Taking its name from the Greek goddess of strength and wisdom, the Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards luncheon is one of the largest annual gatherings among the hundreds of ATHENA International-affiliated events presented around the world.
The Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Award recognizes exceptional women who demonstrate excellence in their profession, contribute to their community and help other women to succeed through mentorship. The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes an emerging leader age 35 or younger.
In 1982, Martha Mayhood Mertz, owner of Mayhood/Mertz Realtors, Inc., found herself to be the only female member of the Lansing, Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
She resolved to recognize the outstanding professional women in her community and to encourage the opening of leadership opportunities for them. Thus, the ATHENA Award® Program was born.
The ATHENA Award’s focus on mentorship distinguishes it from other awards recognizing women in business.
By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Award Program inspires others to achieve personal and professional excellence. Each Recipient receives a handcrafted ATHENA Award sculpture, with a unique design inspired by the Greek Goddess Athena, who represents courage and wisdom guided by reason.
Learn more about the ATHENA Leadership Model and Mertz’s 2009 book, Becoming ATHENA: Eight Principles of Enlightened Leadership.
Herbein + Company, Inc.
Sarah Heinz House
TiER1 Performance SolutionsHahna Alexander
The PEAL CenterLynn Banaszak
Carnegie Mellon University, Disruptive Health Technology InstituteJenn Beer
Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of CommerceCori Begg-Parise
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLaura Benson
Burns WhiteMaris Bondi
UPMC Health PlanJennifer Cairns
Sarah Heinz HouseKate Cromie
Eckert SeamansMickey Denner
Allegheny ConferenceMike Ellis
Highmark Inc.Mike Ellis
Highmark Inc.Candyce Fly Lee
WilliamsAnne Flynn Schlicht
Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, Chatham UniversityLaura Freedman
Southpointe Wealth Management of UBS Financial ServicesStephanie Garbe
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.Jeanne Givner
FedEx GroundBrooke Huber
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLPNina Krietemeyer
Hirambo Inc.Amiena Mahsoob
World Affairs Council of PittsburghBeth Marcello
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.Wendy McCabe
MSM DigitalLee Ann Munger
Women for a Healthy EnvironmentSusan Orr
Foundation of HOPEBonnie Pfister
Allegheny ConferenceAllyce Pinchback
Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP)Lynne Popash
Regency Global TransportationPam Quatchak
Point Park UniversitySabrina Saunders
Strong Women, Strong GirlsJanel Skelley
Allegheny ConferenceDebbie Stockdale
Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.Bayh Sullivan
The Ellis SchoolBrendan Surma
AEC GroupJune Swanson
Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLPHeidi Szuminsky
Waynesburg UniversityMelia Tourangeau
Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraAlison Treaster
Allegheny ConferenceChristy Uffelman
Align LeadershipDan Unkovic
BPU InvestmentsMegan Walsh
Sisterson & Co. LLPKim Wick
KPMG LLPMarisa Williams
PNC YMCATasha Wilson-Batch
Best of the Batch FoundationKristin Winkowski Joyce
Consultant, Allegheny Conference