There are lots of award ceremonies in Pittsburgh–with lots of deserving people to be awarded–but there’s nothing quite like the ATHENA Awards of Greater Pittsburgh. Nominated by others in the community with finalists selected by a committee, the Athena Awards are bestowed every fall at a luncheon attended by a gazillion women–ok, make that 800-plus–in a ceremony that is always inspiring. And that’s the point: To encourage more women to excel in their profession, contribute to their community and to help other women through mentorship.
NEXTpittsburgh is happy to be part of the ATHENA Awards and to present these wonderful group photos of nominees and finalists. Getting all these busy, successful women in one room at one time wasn’t easy. Every time our (very patient) photographer clicked his shutter, it seemed to be a cue for another nominee to walk in the room, apologizing for being late.
Hey, we’re just grateful they showed up.
See the ATHENA Award finalists in the top photo,including Doris Carson Williams, African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA, Lynn M. Banaszak, Disruptive Health Technology Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Rhonda Moore Johnson, Highmark Inc., Lisa Lenihan, United States District Court for the Western District of PA, and Lucille Prater-Holliday, Black Women’s Empowerment Institute.
See below all the ATHENA Award nominees, including the Young Professional ATHENAs.
And finally, below the 2015 ATHENA Young Professional Award finalists: Aurora Sharrard of the Green Building Alliance, Josie Badger, PEAL Center and Meredith Grelli of Wigle Whiskey.
Here’s the full list of 2015 ATHENA Award nominees. See you on October 9th! Get your tickets here before it sells out.
Beauty Mark, Inc.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Fragasso Financial Advisors
Crawford McDonald, LLC
Allegheny Health Network
Sterling Office Professionals
Lisa DiGorio Miller
Lisa DiGorio School of Dance
Karen Wolk Feinstein
Jewish Healthcare Foundation
Sisters Place, Inc.
Jennifer Fox Rabold
FedEx Ground Package System, Inc.
Covenant Church of Pittsburgh / Oakland Service Ministries
Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee
Fox Rothschild LLP
ESSpa Kozmetika and eDRY
Community College of Allegheny County
Darcel R. Madkins
PNC Financial Services
University of Pittsburgh & UPMC
Natalie Mihalek Attorney At Law
Arlinda M. Moriarty
Mary Jo Podgurski
Academy for Adolescent Health/Teen Outreach
Pittsburgh Public Schools
Elisabet Rodriguez & Associates
Reed Smith LLP
Merrill Lynch/The Schwartz Group
Dana Ann Slizik
Caye for Judge Committee
Seneca Valley School district
School of Education, Duquesne University
Dr. Claudia Wendel
Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe LLC
And finally, the full list of Young Professional ATHENA nominees: