Women of Achievement

1410 900 Cribs for Kids

15th Annual

Women of Achievement Awards

Thursday, March 12, 2020

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Omni William Penn Hotel

Grand Ballroom

Pittsburgh, PA




to our 2019 Distinguished Women of Achievement Honorees

  • Dr. Lisa M. Abel-Palmieri, PhD: Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania
  • Heather Abraham: KDKA TV
  • Rosemary C. Crawford: Crawford McDonald, LLC
  • LaRae Danielle Cullens: Dream2S.T.E.A.M, A Child’s Place Inc., Wright Childcare Solutions
  • Kierra Falbo, MPO: Orthotics Resident at the University of Michigan
  • Susan Fancsali: USA Ambassador Ms. Pennsylvania
  • Renee DeMichiei Farrow: Architectural Innovations
  • Anissa Gilbert: PNC Bank
  • Claire Guth: University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center
  • Dr. Karen Hall, MSOL, Ed.D: ESPN3 Sports Broadcasting Company
  • Sarah Homitsky, MD: Allegheny Health Network
  • Magdeline Jensen: Retired, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
  • Katharine Kelleman: Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Heather Lyke: University of Pittsburgh Athletics
  • Christina Orr Magulick: Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
  • Lauren McLean: The Still Remembered Project
  • Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki, PhD: Community College of Allegheny County
  • Pamela Pitell: Don Parker Sales Inc
  • Christine Ree: Township of Moon
  • Diane Scabilloni: First National Bank
  • Dana Slizik: Dana Ann Slizik Consulting
  • Victoria Snyder, M.Ed, MSLP: Ya Momz House, Inc., Hip-Hop on L.O.C.K., OpticVoices
  • Grainne Trainor: Blue North Restaurant
  • Tomilyn Ward LPC, MPC, NCC: MAYA Organization
  • Antonia Whitehead M.S.Ed.: Holy Family Institute

Meet the 2019 Women of Achievement Honorees

Introduction and Presentation of the

Laura Ditka Award for Advocacy and Service

Laura Ditka was a Woman of Achievement in 2008 for child advocacy.  Her life revolved around serving others as she dedicated her life to public service, law enforcement, and supporting victims.  Laura spent her legal career as a prosecutor serving for 25 years in the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office, before joining the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office as supervisor of the western region criminal division. She unexpectedly passed away in October 2018 at the age of 55.  In her honor, we are introducing the Laura Ditka Award for Advocacy and Service that will be awarded each year at this event.  Her family will be accepting the award this year as celebration of Laura’s extraordinary life and example of an inspirational Woman of Achievement.

and the

2019 National Junior Woman of Achievement Award

Isabella Chavez: Cribs Without Borders

Isabella Chavez was nominated and selected to be the first recipient of The National Junior Woman of Achievement Award.  This award honors a young woman who is doing extraordinary things like achievements in academics, service and leadership. Isabella is an inspiring 16-year-old who exemplifies all of the qualities of a Junior Woman of Achievement.  Her drive and compassion for others has led her to create a non-profit organization, Cribs Without Borders.  The mission statement of Cribs without Borders is “providing a safe sleeping environment to less fortunate newborns across all borders.”   She raises the funds necessary to purchase cribs and delivers the cribs to the families in need in Mexico.  We are excited to introduce the first National Junior Woman of Achievement Award and to honor to Isabella for her accomplishments with the award. 

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor


Honorary Sponsors


Thank you to our Silent Auction Partners!

*Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  *Pittsburgh Public Theatre  *Pittsburgh Festival Opera  *Geneva on the Lake Resort  *Oglebay Resort  *Valleybrook Country Club  *Dive Bar  *Barre 3 Southpointe  *Pittsburgh Winery  *Magic Wand Princess Parties  *University of Pittsburgh Athletics  *Plant Lady  *Minky Blankets  *Jim & Electra Agras Foundation – Indoor Cycle Bike – LoveSac Gaming Chair  *Wholey’s  *Omni William Penn Hotel  *East End Food Co-Op  *Quicksilver Golf Club  *Pasta Too  *My Pillow  *Howl at the Moon  *Top Golf  *Bend the Bridge Yoga  *Precision Copy Products  *First and Goal Sports  *Arsenal Bowl  *PA Libations  *My Blanquil  *Thunderdome Restaurant Group  *Seth Beckerman  *Pardini Personal Training  *Painting with a Twist-Pittsburgh-Southside
About the Event
Each year, Cribs for Kids hosts a gathering to celebrate successful and prominent women from Pittsburgh. Honorees are nominated and selected based on excellence in their field, making a significant contribution to the betterment of their communities, or outstanding accomplishments for the advancement of women.
Women’s History Month is an important time of year to honor some of the best of the best in the Pittsburgh area. It is an annual declaration, highlighting the contributions of women to remarkable successes in our city’s history.
Each year, the Women of Achievement Awards launches the month’s activities in the city, with proceeds from the event benefiting Cribs for Kids, a National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative founded in Pittsburgh in 1998.

Women of Achievement 2019


Maggie Phoenik at mphoenik@cribsforkids.org or 412-322-5680 ex117