2020 Pittsburgh Women in Leadership Symposium
October 02, 2020
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
Creating a League of Your Own: Women in Action
The focus of this annual event is to bring together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today's issues will educate, inspire and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status.
Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Ph.D. is a senior level executive and learning-centered leader in higher education with thirty years of successful experience. Her experience in higher education is diverse, expansive and comprehensive. A scholar-practitioner, Dr. Harvey-Smith is committed to leadership excellence, institutional performance and student-success and has positively influenced the lives of countless students, faculty and administrators. She has held a variety of positions in higher education from Executive Director, Dean, Vice-President, to Executive Vice Chancellor and President/CEO. Dr. Harvey-Smith is currently the President/CEO of Pittsburgh Technical College, the first Black female to hold the post of this private non-profit college in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. Opened in 1946 as a single-discipline career training school, PTC has expanded to nine schools with thirty programs, in Trades and Technology, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Building Technology, Business, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Design, Healthcare, Energy and Electronics Technology, and Information Technology. Dr. Harvey-Smith was previously Executive Vice Chancellor at Lone Star College, in Texas serving more than 95,000 students annually, there she led strategic planning and assessment, as well as, the institution’s academic, student services and accreditation efforts, previously she served as the President/CEO of River Valley Community College in NH. During her tenure she stabilized enrollment, expanded educational access, opened new Academic Training Center in Lebanon, NH and regained national nursing reaccreditation. Considered a thought leader in the learning college and student success movements, her expertise in executive development, teaching and learning excellence, corporate training and development, strategic planning and public/private partnership development provide her a unique set of skills to comprehensively position organizations for extraordinary success. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park, M.S. from The Johns Hopkins University, B.S. from Morgan State University and was competitively selected and completed Harvard Graduate School of Education: Institutes of Higher Education for College/University Presidents.
Myah Moore Irick joined Merrill Private Wealth Management in January 2020. She specializes in providing wealth planning strategies to successful executives, endowments and foundations, individuals and their families, and a growing list of professional athletes. Myah possesses a deep understanding of the psychology of wealth: the challenges that executives, individuals, seasoned professionals and even up-and-coming athletes face when making decisions about their financial futures. With this knowledge, Myah is able to help her clients identify what they really want their money to do for their lives, families and communities - and then create a wealth plan for achieving that. For Myah, being a great advisor means going above and beyond the numbers. It means being a resourceful collaborator and trusted advisor, who digs deep into how their clients approach saving, spending and sustaining wealth. It means coming up with creative solutions to help them achieve their unique ambitions. And it means utilizing the vast resources of her firm to maximize their financial potential, provide for their loved ones and help them give back to their communities. Myah is devoted to giving back in her own life. While she spends much of her free time with her husband and three children, she also sits on a number of boards and committees that promote access to higher education for women and girls. She serves as a strategic partner to UNICEF and Girls, Inc. Her experience as Miss Oregon (with the Miss Universe Organization) in 2003 inspired her ongoing commitment to promoting educational opportunities for women. Previous to joining Merrill, Myah was an Executive Director at JPMorgan Private Bank for 7 years. She has also served as a relationship manager at PNC Wealth Management, and held several senior roles at Columbia University, where she advised families on philanthropy and estate planning solutions. Myah received a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a joint international M.B.A. with honors from Brown University and Instituto de Empresa.
A native of Philadelphia, Nicole landed in Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating, she began working as a Compliance Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). During 11 years of service at the OFCCP, Nicole worked on behalf of victims of discrimination. She decided to make a career change and joined Mellon Financial Corporation, now BNY Mellon. Since she has been with BNY Mellon, she has become the VP/Manager of Affirmative Action Compliance and is responsible for the strategy of the company’s Affirmative Action Compliance for all US employees. In 2019, she was tapped to manage the strategy for all US Separations, as well as to oversee all HR Policies. In addition to being a busy mother of two, Nicole is an inventor who markets her cosmetic tool, Nikki’s Magic Wand. The “Wand” is carried in retail and online stores and Nicole has appeared on air, on QVC, multiple times. In 2015, Nicole released her first book, focused on career etiquette, entitled, “Here’s Your Script-Keep Your Foot out of Your Mouth and Your Butt Employed.” Nicole enjoys supporting various local and national causes. Through her company, Nicole runs the 12 Months of Giving Campaign, where a different cause is supported every month. Having lost her mother to Leukemia at age 10, Nicole also supports The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by fundraising and volunteering. Nicole is a proud member of Phi Beta Kappa, as well as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Sharon Werner is currently Chief Counsel at PNC Bank. Prior to PNC, Sharon served in the Obama Administration as the Chief of Staff to US Attorney Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. In that role, Sharon acted as the principal advisor to the Attorney General on all significant matters, including criminal prosecutions, complex civil litigation, national security issues, cybersecurity, domestic and international policy development, legislative strategy, and senior-level personnel decisions. Sharon also served as White House Liaison to the Department of Justice. Prior to her time in the Obama Administration, Sharon spent five years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jason Altmire (D-PA). She also served as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York. Sharon began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara S. Jones in the Southern District of New York. Sharon earned her JD from Stanford Law School and her BA from Penn State University where she was a member of the varsity swim team.
Mona Dine is an accomplished Human Resources leader with an extensive and proven track record of working closely with business leaders at all levels. Her expertise is utilized to develop leaders, create inclusive, engaged environments and promote talent practices that drive performance and business results. Mona currently serves as the People & Culture leader in a global manufacturing organization. Prior to her current role, she was Director of Talent Management at HarbisonWalker International; Director of Talent Management and Human Resources at RTI International Metals, Inc; and also served as Vice President and Senior Talent Consultant with PNC Bank. Other previous roles include, Director, Recruiting and Staffing at Pittsburgh Public Schools and Director of Career Services and Director of Human Resources at Robert Morris University. Mona is also a credentialed Professional Coach specializing in career and leadership development. She has over 20 years’ experience as a career coach and helps clients leverage and expand their strengths and leadership skills to excel in their careers. Mona holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree focused on Career Development from the Ohio State University. Mona holds certifications as an Associate Certified Coach (ICF); Senior Professional in Human Resources (HRCI); Senior Certified Professional (SHRM); Organizational Development Certified Professional (IOD) and Fostering Inclusion & Diversity (Yale University). Mona serves on the Board for the International Coaching Federation, Pittsburgh chapter. She also volunteers for the March of Dimes, PA Diversity Council and serves as a Pittsburgh Promise Coach. Mona serves as a Corporate Advisory Committee member and Mentor for PA Women Work. In addition, she serves as the Co-Chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Forum in the Pittsburgh region. She is a frequent speaker and panel member on topics addressing women’s development and enhancing diversity and inclusion within organizations.
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