YWCA hosts tribute to women leaders at Westin Convention Center
May 30, 2016 12:00 AM
Honorees Diana Bucco, left, and Yasmin Shaheed.
Honoree from left, Tami Dixon, Irene Frieze and Cheryl Begandy.
Honorees Mary Burke, left, and Aradhna Oliphant.
Marsha Jones, left, and Maggie Jensen.
Debra Caplan, left, and Peggy Finnegan.
Julia Teti and mom Betsy.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When and where: Thursday afternoon at the Westin Convention Center, Downtown.
#BreaktheGlassCeiling: Each year this prestigious luncheon honors seven local women for their contributions in leadership. “Our mission is to empower women and eliminate racism so that we can create more opportunities for women in all walks of life,” said board president Marsha Jones. “Empowering women and ending racism are intersectional, and we can’t do one without the other,” added Maggie Jensen, executive director of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.
This year’s honorees: Aradhna M. Oliphant, president and CEO, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.; Diana A. Bucco, vice president, Buhl Foundation; Tami Dixon, producing artistic director, Bricolage Production Company; Irene Hanson Frieze, professor, University of Pittsburgh; Mary C. Burke, founder and executive director, Project to End Human Trafficking, and professor of psychology, Carlow University; Cheryl Begandy, director, education, outreach and training, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center; and Yasmin Shaheed, chief administrative officer, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.
#QuotableMoment: “We need to mentor women and raise awareness of women’s leadership potential, creating more avenues to move us all forward,” said Debra Caplan.
#SEEN among more than 500 guests: Emcee Peggy Finnegan, Eva Blum, Chaz Kellem, Jeremy Resnick and Janera Solomon, Betsy Teti with daughter Julia, LaJuana Fuller, Bill Benter, Charlie Batch and Latasha Wilson Batch, Rosa Davis, Peggy Harris, Atiya Abdelamlik, Esther Bush and the YWCA young leaders board members: Andrea Stanford, Victoria Snyder, Amy Silbermann, and Melisa Campbell.
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