The ATHENA Awards are the networking event of the season for men and women of all backgrounds! Tickets available here:

Eight women – five veteran managers and three emerging leaders – have been selected as finalists for the 2016 ATHENA Awards Program of Greater Pittsburgh. They will be among the many nominees recognized for their professional excellence, contributions to the community and mentorship of other women at the annual ATHENA Awards luncheon on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The awards are presented by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. One finalist from each category – the traditional ATHENA award, and the ATHENA Young Professional Award – will receive her respective award at the event.

The finalists for the traditional ATHENA award compose a varied and distinguished group. Each woman uses her leadership to create professional excellence and positive regional impact. The finalists are:

  • Audrey Dunning, CEO, Summa Technologies, Inc.
  • Kelly Gray, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, FedEx Ground
  • Diana Reid, Executive Vice President, PNC Real Estate
  • Tracy Vitale, Superintendent of Schools, Seneca Valley School District
  • Yvette Williams, Senior Patient Advocate/Program Manager, Allegheny Health Network/The Open Door, Inc.

The ATHENA Young Professional Award (AYPA) will be presented to a woman 35 years of age or younger who exemplifies the traditional ATHENA qualities, with an emphasis on being a role model. The finalists are:

  • Marteen Garay, Director of Entrepreneurship Programming, Urban Innovation21
  • Caitlin Green, Vice President, PNC Bank, N.A.
  • Katie Kopczynski, Marketing Analyst, Eaton

A complete list of nominees can be found at

Also at the luncheon, ATHENA officials will announce the recipient of the new Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Scholarship, named for the ATHENA program’s founder and retired president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce (an Allegheny Conference affiliate). The scholarship will be awarded annually to one woman age 35 or younger to attend, tuition-free, the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women. The deadline to apply is July 29 for the academy session that begins Sept. 23. Learn more about the scholarship and the academy here.

Last year’s Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards luncheon drew nearly 900 attendees. That makes it among the largest stand-alone events of its kind among the 500-plus communities around the globe that present the award each year.

Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased online at Sponsorships are still available; contact

Over the next decade, job seekers in the Pittsburgh region will find abundant opportunities, particularly in cybersecurity, “FinTech” (financial technology) and predictive analytics for the healthcare and energy sectors, a report released May 4 suggests.

Inflection Point: Supply, Demand and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region notes that digital and customer-service competencies will cut across many of the jobs of the future. Job types that will see the largest increase in growth include healthcare support, healthcare practitioners and technicians, and IT jobs drawing on computer and mathematical skills.

“The future of work in the region is an unprecedented opportunity for existing workers and our up-and-coming workforce now in K-12 and post-secondary education,” said Bill Demchak, chairman, president and CEO of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. He is the chair of the Workforce Strategy of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, which commissioned the report.

The need for talented individuals is already apparent on (a program of the Conference): there are more than 20,000 jobs open across the 10-county region, with cybersecurity and other IT professionals in highest demand.

“Technology is a big driver of this change, and it’s redefining the skills needed to be successful on the job,” Demchak added. “Every employer and worker must keep pace with this rapid change to remain competitive. We are at a critical moment for the future of our region.”

Baseline skills such as clear communication and problem solving, however, are also increasingly important as many companies are adopting a more customer-service-driven model. Those skills are also vital for teamwork and internal customer service, another trend already underway in high-demand careers.

The Conference commissioned the report to better understand what jobs will be available across the 10-county Pittsburgh region in coming decade. Boston-based Burning Glass Technologies and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, of Chicago, conducted focus groups with 130 CEOs and HR directors from 85 Pittsburgh region companies and educational institutions in early 2016. It combined those findings with traditional employment metrics and big data capabilities, including artificial intelligence algorithms, to parse tens of thousands of job postings across the Pittsburgh region.

“Not only are other regions trying to keep their talented people, they are looking to attract ours,” said Conference CEO Dennis Yablonsky. “We can’t afford to lose or leave anyone behind who has the desire, capacity and skills to be a part of the Pittsburgh region’s workforce.”

An inflection point is the place on a graph where a curve can change direction, typically with dramatic and widespread consequences over time.

The complete Inflection Point report is available at


Powered by NEXTpittsburgh / Written by Leah Lizarondo

According to CNBC, almost 13 percent of the U.S. working-age population was in the process of starting or running a new business last year — a 67-percent jump from 2010. Forbes notes that “an increasingly diverse cross-section of individuals is leaving large organizations and pursuing the creation of their own businesses.”

This year, you may be one of the new crop of individuals looking to make your mark. If so, you’re in luck—Pittsburgh has a rising number of coworking spaces and shared resources that will help you launch your new venture with less risk and a growing community of like-minded individuals that will provide inspiration and support. These facilities offer month-to-month leases and turnkey amenities that allow you to plug-and-play from Day 1.

Entrepreneurs and freelancers of all kinds—from coders to cooks—have access to a wide range of options all over the city. To start you off, here is our comprehensive guide to Pittsburgh’s coworking spaces.


The Beauty Shoppe in East Libery- Photo by Rob Larson
The Beauty Shoppe in East Libery- Photo by Rob Larson

 The Beauty Shoppe

Where: East Liberty

6101 Penn Ave.,  Pittsburgh, PA 15206

How much: Starts at  $50/month for students for  flexible membership and  $100 for non-students.  Private offices start at $350.

Why: The Beauty Shoppe’s  tagline “Work Beautifully” says it all. Founders Rabih Helou and Matt Ciccone are obsessed with the way people work, and it shows in the thoughtful design.


Cube Creative Space

Where: East Liberty

5877 Commerce St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

How much: Private offices start at $350/month.

Why: Cube in East Liberty offers affordable, short-term lease office space for companies that have outgrown the shared spaces. With communal kitchens, lounges and amenities, Cube offers the best of communal and private office spaces.

The X Factory

Where: Point Breeze

6901 Lynn Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

How much: Pricing is flexible. Contact Howard Eisner at 412-855-3353 or howardeisner [at] gmail [dot] com.

Why: At five stories and 250,000 sq. ft. it is one of the largest shared spaces in the city.

Revv Oakland

Where: Oakland

3710 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

How much: Desks start at $150/month.  Private offices start at $500/month.

Why: In the heart of the neighborhood with Pittsburgh’s top universities, Revv Oakland boasts a distinctive lineup of startups, including Uber, NoWait and StitchFix.


Where: Lawrenceville

4327 Butler St, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

How much: Catapult starts with$10 day passes and flexible desks at $50/month. Offices start at $250.

Why: Located in Lawrenceville, the coworking space offers not only desks but regular networking events through its Meetup group and an open device lab where developers can test their work on multiple devices.


Where: Uptown

1936 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

How much: Rates start at $150/month.

Why: StartUptown launched before “coworking” was a thing—the space is bright and cozy and houses companies ranging from design to bio-engineering startups. Mentorship is available for companies who are interested. The space is located in the Keystone Innovation Zone, which makes companies eligible for a number of benefits, including tax credits.

StartUptown @PFEX

Where: Uptown

1727 Blvd of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

How much: Rates start at $150/month.

Why: The beautifully redesigned old building goes back to its roots with a movie-themed aesthetic. There are offices on two floors and conference rooms for small to large meetings.



Where: Downtown

945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15219

How much: Rates start at $50/month for students to $250 for full membership.

Why: Right in the heart of downtown, real estate innovator Eve Picker’s coworking space was born out of the desire to optimize excess space. The product is a beautiful, lofty workspace with amenities that include office and art supplies plus photo backdrops and light kits.

21st Street Coffee

Where: The Strip District

2002 Smallman St. Pittsburgh PA 15219

How much: Desks can be used daily for $10, weekly for $30 and $100 per month.

Why: Everyone’s coworking entry point has been coffee shops. 21st Coffee has formalized that by devoting a section in the loft space of the café where coworkers get the basic amenities plus a 20% discount at the coffee shop.

Work Hard PGH

Where: Allentown

744 E. Warrington Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15210

How much: Memberships start at $45/month.

