The Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Scholarship recognizes the contributions of retired Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce President Barbara McNees, who for decades actively encouraged and supported the development of women leaders across the Pittsburgh region. The scholarship, a competitive award, pays the recipient’s tuition for attendance to an executive education program at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business: the Carnegie Mellon Leadership & Negotiation Academy for Women. The academy was founded by the late 2011 ATHENA Award Recipient M.J. Tocci.
The Negotiation Academy consists of six two-day modules beginning in September 2017 and concluding in March 2018. Scholarship recipients need not be otherwise enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University. The deadline to apply for the scholarship for 2017-2018 is 5 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2017.
Rosamaria Cristello is the director of Latino Family Center in Hazelwood, one of 10 Allegheny Intermediate Unit facilities that provide families parent education, child development and school. A resident of Point Breeze, Cristello holds bachelor’s degrees in GIS mapping and environmental planning and development from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she directed a Latino student recruitment and retention effort. She is co-chair of Allegheny County’s Immigrants and Internationals Advisory Council.
Barbara McNees retired from the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce in 2013 after a career spent building consensus among business, community and civic leaders in the service of increasing economic opportunity across southwestern Pennsylvania. Among her lasting achievements has been the 1990 founding of the ATHENA Awards Program of Greater Pittsburgh, recognizing women who, through mentorship, help other women to succeed
Each year the Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Scholarship will provide one woman age 35 or younger the the opportunity to attend, tuition-free, the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women. (Part of the executive education program at CMU’s Tepper School of Business, the academy was founded by the late M.J. Tocci, the 2011 ATHENA Award winner.) The deadline to apply is July 29, 2016 for the academy session that begins Sept. 23, 2016. Learn more about the academy’s 100-hour certificate program here.
In order to grant an annual Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Scholarship in perpetuity, the founding scholarship committee established a $300,000 fundraising goal. The Allegheny Conference on Community Development is the fiscal agent for the scholarship funds. The following individuals and organizations – all drivers in the region for advancing, attracting and recognizing female talent and leadership – supported the fund from its 2015 founding.
Elsie H. Hillman Foundation
Prior to Elsie Hillman's passing in August 2015, she guaranteed the funding of the first Spirit of ATHENA Scholarship as the first individual to pledge financial support.
You or your organization can contribute to the development of women’s leadership across the Pittsburgh region. Email ATHENA@alleghenyconference.org to learn more. Contributions of $100 or more to the Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Scholarship are welcome and may be mailed to Spirit of ATHENA Scholarship Fund c/o Allegheny Conference on Community Development. 11 Stanwix St., 17th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Contributions to the Allegheny Conference on Community Development may be deductible (to the extent allowed by law) because it is a 501(c)(3) organization. The Allegheny Conference will provide contribution deductibility information in an appropriate receipt following payment of the contribution.
The official registration and disclosure information of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.