On Monday, September 14th, BGCWPA President & CEO, Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, was honored as one of Pittsburgh Business Times Women of Influence. This annual award honors Pittsburgh’s most influential women executives and leaders, changing their industries and impacting their communities. On this career milestone, Lisa stated, “I am honored to be named one of Pittsburgh Business Times 2020 Women of Achievement along with 25 other influential women and proud to be the first female CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania in our 130 year-old history.”

As a CEO passionate for the growth of our quality, gender inclusive programs and for providing all youth access to the education, resources and opportunities needed to succeed, Lisa says Women have been socialized to be people pleasers, to not rock the boat, to be perfect, and this socialization has downstream consequences. Bravery requires something different: a growth mindset, resilience, and vulnerability and self-compassion.”

When asked where would she like to see the conversation around gender equity go in the next five years, Lisa said: 

“I hope the conversation does not exist, to be honest. That would mean that men and women of all ethnic and religious backgrounds would be treated equally with regard to their endeavors and accomplishments. The only way that will happen is if we start young and empower our female population with the skills and self image they need for success. At Boys & Girls Clubs we hired professionals who are teaching power skills and healthy self image skills from an early age. This initiative, along with training our girls and young women in lucrative, demanding careers, while giving them access to the professionals who will mentor them along the way, will definitely help the situation given our huge footprint in the Western PA region.”

Read the full Pittsburgh Business Times Women of Influence Article HERE

Congratulations Lisa, thank you for all that you do to activate and advance the potential in every child, by doing whatever it takes to ensure they have great futures!