2012 Women of Spirit® Awards Event Set for April 11!
Carlow University and the Carlow Women of Spirit® Institute are pleased to announce the 2012 Women of Spirit® Awards, honoring four local women. A fifth award—the national Woman of Spirit® Legacy Award—will be presented posthumously to Maggie Daley, the former first lady of Chicago. The Women of Spirit® Awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in downtown Pittsburgh. The awards program will be preceded by a reception beginning at 6:00 p.m.
National Legacy Award: An Honorable First Lady
Maggie Daley, the former first lady of Chicago, a supporter of the city's cultural and educational programs, was born and raised in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Her grandfather is Francis Edward McGillick, a Pittsburgh business man and devout Catholic, who formed the Francis Edward McGillick Foundation in 1937 to provide educational opportunities for the less fortunate. The McGillick Foundation funded Carlow's Hill College in 1998, and continues its philanthropy with McGillick Scholarships, awarded to qualified Carlow students. Daley passed away in November 2011, following a courageous battle with cancer.
The focus of Daley’s public career was Chicago’s After School Matters program, which today gives thousands of Chicago public high school students the opportunity to excel in areas such as robotics, sports, dance, jazz, book clubs, and urban farming. She was also the recipient of numerous awards including, most recently, the Leadership Award from the Kuwait-America Foundation.
|Anne Martindale Williams
National Award: A Lifetime of Memorable Performances
Anne Martindale Williams is the principal cellist and Pittsburgh Symphony Association Chair for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Throughout her 33-year tenure with the orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.
A Pittsburgh resident, Williams divides her time between the orchestra, teaching at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities, and solo and chamber music performances in America, Europe, and the Far East. She has appeared in several nationally televised productions including “Concertos,” produced by the BBC, and “Previn and the Pittsburgh,” produced by WQED. She also is a member of the Carnegie-Mellon Trio, which performs throughout the United States.
Values Award: Good Service Is Good Business
|Kim Tillotson Fleming
Kim Tillotson Fleming is chairman and chief executive officer of Hefren-Tillotson
, Inc., named #1 Best Place to Work in Western Pennsylvania in 2011 in the large company category.
A former co-chair of the United Way Women's Leadership Council, Fleming has devoted much of her life to service—including participation in 2009 mission trips to South Africa, to help build a church, and to Iowa, to help rebuild homes devastated by flooding. That same year, she was voted one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the Pittsburgh Business Times.
Among Fleming’s other honors are inclusion in Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's 2003 “Pennsylvania’s 50 Best Women in Business,” the 2005 YWCA A Tribute to Women Leadership award for business, and 2010 and 2011 selection as one of Pittsburgh’s FIVE STAR Wealth Managers, honoring her strengths in client service. She was also a 2004 and 2011 Athena Award finalist.
Scholarship Award: Service in Education
|Katherine Donahue Freyvogel
Katherine Donahue Freyvogel is president of Oakland Catholic High School. Her Mercy roots—she is a 1966 graduate of Our Lady of Mercy Academy—have led her to a career of service and volunteerism, including more than 30 years with St. Lucy's Auxiliary to the Blind and more than two decades as a member of the 25 Club of Magee Women's Hospital, dedicated to raising funds for neonatal research.
In 1988, because of her involvement in support of Catholic education, Freyvogel was invited to serve as president of the board of directors of Oakland Catholic High School, and, in 1997, she was named the school’s president. She has spearheaded a major capital campaign to renovate and expand Oakland Catholic’s physical plant.
Freyvogel is currently the Dame of Magisterial Grace for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta Federal Association. She previously served on the St. Vincent Seminary Board of Regents, the National Advisory Council of the National Association of Catholic Bishops, and the Epiphany Association. In 2003, she was named a Dame of the Papal Oder of St. Gregory by then-Bishop of Pittsburgh, Donald W. Wuerl.
Vision Award: Blazing a Trail for Women in Business
|Karen Dunn Kelley
Karen Dunn Kelley is chief executive officer of Invesco Fixed Income. A member of Invesco’s executive management and worldwide institutional strategy committees, her other roles at Invesco include president and principal executive officer of Short-Term Investments Trust and AIM Treasurer’s Series Trust, and member of the board for the Short-Term Investments Company (Global Series) plc, AIM Global Management Company, Ltd., and Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc.
