Award Recipients

2017 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.

Sylvia Fields

Executive Director, Eden Hall Foundation

Under Fields’ leadership, Eden Hall Foundation has granted more than $15 million to initiate transformative change for women and girls. She provides valued leadership to the Women in Philanthropy program with Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, the African American Funders Group of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the national boards of the YWCA-USA and World Affairs Councils of America. She has shepherded such successful initiatives as the establishment of Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus and the Single Parent Scholar Program at Wilson College in Chambersburg.

2017 ATHENA Young Professional Award

The Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes an emerging leader age 35 or younger who demonstrate excellence in their profession, contribute to their community.

Andréa Stanford

Digital Experience Product Manager, PNC Bank

Stanford manages the digital content strategy and presentation of personal banking products on She is chair of the Community Outreach Committee for PNC’s Pittsburgh African American Employee Business Resource Group and facilitates its volunteer activities with such organizations as Gwen’s Girls and Grow Up Great. She has been a member and president of the YWCA Young Leaders Board, and a board member of Strong Women, Strong Girls and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.
She advises local nonprofits on capital fundraising through the Social Venture Partners network.

2017 ATHENA Finalists

Kenya Boswell,
President, BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Jayme Butcher,
Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Ilana Diamond,
Managing Director, AlphaLab Gear

Mary Richter,
Shareholder, Schneider Downs

2017 ATHENA Young Professional Finalists

Erin Baker,
Director of Campus Recruiting & Line of Business Development Programs, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Kelly Nestman,
Administrator, Center for Women’s Health Research & Innovation