2016 Pittsburgh Women in Leadership Symposium


The Pennsylvania Diversity Council hosted its 2016 Pittsburgh Women in Leadership Symposium at Duquesne University on June 15th. This annual event attracted attendees from across the state who gathered to hear from local executives about their insights regarding the event theme of “Securing Your Place at the Table.”

“The event provided a platform for dialogue on issues relating to women in the workplace” said Angeles Valenciano, CEO of the National Diversity Council. “We’re glad to offer aspiring female leaders in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and advice from local executives that they can apply to their careers.”

The half-day event featured multiple business leaders from various organizations discussing topics such as “Developing Political Savvy,” “Stop Networking and Start Making Connections,” and “Becoming a Person of Influence.” The symposiums began with a welcome and formal introduction of the participating panelists. Each panelist was able to address a specific topic of discussion in addition to engaging with the other panelists regarding the panel topics. Question and answer sessions were also held during the event, promoting participation amongst attendees.

The Pennsylvania Diversity Council would like to thank the event sponsors for their support of the Women in Leadership Symposium: Duquesne University, Bayer, and MSA Global. Special thanks to all the volunteers, speakers and attendees for helping to make this event a success.

Photos and the program booklet from the symposium can be found here.


  • Kanya Boswell, President, BNY Mellon Foundation
  • Nancilee Burzachechi, J.D., Director, Gov. Relations & External Affairs, Community College of Allegheny County
  • Aleta Richards, Vice President, PCS Regional, Covestro LLC
  • Dodi Walker Gross, Partner, Reed Smith, LLP
  • Susan Yohe, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC


  • Mona Dine, Director of Talent Management, HarbisonWalker International

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