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2024 Pittsburgh Women in Leadership Symposium

2024 Pittsburgh

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM

"Leading with Heart: Empathy, Ethics & Excellence"

2023 RECAP

March 26, 2024
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)

Robert Morris University
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Theme
Leading with Heart: Empathy, Ethics & Excellence
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The Women in Leadership Symposium is a dedicated event that brings together accomplished women leaders, aspiring leaders, and advocates for gender diversity in various industries. The primary objectives of the symposium are to inspire, educate, and empower women to thrive in leadership roles and to promote gender equity and inclusivity in the workplace. This year's symposium theme is, Leading with Heart: Empathy, Ethics & Excellence," which celebrates and explores the importance of compassion, ethics, and excellence in leadership, particularly as they relate to women leaders. Attendees will gain valuable insights, advice, and connections, making the Women in Leadership Symposium an essential platform for advancing women's representation and influence in leadership positions.


Panelists

Melinda Black
Melinda
Black
Regional Vice President
Ulta Beauty
Melinda Black
Melinda Black
Regional Vice President
Ulta Beauty

Melinda Black is a Regional Vice President at ULTA Beauty, leading an area based in Pennsylvania, and 6 surrounding states. It is the mission of ULTA to use the power of beauty to bring to life the possibilities that lie within each of us – inspiring every guest and enabling each associate to build a fulfilling career. Melinda has served on the Board of Directors of Dress for Success – Pittsburgh since 2017 and is currently the President of the Board. She was drawn to the purpose, enabling women to break the cycle of poverty, empowering women to obtain safer, and better futures for themselves, and their families. She also serves as a Co-Chair of the Women’s Business Resource Group at ULTA Beauty. Melinda is a Pennsylvania native, graduate of Penn State University, and has spent the last 22 years in Pittsburgh. She is currently in Wexford with her husband Kirk, and three children, Andrew, Addie, and Aspen.

Lisa Hernandez
Lisa
Hernandez
Vice President of People and Culture
Robert Morris University
Lisa Hernandez
Lisa Hernandez
Vice President of People and Culture
Robert Morris University

Lisa Hernandez is the Vice President of People and Culture at Robert Morris University. In this capacity, she oversees the following: Human Resources, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, and Title IX/Student Equity. Lisa is passionate about creating a positive experience and sense of belonging for both students and employees. Lisa is a seasoned civil rights litigator who came to higher education in 2018 after serving for thirteen years as a Senior Trial Attorney with the Pittsburgh Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In that capacity, she brought federal actions against private employers under federal anti-discrimination laws. Prior to her tenure at EEOC, Lisa clerked for federal and state court judges, and worked as an associate at Reed Smith. She received both her JD and BA (International Relations) from the University of Pennsylvania and is in the process of earning her MBA at Robert Morris University.

Chatón T. Turner, Esq.
Chatón
T. Turner, Esq.
Senior Associate Counsel and Vice President Risk Management/Disabilities Services
UPMC
Chatón T. Turner, Esq.
Chatón T. Turner, Esq.
Senior Associate Counsel and Vice President Risk Management/Disabilities Services
UPMC

Chatón T. Turner, Esq. has a passion for equity and risk management. Currently, she is Senior Associate Counsel and Vice President Risk Management/Disabilities Services at UPMC. She also manages the UPMC Intermediation Program, an alternative dispute resolution program for patient grievances. Because of these efforts, Chatón was asked to become an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Chatón is a graduate of The University of Virginia and the University of South Carolina School of Law. She also has executive leadership certificates from The Tepper School of Business and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. She has a robust history of community service. She is currently serving on the board of the FISA Foundation, which was involved in the creation of the UPMC Disabilities Resource Center. She is currently the Vice President of the FISA Foundation board. Besides being an attorney, professor, and philanthropist, Chatón is a wife and mother to three children. She discusses her life’s journey in a personal blog called "Chatón's World”. The purpose of the blog is to support working mother on their journey. She has been quoted in several books and publications including the New York Times.

Madelyn Toliver
Madelyn
Toliver
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
PNC Financial Services Group
Madelyn Toliver
Madelyn Toliver
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
PNC Financial Services Group

Tanya Vokes
Tanya
Vokes
CEO
Dress for Success Pittsburgh
Tanya Vokes
Tanya Vokes
CEO
Dress for Success Pittsburgh