Why: Work Hard PGH is a coworking space that fosters deliberate collaboration—members are welcome to mine the expertise of its community of digital and freelance professionals. Work Hard PGH offers desk space and basic amenities as well as production facilities such as a green screen room, podcasting and VO booths.

PGH Green Innovators CoWorkshop

Where: Lower Hill District

Energy Innovation Center (EIC), 1435 Bedford Ave., Suite 140, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

How much: Furnished desk space rates range from $300 to $425/month.  Email for more information.

Why: PGH Green Innovators welcomes individuals and non-profits working on green economic development. Located in the Energy Innovation Center, PGI is part of the Keystone Innovation Zone, which makes companies eligible for a number of benefits, including tax credits.

Alloy 26

Where: North Side

100 South Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

How much: Membership starts at $99/month

Why: Alloy 26, the largest space of its kind in Western Pennsylvania with 50,000 square feet of flexible workspace, is opening its permanent location in April. Part of the massive urban renewal project Nova Place, Alloy 26 occupants will find themselves in an emerging technology space only minutes from downtown.

Whetstone Workgroup

Where: Sharpsburg

2310 Main St., Pittsburgh, PA 15215

How much: Access to space starts at $125/month

Why: The newly opened Whetstone Workgroup marries coworking for freelancers with on-site childcare for entrepreneurs with kids. In addition to office space, Whetstone offers workshops, software access and special events tailored to freelancers. Located in the same building as La Dorita (see below).

Soon to come:

Think Tank Pittsburgh

Think Tank’s website indicates that they are currently looking for space in the downtown area.

Maker Places


Where: East Liberty

192 Bakery Square Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

How much: Membership starts at $95/month for students and $125 for individuals.

Why: TechShop is a workshop and prototyping studio that provides access to an impressive array of tools and maker technologies. The 16,000 square-foot Bakery Square location is equipped with world-class tools and equipment including computers with design software. TechShop also hosts classes and networking events for makers, creatives and innovators.

Hack Pittsburgh

Where: Uptown

1936 5th Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15219

How much: Membership dues are $30/month plus three hours of volunteer work.

Why: Hack Pittsburgh is as much a community as a coworking space. Members get 24/7 access to the shop, all tools and resources. Additionally, Hack Pittsburgh hosts classes, workshops, Meetups and field trips to Maker events.

Open Floor

Where: Millvale

2 Sedgwick Street Millvale, PA 15209

How much: Spaces are $250/month.

Why: Open Floor is exactly what it says. Housed in an old ammunition factory, makers have access to space for work. Tenants supply their own equipment, and Open Floor provides utilities. There are currently about 15 makers whose projects range from metalwork to cut & sew manufacturing.

Shared Kitchens

The Pittsburgh Public Market- Photo by Brian Cohen
The Pittsburgh Public Market- Photo by Brian Cohen

 The Market Kitchen at  Pittsburgh Public Market

Where: The Strip District

2401 Penn Avenue,  Pittsburgh, PA 15222

How much: Members pay a  $100 annual membership fee  along with an hourly rental  fee of $17.50. Cold and dry  storage are also available for  rent.

Why: The Market Kitchen is the largest, state-of-the-art, fully licensed, multi-station kitchen facility in the city. Members have 24/7 access to equipment that ranges from a 40-quart mixer to a 60-gallon kettle, combi ovens, reach-in refrigerators and mentoring services.

La Dorita

Where: Sharpsburg

2312 Main Street, Sharpsburg, PA 15215

How much: Members pay a $200 security deposit, a monthly membership fee of $20 and a tiered hourly rental rate that starts at $15.

Why: La Dorita has a licensed and fully equipped commercial kitchen designed for caterers and small businesses. Equipment includes a Southbend six-burner range with standard oven, full-size imperial convection oven and a single door refrigerator & freezer.

Soon to come:

The Grange in Millvale

Where: Millvale

524 Grant Ave., Millvale, PA 15209

How much: TBD

Why: Millvale is creating a “restaurant cluster, local production and specialty processing” facility for food entrepreneurs. When fully operational, The Grange will house a fresh food market and shared office space for agricultural-based DIY businesses.

