Women are significantly shaping the Pittsburgh region’s future, making their mark on business, government, academia, the non-profit sector and more. And women who mentor other women are advancing their influence exponentially by helping to prepare a new generation of women poised to lead this region.

Nominated by their peers for professional excellence, contributions to the community and their mentorship of other women, exceptional women been recognized with the Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Award for more than 20 years.

Today, two more Pittsburgh women were added to the ranks of ATHENA award recipients. They are Judge Kim Berkeley Clark and Christy Uffelman.

A judge in the Fifth Judicial District of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Clark is the 2012 ATHENA Award recipient. Espousing the professional and personal credo that “nothing is too hard,” Clark has spent the past 14 years focused on the best interests of children in a court known for emotionally trying cases and long hours. She began her career as an assistant district attorney and later served as Allegheny County deputy district attorney, conducting more than 150 jury trials. Clark was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas in 1999 and elected to full 10-year terms in 1999 and 2009. She was the first African American to be named an administrative judge in Allegheny County and the first judge and African American female to serve as president of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Off the bench, Clark continues to influence the lives of children for the better by giving of her time and talents to the community. She is a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh trustee and a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council Advisory Board, the Pittsburgh Project board of directors and the advisory committee of the Pittsburgh Urban League’s Urban Youth Empowerment Program. A gifted pianist and clarinetist, Clark has cultivated a love of music in children by giving piano lessons at Homewood’s Afro-American Music Institute.

The ATHENA Young Professional Award responds to the reality that Pittsburgh’s population is trending younger, with more 20- and 30-year-olds choosing to live and work here. Among this younger population are women who will be tomorrow’s changemakers and leaders. Christy Uffelman is one of those women and the 2012 ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient.

Uffelman is vice president of employee and organization development at Mascaro Construction and the first female member of the company’s executive team. Breaking ground in the traditionally male-dominated construction field, she has co-chaired the Master Builders Association HR Forum and has been a regular speaker for the Associate General Contractors of America and the National Association for Women in Construction.

A lifelong Girl Scout, she’s now a Brownie leader, a Women & Girls Foundation Grantmaking Committee volunteer and the creator of the Strong Leaders Program (SLP) – a fundraising and volunteer pipeline for Strong Women, Strong Girls, a nationally recognized mentoring program empowering women and girls. Uffelman is also the founder of EMPOWER, a group committed to the evolution of women as mothers and professionals.

Check out videos of  Clark and Uffelman, below, and our ImaginePittsburgh Flickr stream of photos below that. You can read more about all of the nominees at Athena-Pittsburgh.com, where over the next few days we’ll also be uploading videos of other finalists, as well videos of the awards ceremony itself.

Kim Berkeley Clark from MediaQuest on Vimeo.


From ImaginePittsburgh’s Flickr phototream:

Photos by Scott Smathers for the Allegheny Conference.