Dunn Kelley is dedicated to making a difference in her home community. She is a Carlow University trustee and is currently serving as the Spring 2012 Executive-in-Residence for Carlow’s MBA program. Her volunteer efforts extend, as well, to the Campus School of Carlow University (grades K-8), where she has served as a member of its advisory groups.
Dunn Kelley also serves on the board of directors for Magee-Women’s Research Institute and Foundation. In 2010, she was honored by Oakland Catholic High School as a Leading Lady. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Pittsburgh Business Times Diamond Award.
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Women of Spirit®
Named Carlow Laureates
Two Women of Spirit® will receive the 2012 Carlow Laureate Award at the University’s May Commencement. Michele Rehfeld Atkins (’82, Woman of Spirit® 2001) and Michele Fabrizi (’75, Woman of Spirit® 2000) will be recognized for their professional achievement, leadership, and embodiment of the mission and values of Carlow University in their personal lives.
|Michele Rehfeld Atkins
Atkins is president and CEO of Heritage Community Initiatives
, a not-for-profit organization based in Braddock, Pa. She has more than 30 years of not-for-profit management, strategic planning, fundraising, and governance experience.
Prior to her work with Heritage, Atkins worked professionally for organizations including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the American Lung Association, Gilda’s Club of New York City, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and the Child Care Center in Bethel Park, Pa.
Atkins has continued to give back to her alma mater. Her $1.5 million gift this past October endowed the “Michele R. Atkins Endowed Chair for Ethics Across the Curriculum" to expand the study and application of ethics in the University's academic programs. She is also a member of Carlow’s board of trustees.
Michele Fabrizi is president and CEO of MARC USA
, the largest advertising agency in Western Pennsylvania. Respected as a leading professional in her field, Fabrizi was cited by Adweek
as one of the outstanding women in advertising.
Fabrizi was the first woman to chair the United Way’s annual campaign for the Pittsburgh region. Dedicated to the arts in Pittsburgh, she serves as chair of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Opera and is a member of the board of directors of the Andy Warhol Museum.
MARC USA established the Michele S. Fabrizi Woman of Spirit® Endowed Scholarship at Carlow in honor of Fabrizi. The “value-added” scholarship, which offers a paid internship at MARC USA, in addition to scholarship support, has become a model for other endowed scholarships.
The two other recipients of 2012 Laureate Awards are Patricia G. Donohoe ’75, co-founder of TBM Staffing, Inc. and the Medical Staffing Network (MSN), and Marilyn Radke, MD ’73, medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based in Atlanta, Ga.
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$5 Million Gift to Establish the
Rita M. McGinley
Center for Student Success
Rita M. McGinley (’40, Woman of Spirit® 2001) has given Carlow University $5 million, the largest gift in its history, to create and endow the Rita M. McGinley Center for Student Success.
|Rita M. McGinley
McGinley, who grew up in Braddock, Pa., was a biology major who taught science for many years, first in the General Braddock and then the Woodland Hills School District. "I came to Carlow and never regretted it for a second," Ms. McGinley said. "I had many wonderful teachers and made many dear friends. I gave this gift so that Carlow can use it to help people have the same experience I did."
The Rita M. McGinley Center for Student Success is at the core of the newly envisioned Carlow University Learning Commons. Located in the repurposed Grace Library at the center of campus, the new Learning Commons will become a focal point of the Carlow student experience.
"We are so grateful for this generous gift," said Dr. Mary Hines, president of Carlow University. "Carlow stands at a defining moment in its 83-year history. This leadership gift to create, equip, and endow the Rita M. McGinley Center for Student Success will enable us to support holistic student learning in new and advanced ways."
The new Center will integrate an array of faculty and student services that support student and faculty learning. It will include Carlow's Center for Academic Achievement, the Learning Laboratory for Math Education, the Service Learning Center, the Mercy Center for Service, the Center for Global Studies, the Center for Faculty Excellence, and Academic Advising. Carlow also plans additional learning laboratories, including a Literacy Lab in Writing and Technology and a Language Lab to support global education.
"The Rita M. McGinley Center for Student Success will allow us to integrate the learning support and student engagement components of the University and create a seamless juncture between classroom instruction and out-of-class engagement," noted Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Margaret McLaughlin, PhD.
