BJ Leber
BJ Leber

BJ Leber is president and CEO of Adagio Health, which provides access to quality health care for women in 23 counties throughout western Pennsylvania. In October 2017, BJ was one of 13 women appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. Among her many other accolades? She even medaled in the Head of the Ohio Regatta on a rowing team with her son. Originally from York, PA, BJ lives in Highland Park with her husband, Jeff. Her son, Daniel, lives in Pittsburgh and her son, Alan, and his wife, Hyojin, live in Brooklyn.

What upcoming events are you excited attend?

Outside of work, I enjoy attending shows and plays across the city. I’m looking forward to attending “The Drowsy Chaperone,” part of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama season. The students are so very, very talented, and I love the energy on stage.

Best part of your job?

I would have to say my favorite part is waking up every day knowing that Adagio Health is helping women live a healthier life and get care, treatment and reproductive health they otherwise might not have had access to. Every woman should be given the resources and support to plan if and when she has children and to reap the benefits of that support — from healthier children to job security to overall quality of life and stronger families.

BJ was was one of 13 women appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. First Lady Wolf attended the swearing-in ceremony on October 18.

Your wish for Pittsburgh?

I can’t narrow my wish list to just one, so I’ll give my top three.

1. I hope Pittsburgh continues to work toward an even stronger commitment to diversity and inclusion. All should feel welcome, comfortable and safe in our city.

2. My second wish is to see even more women in elected offices. I think 2018 is the year for women, and I hope more women continue standing up for what they believe in.

3. I also hope to see another large business or corporation bring its headquarters to Pittsburgh — bringing people, dollars and jobs to our great city.

Each one of these would move us forward. The three together would have a substantial impact on our future.

Ideal date night in Pittsburgh?

My favorite date spot is the Murray Avenue Grill in Squirrel Hill. Following dinner, we like to see a movie at The Manor. And yes, we always get popcorn, even though we’ve just had dinner.

What song in your playlist is on endless repeat?

It’s not just one song — it’s a whole soundtrack. I’ve been listening to the album featuring Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway for weeks. We saw the show — it was amazing.

What book is on your nightstand or in your e-reader right now?

I’m currently reading Jennifer Egan’s historical fiction novel, “Manhattan Beach.” I’m still reading, but so far, I’d say I recommend it.

Favorite Pittsburgh view?

I have to say it’s Mount Washington. Watching the July 4th fireworks from the Trimont is pretty cool. Although coming out of the Fort Pitt Tunnel and seeing the city open up takes a very close second. I’ll never get over that one.

Where do you always take out-of-town visitors?

I love to show my out-of-town family and friends the Strip District. We’ll usually head over for breakfast at Pamela’s and then do some shopping. There’s a great, festive atmosphere and lots of good food and local shops to explore.

BJ and her husband, Jeff, experience Pittsburgh with her niece, Tammy, and Tammy’s husband, Michael.
BJ and her husband, Jeff, experience Pittsburgh with her niece, Tammy, and Tammy’s husband, Michael.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ll tackle this week?

Like so many others across Pittsburgh, I’ve been battling a nasty flu! I’m looking forward to getting over this and starting the rest of 2018 off with good health.

Your not-so-secret Pittsburgh spot?

You can often find me at Park Bruges — a charming French-inspired eatery in Highland Park. We are always running into someone we know over dinner or brunch.

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