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Looking for a new career in 2016? You’re not alone: studies show that January and February are prime job-hunting times across the nation, and the Pittsburgh region is no exception. The competition is fierce, so don’t waste your time hopping from site to site in search of hot jobs and industries: you can explore it all at, your one-stop shop for jobs across the 10-county region. Whether you want to get involved in the region’s vibrant energy sector, be a part of the high-tech entrepreneurship that thrives here, work in a downtown skyrise or in a place of rural beauty, you can find it all in one place:

Here are few of the jobs available from our Featured Employers:

Director of the new Media Innovation Center at Point Park University

Strategic Consultant at Alcoa

Senior Machine Operator at MSA

Communications Specialist at Federated Investors

Technical Programmer / Systems Analyst at Elliott Group

Prefer a personal connection? Check out our Neighbors page to see what kinds of jobs other young and experienced professionals are pursuing. You can reach out to them for networking ideas via the LinkedIn addresses include in their profiles. They’re ready to help!

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Here’s to 2016!



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Congratulations to sponsor PITT OHIO, which earned top honors in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s annual ranking of best places to work in the region. That’s good news for job seekers, because the family-run company is actively seeking men and women for one of the most high-demand jobs in the Pittsburgh region. (More on that below.)

PittOhio_IPFeaturePITT OHIO was ranked the No. 1 place to work among large Pittsburgh region companies (more than 400 employees), while CEO Charles “Chuck” Hammel was named top leader in the large-company category for the second time.

The Post-Gazette’s survey partner, WorkplaceDynamics, invited 1,401 Pittsburgh area companies to participate and received completed, confidential surveys from nearly 16,000 employees at 126 organizations. The survey’s 22 questions measured seven factors, three of which addressed how they feel about their day-to-day job.

Participating PITT OHIO employees noted: “I have the latitude and flexibility to get my job done;” “a very professional, caring organization;” “they are friendly, open-minded, flexible and honest.”

It’s rewarding for PITT OHIO to be held in high esteem by its workforce, said Executive Vice President Geoff Muessig. “Excellent customer service is a prerequisite for success in our business and high employee morale is a prerequisite for excellent customer service.”

The Strip District-based trucking company was founded in 1979, specializing in hauling less than full truckloads of goods across the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. It has since expanded to handling supply chain needs of other businesses and delivering packages across North America, employing 567 people across the Pittsburgh region.

PITT OHIO has several immediate openings for commercial truck drivers – the most in-demand job in the Pittsburgh region – as well as for mechanics and dockworkers. It is also seeking business system analysts and other office-based jobs, and offers internships with hands-on experience in a range of jobs across the company. Its postings listings tout competitive wages and 100 percent employer-paid medical insurance.

Overall in the Pittsburgh region, employees surveyed indicated that organization health was the most important issue for them. Pay and benefits were lowest among the seven factors. WorkplaceDynamics’ website called that unsurprising: “Time and time again, [our] research has shown paying more money does not make a bad workplace better.

“What really motivates employees is feeling they are part of a company that is going places. This means an organization that sets a clear direction for its future and how it conducts itself; executes well and has a culture of high performance; and creates a strong connection between employees and the company by showing appreciation and by bringing meaning to work.”

You can learn more about WorkplaceDynamics methodology and findings here, and read the Pittsburgh-related results here.

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The City of Pittsburgh will co-host two naturalization ceremonies at noon on Monday, Oct. 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 27 in partnership City of Asylum, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Pittsburgh Field Office. Nearly 60 new Americans will receive their citizenship at the ceremonies.

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh will deliver keynote remarks at Monday’s ceremony in Schenley Plaza.

Tuesday’s ceremony at City of Asylum will include remarks from City of Asylum President and Co-Founder Ralph Henry Reese and Kheir Mugwaneza, director of Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement at Northern Area Multi-Service Center, the largest refugee resettlement agency in the Pittsburgh metro area.

These public ceremonies underscore Peduto’s aim of bringing residents and leaders together to celebrate  neighbors as they make their final step on the path to citizenship.

Learn more about the city of Pittsburgh’s welcoming initiative here.