the quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania. Learn more at AlleghenyConference.org.

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