Tanya Vokes is Chief Executive Officer at Dress for Success Pittsburgh, a local nonprofit that empowers women who are entering or returning to the workforce. After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in human resources and a master’s degree in industrial labor relations, Tanya began her career in corporate human resources with roles in workforce development, recruitment, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Following her passion for supporting and advocating for women in the workforce, Tanya joined Dress for Success Pittsburgh in 2013 as Director of Programs & Operations. Since becoming the organization’s CEO in 2017, Tanya has focused on launching mobile services and virtual resources to remove barriers many women in this region face when working to obtain and retain employment, including lack of adequate transportation and childcare. Under Tanya’s leadership, Dress for Success Pittsburgh has continued to grow, empowering thousands of women across the region each year by providing them with work appropriate clothing, connections to needed resources, and employment readiness support they need to feel strong and confident as they take the next step in their career journey. A Pittsburgh native, Tanya is a graduate of the Leadership Pittsburgh XXXVI Class and a 2020 ATHENA Award Program of Greater Pittsburgh finalist. She was appointed to the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission and founded the Women & Girls Nonprofit Leadership Forum in 2023 and serves as a member of the Westmoreland County Health Advisory Board.


Moderator

Mona Dine
Mona
Dine
Head of Talent Management & Corporate Human Resources
United States Steel Corporation
Mona Dine
Mona Dine
Head of Talent Management & Corporate Human Resources
United States Steel Corporation

Mona Dine, Head of Talent Management & Corporate Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer, United States Steel Corporation: Mona Dine is an accomplished Human Resources leader with over 20 years of experience. As a talent management leader across a variety of industries, her expertise is utilized to develop impactful leaders, create engaging and inclusive work environments and promote talent practices that drive performance and business results. Mona currently leads Talent Management, Corporate Human Resources and DE&I at US Steel. She has worked in senior level Human Resources roles at Kennametal, HarbisonWalker International, PNC, and Robert Morris University. Mona holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree specializing in Career Development from the Ohio State University. Mona holds certifications as a Professional Certified Coach (ICF); Senior Professional in Human Resources (HRCI); Senior Certified Professional (SHRM); Organizational Development Certified Professional (ODCP); and Fostering Inclusion & Diversity (Yale University). Mona serves as a Board Member and the Chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Forum for Vibrant Pittsburgh. She also functions as a Corporate Advisory Committee member and Mentor for PA Women Work. Mona also volunteers for the National Diversity Council and the March of Dimes.. She is a frequent speaker and panel member on topics addressing leadership development and enhancing diversity and inclusion within organizations.


Awardee

Genevieve Oduor
Genevieve
Oduor
Vice President Business Development & Diversity Relationship Officer
S&T Bank
2024 Pittsburgh Woman of the Year
Genevieve Oduor
Genevieve Oduor
Vice President Business Development & Diversity Relationship Officer
S&T Bank

Genevieve Oduor is vice president, business development and diversity relationship officer, at S&T Bank with over 21 years’ experience in banking. She currently leads S&T’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) organizational strategies and initiatives and the company’s seven affinity groups called employee resource groups (ERGs), as well as various DEI initiatives including educational webinars, the S&T Equity in Education Scholarship program, and the S&T Bank Women & Allies in Banking Conference. In addition to her DEI work at S&T Bank, Genevieve participates in the Brice Mentorship Program as a mentor and mentee. She mentors future leaders and employees looking to advance their careers within the Bank. She is also a co-mentor in partnership with Nazareth Prep School, guiding high school students into careers in banking. In her role at S&T and in her personal life, Genevieve demonstrates her passion for community service. For many years, she has provided financial literacy education to schools, minority small business owners and individuals. She works in partnership with the UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Champ program providing financial wellness education to underrepresented medical students. Currently, she is the assistant district governor for Rotary District 7305 and a member of the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She also serves on the advisory board for the Sampson Family YMCA, as well as on the board of trustees and as Historic Religious Properties Grants Chair for the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. Additionally, she is on the board of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh Foundation as Vice Chair, the board of Breathe Pennsylvania serving as Secretary, Board Development Chair, Executive committee member as well as on the finance Committee, the Board of the Free Medical Clinic of SHEEP Healthcare Inc. and also serves as the treasurer for the Clinic. Genevieve serves the Pennsylvania Bankers Association as a member of its DEI committee. In addition, she is currently the Chair of the Pittsburgh Circle of Red Society – Go red for women with the American Heart Association. Genevieve has also been involved with: - Fundraising, participating and supporting various local community projects, including backpack programs, food banks, homelessness initiatives, scholarship programs, clothing drives, healthcare initiatives and financial wellness/education projects. - Spearheading a water project in conjunction with the Monroeville Rotary, to provide clean water in an East African village that now serves three schools and over 7,000 villagers. - Spearheading a project with the Monroeville Rotary to complete the construction of a community library in an East African village, providing the citizens with access to books, computers and STEM education. In 2019, Genevieve received the Pennsylvania Banker’s Association’s Champion for Women Award, as well as the Humanitarian Leader Award from the Unleashing Potential (UP) S&T Bank Leadership Program. In 2022, she received the Pittsburgh Business Times Women of Influence Award.


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