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Two ATHENA Young Professional Award Finalists Have Strong Ties to SWSG!

Posted by Molly Brenner Aug 8, 2012 , , , ,

Strong Women, Strong Girls is honored to announce that two longtime SWSG supporters and dedicated volunteers are among the three finalists for the 2012 ATHENA Young Professional Award.

Christy Uffelman, Vice President of Employee and Organization Development at Mascaro Construction, joined the SWSG Pittsburgh Advisory Council in 2011. In just her first year on the Advisory Council, Christy worked to pilot and develop SWSG’s Strong Leaders program (read an interview with Christy about the philosophy of leadership coaching). She is specifically nominated for the Young Professional Award for her outstanding hard work on the Strong Leaders program.

Latasha Wilson-Batch, along with Pittsburgh Advisory Council Member Charlie Batch, has actively supported SWSG for five years. Latasha, as Executive Director of the Best of the Batch Foundation, has provided both financial and programmatic support for SWSG. The Best of the Batch Foundation office is one of 26 Pittsburgh-area SWSG program sites, and it fills a unique niche as a site for 5th-grade girls from two elementary schools in the Steel Valley School District. In all of her work, both with SWSG and the Best of the Batch Foundation, Latasha displays an unending commitment to helping girls, women, and youth throughout Pittsburgh.

The Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Award “recognizes women who demonstrate excellence in their profession, contribute to their community and help other women to succeed through mentorship.” The ATHENA Young Professional Award (AYPA) honors an emerging leader age 35 or younger. In 2011, SWSG Founder Lindsay Hyde served as the keynote speaker at the ATHENA Awards.

We are proud to have outstanding emerging leaders in the Strong Women, Strong Girls community. Congratulations, Christy and Latasha!

Purchase tickets to the ATHENA Awards (to be held on Monday, September 24, 2012) and show your support for Christy, Latasha, and the other exceptional finalists.

$30 gives college mentors the tools needed to be role models.