Award Recipients

2018 ATHENA Award

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.

Lisa Scales

President & CEO, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Scales is a tireless advocate for the elimination of hunger and food insecurity and a catalyst for change inside and outside the food bank. Through the Feeding America national network of food banks she lends her expertise and creativity to the delivery of fresh produce where it’s needed most; innovative partnerships with the medical community to address health and wellness issues; and maximizes the use of technology to measure performance. She previously served as vice president of Hunger-Free Pennsylvania and is a board member of Adagio Health. Scales is a mentor for students at the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, as well as fellow nonprofit leaders, via advisory board positions at the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership and Robert Morris University’s Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management.

2018 ATHENA Young Professional Award

The Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes an emerging leader age 35 or younger who demonstrates excellence in her profession and who dedicates her time and talent to helping other women and girls thrive.

Toni Murphy

Vice President of Business Services, Comcast – Keystone Region

At Comcast, Murphy leads a team of 150 professionals serving customers in four states. She is a force in shaping cultural transformation at the company where she led the creation of the Keystone Region’s Diversity & Inclusion Council and acts as executive champion for its Black Employee Network.


2018 ATHENA Finalists

Lisa Allen,
CEO, Ziegenfelder

Tacy Byham,
Chief Executive Officer, DDI

Tracy DeCock,
Senior Relationship Manager/Managing Director, PNC Financial Services Group

Casey Ryan,
Global Head of Legal Personnel, Senior Management Team Member and Partner, Reed Smith LLP

2018 ATHENA Young Professional Finalists

Valerie Faust,
Founder and Executive Director, Blossom & Flourish: Growing Girls to Greatness

Renée E. Williams,
Executive Director, Laurel Legal Services, Inc.