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PITTSBURGH, PA – The New Pittsburgh Courier will host its 2013 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni William Penn Hotel.

This year, the New Pittsburgh Courier is also pleased to be honoring Ms. Bev Smith as the 2013 Legacy Award Honoree.

Ms. Smith began her television and radio career in 1971 when she was named Pittsburgh’s first African-American Consumer Investigative Reporter for WPXI-TV. In 1975. she was named News and Public Affairs Director for Sheridan Broadcasting and hosted a lively talk show on Sheridan’s flagship station, WAMO.

Since then, Bev Smith has taken her “fire brand” style of talk shows to KDKA and WTAE Radio in Pittsburgh, WNWS in Miami, WKIS in Orlando and WRC in Washington, DC.

Bev also worked at Black Entertainment Television for over thirteen years as the host of the popular national television talk show “Our Voices”.

In 2011, Ms Smith signed off the air as host of the “Bev Smith Show” which was heard on the American Urban Radio Networks, where she was fondly known by
many as “The Queen of Late Night Talk”.

Over the years, Bev has received nearly 300 awards, citations and trophies for her contributions in radio and television. She began a new chapter in talk radio on June 3, 2012 when she launched the all-new Bev Smith Show on Empowerment Radio Network.

Ms. Smith is currently working on her life story in a biography that will tell more about her experience working in an industry that didn’t always welcome
her with open arms because of her color, gender and now her age.

The luncheon will begin promptly at Noon and will end by 1:30 p.m. at the latest.

Robert Hill, Retired Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs for the University of Pittsburgh, will Emcee the Awards Luncheon.

Corporate Sponsors for the Awards Luncheon are UPMC, Duquesne University, Press Club of Western PA, and the NAACP Pittsburgh Unit.

Reservations are $65 and may be made by contacting Save The Date Creative Services at either savethedate_pgh@yahoo.com or 412-781-3486.

Congratulatory advertsing opportunities are still available for the post event special edition in the New Pittsburgh Courier. Email Stephan Broadus at sbroadus@newpittsburghcourier.com for more information.


CAROL L. ADAMS – Senior Systems Analyst/Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Coordinator – ALCOSAN

MARLA D. BRADFORD – Senior Employment Recruiter – Duquesne University

CHARLOTTE BROWN, PH.D. – Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Health and Community Systems – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

VICTORIA E. BRYANT – Nurse Practitioner – Pittsburgh Board of Education

FRANCINE B. CAMERON – President & CEO – Cameron Professional Services Group, LLC

MESSENGER ANNETTE CARSWELL – Co-Founder – Potters House Ministries

RENEE SMITH CLARK, Ph.D. – Dean of Student Development – CCAC, South Campus

TRACY L. CLARK – Paralegal – H.J. Heinz Company; and CFO – Full of Grace

DR. LUTITIA A. CLIPPER – Manager, Natural Gas Vehicles Business Development – Peoples Natural Gas Co.

MARY L. COFFEY – CEO – All Purpose Cleaning Service, Inc.

PAMELA COLLIER – President & Founder – Lord Marketing Group

ESA MATIUS DAVIS, MD, MPH – Assistant Professor of Medicine – University of Pittsburgh

STEPHANIE DURRETT – President – SD Transit, Inc.

MONICA EARLY – Customer Service Manager and Office Manager – Z Brand Group

KIM EL – Artistic Associate – Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company

ROBYN E. FRANCIS – Senior Scientist – Bayer MaterialScience LLC

OLGA T. GEORGE – Assignment Desk Editor – KDKA-TV

RONITA S. GILES – Assistant to the President – Robert Morris University

ROBYN GREER – Hair Salon Owner/Personal Trainer/Nutrition Coach – The Trevor James Experience

TERINA JETT HICKS – Entrepreneur Diva/CEO – Declaring Dominion, LLC; Talent Pittsburgh


RUTH J. HOWZE – Administrator of Alternative Housing and Reintegration – Allegheny County Jail

SHANICKA L. KENNEDY, Esq. – Chief Deputy Director – Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender

DR. MONICA D. LAMAR – Principal – Pittsburgh Dilworth Pre-K-5

DESIREE S. LEE – Project Manager – The Game Changers Project; and, Arts Partnership Associate – Gateway to the Arts

KILOLO LUCKETT – Director of Development – The Andy Warhol Museum

A. KELLY MCCORMICK – Director, Corporate Human Resources – Giant Eagle, Inc.

MONIQUE MCINTOSH, M.Ed – Senior Director of Programs – YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh

DONNA MICHEAUX, Ph.D. – Assistant Executive Director – Allegheny Intermediate Unit

CYNTHIA MOORE – Education and Community Engagement Director – Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

TRACEY NASH – Senior Accountant – Highmark, Inc.

CAROL AWKARD NEYLAND – Vice President, Community Development – Dollar Bank

CONSTANCE PARKER – President – NAACP Pittsburgh Unit

STAYCEE R. PEARL – Co-Founding Director – Pearl Arts Studios

EBONY RENEE PUGH – Public Information Officer – Pittsburgh Public Schools

MINETTE SEATE – Senior Producer – WQED Multimedia


DEBRA VALENTINE-GRAY – Director of Regional Advancement – Indiana University of Pennsylvania

ALLEGRA WAKEFIELD – Guild President – Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

ANITA B. WALKER – Assistant Principal – Allegheny K-8 School

CAROL A. WASHINGTON – Executive Director – The NorthShore Community Alliance

DR. CHRISTINE B. WHITE-TAYLOR – Performance/Quality Improvement Coordinator – Every Child, Inc.

GAIL WHITEHEAD – Student Support Coordinator – Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council

TAMARA L. WHITING – National Sales Director – VisitPittsburgh

LISA A. WILDS – Sr. Residential Mortgage Loan Officer – First Niagara Bank


DETECTIVE CHRISTINE WILLIAMS – Detective – City of Pittsburgh Police

DENISE L. WILLIAMS – Executive Director – Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center

DR. ERROLINE WILLIAMS– Director, Professional Development and Corporate Outreach – Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement

GAYLE M. YOUNG – Executive Director – United Way of Lawrence County

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