Each week this summer we will feature our “Fabulous Five on Friday,” highlighting WGF’s Celebrating Women! Having a Global Impact nominees and the wonderful work they are doing. This year, the Women and Girls Foundation is focusing on women from this region, who through their work are sharing their passion for global change with our city and having an impact far beyond Pittsburgh.
We are inspired by their work, and we cannot wait to share their stories with you! Please join us every Friday this summer to read about this group of amazing women who are bringing the world to this region and this region to the world.
Tacy Byham, Ph.D.’s company’s products create “better leaders for life”. Over 50% of her business is outside the US where the services are adapted to meet global and cultural needs, and recently SPARK has been established to offer leadership services to nonprofit organizations globally.
Michele Cahill works to educate teachers and students of all ages about inter-governance, global problems, and Pittsburgh’s ever-increasing global character.
Mara Cregan Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA)
Mara Cregan is a nationally recognized educator uniting her young artists of the Pittsburgh area with the larger world.
Dr. Miriam Cremer is a global leader in women’s health and sociomedical innovator whose work is revolutionizing cervical cancer prevention in developing countries.
Through the institute she created, Simin Curtis brings together leaders in business, education and culture in Pittsburgh and the Middle East, and believes that these kinds of connections and community events are the best way to promote understanding and build friendships and partnerships between America and the MENA countries (Middle East & North Africa).
Elizabeth Niecy Dennis empowers disadvantaged youth in Kenya and the United States to participate in a training series leading towards economic self-sufficiency through peace and employability.
Kathleen Musante DeWalt uses her unique experience from leading a small business run by women from low-income villages in Ecuador to promote Latin America within the University community.
Anne Nemer Dhanda is responsible for the global leadership programs across the world and has created the global program for emerging talent–exposing high potentials to other cultures in order to develop future managers with a global perspective.
M. Bernardine Dias, through her research group TechBridgeWorld, builds partnerships with underserved communities internationally to create culturally appropriate technology that adheres to each community’s vision of progress, and to inspire and train future researchers and technologists
Adriana Dobrzycka mobilizes and grows the visibility of Pittsburgh’s diverse communities and works to educate Pittsburgh on the value of immigration and foreign-born talent.
Mari C. Dumbaugh is an Independent Consultant in Global Health, specializing in Maternal, Child, and Newborn Health. She lives between Pittsburgh and Zurich, Switzerland and most recently joined a research team working with academics from the European Union and the World Health Organization to update health promotion recommendations to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes in low and middle income countries.
Karen Wolk Feinstein uses models of quality improvement from around the world to redefine the nation and region’s understanding of healthcare safety, quality, and efficiency.
Marylouise Fennell, RSM works nationally and internationally with universities to create their own system of accreditation and builds collaborations to provide international vision and reciprocity in education.
Dr. Zipora “Tsipy” Gur, as Executive Director and Founder of Classrooms Without Borders, has created outstanding professional development programs for hundreds of high-school and university teachers and students, offering international study and travel seminars to Poland, Germany, and Israel; participants experience Holocaust history “on site”—-countries serving as textbooks—-and are also immersed in the complex relationships that exist among today’s cultures, people, socioeconomic and governmental structures.
Loretta Hanwell introduces medical professionals to global healthcare through enriching interactions with foreign visitors in the medical field.
Melanie Harrington works to attract, retain, welcome and elevate diverse talent from around the globe and the region and strives to make Pittsburgh a more inclusive city.
Stephany Hartstirn used her time on deployment to Afghanistan to provide humanitarian aid, short-term medical assistance, and to teach English to women and children
affected by the war.
Sharyn Henry shares the skill of knitting as a form of relaxation, comfort and recovery, an opportunity for social interaction, and as a potential source of income to women affected by the earthquake in Haiti.
Dr. Sharon Hillier is an internationally recognized microbiologist working towards the development of products which can empower women around the world to protect themselves from STIs, including HIV.
Kathleen Hower co-founded and leads Global Links, a medical relief and development organization that recovers and distributes surplus from Pittsburgh-area hospitals, diverting it from landfills to resource-poor communities around the world.
Nancy A. Hubley works to ensure that all Pennsylvania’s children have access to a quality public education. She has worked locally and successfully to protect the educational rights of Somali Bantu students and other immigrants and refugees and to integrate them into our school system.
Katie Jones Silk Screen: Asian Arts Organization & Film Festival
Katie Jones is celebrating the diversity of women as creators and crafts(wo)men during the Film Festival and year-round Asian-culture events.
Jenna Knapp turns trash in some of the poorest countries in the world into dignified, sustainable jobs and stuff people love through economic development, job training, and responsible supply chain management.
Tavia La Follette produces exhibitions and performances that bring artists from all over the world to work with our community to build a language of peace through art.
B.J. Leber uses her various positions of leadership to represent our region globally, from providing medical supplies and services, to inviting international leaders and visitors to our region.
Amiena Mahsoob engages teachers and students through discussions with peers around the world to connect them to a wide range of global issues.
Serena Mani, as the Outreach Leader on the Girls of Steel robotics team, worked to inspire girls to pursue careers in STEM fields through interactive projects, both locally and across Africa.
Karin Mayr is helping women in the US and in Europe provide for their families by the creation and home party selling of jewelry.
Janet McCall celebrates and champions diverse, non-mainstream artists from many cultures and shares their work and views with the Pittsburgh community.
Ali McMutrie provides emotional care and counseling to stabilize the lives of families in crisis in Haiti to enable them to keep their children out of orphanages.
Cindy McNulty drives young women to find their role on the global stage through a curriculum that incorporates a mission for global citizenship in many areas of study.
Angela Miller McGraw, as the manager of the Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, organizes a summit for students from around the world to develop ethical leaders who affect global and local change.
Zineb Outnouna helps our region gain meaningful language skills in order to better compete in the global market.
Suzi Pegg Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Suzi Pegg markets Pittsburgh’s superior location for business investment to foreign companies to bring economic growth to our city.
Annie Prucey promotes informed and independent thinking about global issues to students and educators throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Sandra Reiman provides Colombian leather artisans with the opportunity for economic self-sufficiency through the sale of handcrafted, high quality luxury handbags in our region and beyond.
Prabha Sankaranarayan supports interfaith dialogues, women impacted by war and former warriors, through peace-building training and facilitating open dialogues.
Mila Sanina manages online operations of the Post-Gazette including coverage of the events that focus on Pittsburgh and its international connections to engage the community in relevant, interesting discussions.
Alberta Sbragia bridges the gap between Pittsburgh and the European Union by piquing students’ interest in the EU in one of the most successful centers in its field.
Gail Shrott connects emerging international leaders to the Pittsburgh region’s expertise and to its people through the design of itineraries.
Kathy Keim Surma helps girls in Zimbabwe to stay in school and empower themselves through small businesses by organizing the distribution of sustainable, reusable sanitary napkins.
Kristen Tsapis empowers gender equality by connecting Somali Bantu refugee women, girls and families in Pittsburgh with community resources to support their empowerment, self-advocacy, education and assimilation while bridging cultural differences.
Jane Werner created a community of inclusion and collaboration on Pittsburgh’s north side, while introducing our city at a young age to the rich cultures of other nations.
Dr. Theresa Whiteside Nimick has impacted nearly every type of cancer research, and has helped change the way that cancer is studied and treated across the world.