NANBPW Annual Founder’s Day Celebration

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NANBPW TRIO—Rhonda Carson Leach, Winifred Torbert and Audrey Anderson

On April 20, at the beautiful LeMont Restaurant, The Pittsburgh Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. hosted their Annual Founder’s Day Celebration. Pittsburgh Club President, Rhonda Carson Leach said, “On this day we honor and thank deserving individuals in the Pittsburgh Community who have given outstanding service or have achieved substantial goals. Each year the club awards scholarships to college-bound high school seniors seeking to further their education. The highlight of the Founder’s Day

Observance is the occasion to award the highest honor given by the National Association, the Sojourner Truth Award. It honors women exhibiting the attributes of our National Matriarch.”
After a delightful breakfast buffet and dance selection by Brittany Davis, Leach introduced NANBPW past presidents. Anita Walker kicked off the presentation of awards by presenting the scholarship award to Aryell Heywood (Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School). Heywood plans to be a dentist.

The Businesswoman of the year award went to Mary Coffey, CEO and COO of All Purpose Cleaning Service Inc. Roland J. Coston-Criswell, funeral director at Coston Funeral Home, received the Businessman of the Year Award.

Leach presented the Professional Woman of the Year Award to Marisa C. Bartley. Bartley serves as the Business Development Officer for the Western Central Pennsylvania Market for Citizens Bank.

The highest honor of the day, The Sojourner Truth Award, went to Deborah Walker, a dedicated, hardworking professional with 20 years experience in law enforcement and 10 years as a higher education administrator. Walker is an accomplished presenter and has traveled both nationally and internationally speaking on topics such as the intersection of higher education and law enforcement and the retention of underrepresented students.
Winifred Torbert served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the morning.

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