Reflecting Rita McGinley's professional life in education, both as a teacher and as a counselor, The Rita M. McGinley Center for Student Success will embody her understanding, support, and care for students' learning needs. Her gift will help to ensure that these needs are met and will stand as a permanent tribute to this accomplished, compassionate, and generous graduate of Carlow University.
"Mount Mercy College, then Carlow College, and now Carlow University grows stronger and better able to serve its mission, thanks to the generosity of our alumnae and friends," said Karen Galentine, Vice President for University Advancement.
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Spread the Spirit and Jumpstart a Career!
2012 Women of Spirit® Institute Summer Workshops
Offer Exciting New Opportunities
Create connections for future Women of Spirit!® Spread the word about the 2012 Women of Spirit Institute® Summer Workshops.
New this year is Pre-Law and Order: the Summer Advocates Academy, Pittsburgh’s only pre-professional program focusing on legal careers for women. Girls entering grades 11 and 12—as well as first, second, and third year college women—will learn how to think and speak like advocates, read and brief cases, and prepare and test for college or law school admission. They will also visit law schools and network with successful women in the law.
All four summer workshops give young women the opportunity to explore potential professions along with a taste of the college experience. For more information and an application, visit www.carlow.edu/summerworkshops.
Pre-Law and Order
June 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2012
A four-day pre-professional workshop that focuses on law school preparation and careers for women in the law. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors and first, second, and third year female college students.
Prepare to Care
July 10, 11, and 12, 2012
A three-day summer workshop for high school girls interested in health care professions. This interactive program provides hands-on experience and a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about health professions from expert University faculty, nurses, and other health care specialists.
Summer Science Nation
July 17, 18, and 19, 2012
A three-day program that introduces young women to career options in science. Through hands-on lab experiments, field trips to Pittsburgh’s research and industry facilities, and meetings with scientists in the field, students gain insight into a broad range of opportunities.
(Environmental Career Opportunities)
July 17, 18, and 19, 2012
Environment, energy, and sustainability—three core themes to be familiar with when pursuing a career in environmental and green sciences. This three-day program will focus on one theme each day. Participants will visit with professionals at several Pittsburgh area sites, gaining firsthand knowledge about new and emerging opportunities right here in our region.
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Leslie Braksick (Woman of Spirit® 2002) presented “The Secrets of My Success: A Teacher-Student Affair; An Arranged Marriage; and Women Being Considered Second Class Citizens” as part of the Bethlehem Haven Lecture Series, Helping Women Helps the World during a February 8, 2012 luncheon at Pittsburgh’s Fairmont Hotel. All attendees received a copy of her best-selling book, Unlock Behavior, Unleash Profits: Developing Leadership Behavior that Drives Profitability in Your Organization. A nationally known executive coach, entrepreneur, consultant, and author, Braksick is the co-founder of the Pittsburgh-based Continuous Learning Group.
Cecile Springer (Woman of Spirit® 1995) was the recipient of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Engagement award. She received the award at 20th annual Racial Justice Awards Program held at the Westin Convention Center on November 16, 2011. A former national spokesperson for Westinghouse’s Advanced Energy Systems Division and president of the Westinghouse Foundation, Springer is noted for her achievements in the fields of chemistry, regional land use planning, environmental analysis, and advanced alternative energy technologies.
Louise Malakoff (Woman of Spirit® 2002) and her husband, Michael, have been awarded this year’s “Open Doors” award from Pittsburgh’s Temple Sinai for their distinguished commitment to the mission of Temple Sinai and the welfare of the Jewish community.
Ellie Wymard, PhD (Woman of Spirit® 1995), professor of English, director of the MFA program, and founder of the Women’s Studies Program at Carlow University, presented “Add Woman and Stir: A Textbook Recipe” in Carlow’s Kresge Theatre on March 15 in honor of Women’s History Month. Wymard is the author of Talking Steel Towns: The Men and Women of America’s Steel Valley (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2007); Conversations with Uncommon Women: Insights from Women Who’ve Risen above Life’s Challenges to Achieve Extraordinary Success (AMACOM, 1999); Men on Divorce (Hay House, 1994); and Divorced Women, New Lives (Ballantine, 1990).
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