SWSG Pittsburgh Strong Awards Breakfast

Friday, August 5, 2022 | 8-10 a.m.

Westin Hotel & Convention Center / Livestream

View our Digital Program Booklet.


View the event recording.

The 8th Annual Strong Awards Breakfast to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women and girls in our community was a success! We exceeded our fundraising goal, securing over $105,000 for our mentoring programs. Thank you to our sponsors, donors, attendees, and supporters!

The 2022 Strong Awards featured three exceptional women and girls and a company/organization advocate as this year’s Strong Award winners. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating them on their perseverance, character, and commitment to the community. Read more about them in our digital program booklet linked above.

2022 Winners:

Organization Winner: POWER

Professional Winner: Ja’Lisa Brown, MBA

Young Professional Winner: Isabella Wegner

Elementary Girl Winner: Grace Lee


Keynote Speaker, Dr. Angela Reynolds

Angela Reynolds, Ph.D, serves as Chief Executive Officer of YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh. YWCA aims to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace and justice in our region.

She previously served as an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, as an instructor in statistics and housing policy, specifically affordable housing and fair housing. Prior to joining YWCA, she was Senior Director of United for Families and 2-1-1 at United Way of Southwestern PA.

Dr. Reynolds is the 2020 ATHENA award recipient, a 2021 Pittsburgh Business Times Woman of Influence, Pittsburgh Smart 50 Class of 2020, member of the Board of Directors for Sustainable Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Adagio Health Advisory Board, and Highmark Western Region Advisory Board. Dr. Reynolds, a mother of four and caretaker for her mother, is an Associate Pastor of her church.


Event Emcee, Celina Pompeani

An Emmy Award-winning TV personality and Pittsburgh native, Celina Pompeani is KDKA’s Morning Traffic Anchor and contributor for “Pittsburgh Today Live.”

Celina is also an on-camera host for the Pittsburgh Penguins and has been with the team since September 2014. She loves meeting new people at PPG Paints Arena, as the in-arena host for every home hockey game.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting in December 2013, Celina worked as the weekend news anchor and general assignment reporter at WTOV-9, up until September 2014, when she accepted a job at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In 2015, Celina won her first Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award, for her weekly entertainment segment on PensTV, Pens Trends!

Celina joined Point Park’s Board of Trustees in late 2018, and is so proud to serve her alma mater. Celina was nominated and selected by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as a member of the 2015 Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Class. She raised $8,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is also very involved with the Mario Lemieux Foundation, serving as a member of their millennial committee.

Sponsor the Strong Awards!

Make an even bigger impact by sponsoring the Strong Awards next year in 2023. Email mescajeda@swsg.org for more information.