Courier honors 50 Women of Excellence

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For the third year the New Pittsburgh Courier will host its 50 Women of Excellence luncheon at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. The July 14 event recognizes some of Pittsburgh’s most successful and influential African-American women.

As in past years, this list of honorees includes women representing a variety of career fields and community service callings.

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MARILYN BARNETT

“I appreciate this initiative by the Courier because it recognizes women in our community who are doing extraordinary things. They’re some of the unsung heroes or sheroes who deserve to be spotlighted,” said Lamont Jones, who nominated one of this year’s honorees. “Keep doing what you’re doing and do even more because it’s needed.

This year’s event is sponsored by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, PNC, UPMC, The Institute for Transfusion Medicine, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the University of Pittsburgh and Onyx Women Network.

“Once again the New Pittsburgh Courier is especially pleased to present this year’s 50 Women of Excellence,” said Rod Doss, the newspaper’s editor and publisher. “As we salute these women—all of whom have been nominated by Courier readers—our luncheon event and special section serve as a testament to the great contributions by so many distinguished women within the Pittsburgh region.”

This year’s list includes several educators who stand out for their work shaping tomorrow’s leaders. Former honoree Marilyn Barnett, Ph.D., who leads Imani Christian Academy as the school’s principal, was recognized for her lifelong work in education as well as her commitment to the NAACP.

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DIANE RICHARDS

“It’s a source of encouragement as you work in the community and you work with a variety of organizations you want to make a difference and the fact that people notice it is a spring board for many other things,” said Barnett. “I congratulate them but I encourage them to just keep working. Talk to other people about the importance of not just standing out in the community but continuing to work.”

Many of the Women of Excellence are nominated because they have excelled in fields where African-Americans and even more so women have traditionally been excluded. As the spokesperson for the Pittsburgh Police, Diane Richards, another former honoree has achieved a lot in the usually male oriented law enforcement field.

“I was very honored to be in the comp of so many distinguished and deserving women from all walks of life. Just to be recognized in the area I work in was really an honor. I appreciate the people knowing someone in the bureau of police does have their best interest in mind,” Richards said. “Continue to be the strong women they are and continue to give back to the community we serve.”

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