PITTSBURGH—The 2016 Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards recipient is Audrey Dunning, CEO at Summa. She was presented with the award—recognizing professional excellence, contributions to the community and mentorship of other women—at the 26th annual ATHENA Award luncheon, convened by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel on Sept. 26.
Also recognized was Urban Innovation21’s Marteen Garay, the 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient.
Named for the Greek goddess of strength and wisdom, the ATHENA Awards are unique among regional honors for professional women because of the focus on developing the next generation of leaders through mentorship.
“Women leaders are making a difference in Pittsburgh every day, and our 2016 recipients—and all of our nominees—deserve this unique recognition for their contributions, professional and personal. They are positively impacting the lives of many people in our region while helping other women, in particular, to reach their full potential,” said Allegheny Conference CFO Janel Skelley.
The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes leaders 35-years-old and younger, and celebrates excellence among the region’s growing population of younger women who will be the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow.
Garay is the director of entrepreneur programming at Urban Innovation21.
In her role, she develops entrepreneurial programs and educational workshops and connects startups to business development opportunities. She is described by a colleague as “an agent of change…one who believes and works for a Pittsburgh that is thriving, equitable and inclusive.”
Garay also co-founded Invest In Her Pittsburgh,
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