The Pennsylvania chapter of the National Diversity Council held its 2018 Pittsburgh Leadership Conference on October 23, 2018 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. The event brought together business and community leaders from the greater Pittsburgh area to share essential leadership skills and diversity & inclusion best practices – items key to sustaining a thriving workplace culture and contribute to business growth. The conference was comprised of multiple panel sessions and a keynote speaker that discussed topics relating to the conference theme of “Inclusion: The Source of Innovation.”

The morning breakfast opened with the recognition of the 2018 Award Recipients who were selected based on their dedication to leading with influence and integrity as well as their passion for developing others’ careers (full list of recipients below.) Donna Brazile, Veteran Democratic Political Strategist and Founder and Managing Director of Brazile & Associates LLC, served as the Keynote Speaker and shared her story about how we need to champion diversity & inclusion now more than ever.

The National Diversity Council thanks the following sponsor organizations for their support of the 2018 Pittsburgh Leadership Conference: Direct Energy, FedEx Ground, Reed Smith, and SAP. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee for next year’s 9th annual Pittsburgh Leadership Conference, please reach out to Kate Padula at [email protected]

2018 Most Powerful & Influential Women Award

Nicolle Snyder Bagnell – Partner, Reed Smith
Kimberly A. Brown – Partner, Jones Day
Melissa J. Tea – Partner, K&L Gates
Madelyn Toliver – Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, PNC Financial Services Group

2018 Leadership Excellence Award

Tarek F. Abdalla – Partner and Member of the Diversity Committee, Reed Smith
Tami Minnier – Chief Quality Officer, UPMC
Ellen Whittingham – Global Director, Talent & Organizational Effectiveness, Matthews International

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