Women who mentor other women spread their influence exponentially by preparing a new generation of leaders. On Sept. 30 two such women were recognized by their peers for professional excellence and contributions to the community at the Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards celebration. (Check out brief interviews with the winners here.)
Laura Ellsworth, partner-in-charge of Pittsburgh office of international law firm Jones Day was presented with the 23rd annual ATHENA Award. Amiena Mahsoob, director of education programs for the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, received the third annual ATHENA Young Professional Award.
Named for the Greek goddess of strength and wisdom, the ATHENA awards are unique among other regional honors because of their focus on mentorship.
“Our region is privileged to have an abundance of ATHENA-worthy women in leadership – all of whom have far-reaching circles of influence, talents, interests and skills,” said 2013 ATHENA Host Committee Chair Beth Marcello. “Individually, their impact is great. Collectively, they’re a force,”
Ellsworth supervises 100 lawyers and staff in the Pittsburgh office in addition to coordinating and litigating matters of national importance for clients. She has argued in federal and state courts across the U.S. She has been named in Best Lawyers in America and has been identified as one of the top female litigators in Pennsylvania by the Legal Intelligencer. Laura was appointed to serve on the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and she is co-chair of the prestigious Federal Judicial Selection Committee for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
She also serves as vice-chair of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, chairing its affiliate the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh as well as the Youth Policy Council of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. She serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania State System for Higher Education, the Pennsylvania Council on Privatization and Innovation and Imani Christian Academy, among others.
Amiena Mahsoob is helping the next generation of leaders develop global perspectives in her role designing and implementing the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s education programming, which reaches more than 10,000 middle/high school students and educators. She expanded the World Affairs Council’s use of video-conferencing to connect Pittsburgh students with students around the world to discuss and take action on issues ranging from education to human trafficking. She has traveled to 20 countries for work, study and pleasure. In Japan, she bicycled 2,500 miles over the span of two months as part of an educational and eco-cycling team.
Amiena is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc.’s Leadership Development Initiative Class XVII and leads the Circle of Trust, which supports the personal and professional successes of mid-career female leaders. Her community involvement spans numerous organizations including Strong Women, Strong Girls, the New Pittsburgh Collaborative, the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Council for International Education; and the Environmental Charter School. She is also an ImaginePittsburgh.com Neighbor.
The other 2013 ATHENA Young Professional Award finalists, chosen from among 29 nominees, were:
• Erin Isler, director, loan syndications, PNC Capital Markets LLC
• Marisa Bartley, business development office, AVP, Citizens Bank
The other 2013 ATHENA Award finalists, chosen from among 39 nominees, were:
• Lenore Blum, distinguished professor, Carnegie Mellon University
• Terri Bone, vice president & corporate controller, EQT Corporation
• Maurita Bryant, assistant chief, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
• Titina Ott, vice president, business process & systems enablement, Oracle Worldwide Alliance & Channels
The Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Award Program Luncheon is one of the largest stand-alone events of its kind among some 500 presented annually across the globe in affiliation with ATHENA International. It is presented by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliates.
(Check out brief interviews with the winners here.)