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Balance the Scales: Mentors and Sponsors

Tuesday, September 26, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
305 Wood St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Women Need Women Mentors!

Mentors support professional success and economic empowerment, but almost half of women report not having them. Let's Balance the Scales! Join us as we learn about the significance of surrounding yourself with people committed to your success. 

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Ayana Ledford

Ayana Ledford is a national lecturer highly sought by nonprofits, corporations, government agencies, and academic institutions that aim to improve diversity and inclusion in all facets of their organization. She is an expert on multiple factors influencing women's long-term career success and utilizes negotiation as an essential leadership skill within her program offerings.

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Olivia Benson

Olivia Benson is a civic technology, public policy, political advocacy, and public affairs professional with a proven track record of promoting advocacy causes, securing financial support for organizations, and spearheading community engagement initiatives for government, private, and non-profit sectors.

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Jocelyn Horner

Dr. Horner has served as lead staff member for Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's Charm Bracelet Project and Director of Operations for Carnegie Mellon University's Hear Me initiative. In addition, she has worked directly with diverse groups of women, girls, and children as a career mentor, volunteer coach, teacher, and Big Sister.

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Marsha Jones

Marsha Jones is an accomplished financial services executive with a consistent cumulative record of achievement at world class financial services organizations. In the male-dominated field of finance, Marsha has risen to the top, currently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for PNC Financial Services Group. Marsha serves as President of the YW's Board of Directors.

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Alka Patel

Alka Patel is the Deputy Director of the Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center at Carnegie Mellon University.  In her position, she is responsible for creating, implementing, and executing daily and long-term strategic, operational, and financial business plans for the Center which is focused on areas of data analytics, cyber-security/privacy, and artificial intelligence.

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Door prizes and Heavy hors d’oeuvres
(21+ must provide ID)

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Event Partners:
Association of Fundraising Professionals Western Pennsylvania 
Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics at Chatham University 
Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP)

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