The New Pittsburgh Courier is pleased to recognize and introduce the 2012 50 Women of Excellence, nominated by our readership. Together, they symbolize the best of what this city has to offer. They shine a light on the values and principals held most dear to our society. Though they represent a cornucopia of professions, they share a devotion to strengthening our community.


On Thursday, June 28, the New Pittsburgh Courier will hold its annual luncheon to recognize this year’s list. The luncheon will be held at the Westin Convention Center from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

The women on our list represent the victories on the civil rights and feminist movement. While they spend their days in corporate offices, classrooms and churches, they use their spare time to mentor young women so that they may one day stand together as colleagues. We thank them for their service, leadership and all they have contributed to the city they beautifully represent.

This year’s 50 Women of Excellence add to the patchwork of history. Their strength comes from the strength of their predecessors and they hold tomorrow’s leaders on their wings. They stand out, not only for what they have achieved, but also for what they have helped others to achieve.

They wear various hats as teachers, volunteers, administrators, students, founders and activists. They have accomplished what some before them have not, and what many, still before them, had not even dared to dream. Their reach can be small or wide, but their impact will be felt for generations to come.

Though their career paths vary greatly, the women on our list are related in their ability to shatter the “glass ceiling” through hard work and determination. They have established the foundation for what all women and men should strive toward.

This year’s event is sponsored by University of Pittsburgh, The Heinz Endowment, Dignity and Respect Campaign, Rice Enterprises LLC and Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

We congratulate this year’s honorees on their many achievements and urge them to continue fighting for advancement for all women.

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