Award recipients of the 2016 Women of Spirit Awards
Award Recipients

Shown from left to right at top

Laura E. Ellsworth, JD
Partner-in-Charge, Global Community Service Initiatives, Jones Day

Marianne Cornetti
Internationally recognized Verdi mezzo-soprano
(2016 International Women of Spirit® Award Recipient)

[Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, President, Carlow University]

Leslie C. Davis
Senior Vice President, UPMC
Executive Vice President and COO,
Health and Sciences Division, UPMC

Mary Lou McLaughlin
Creator and Founder, Family House

Barbara Baker, DVM
President and CEO, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and the Zoological Society of Pittsburgh


Women of Spirit®

presented by Carlow University 

The 13th Women of Spirit® Awards Gala celebrated service-inspired leadership and attracted nearly 300 attendees to the Carnegie Music Hall on April 7th. The late Grace Ann Geibel, RSM, a former Carlow president, established the Women of Spirit® Award program in 1993. The program honors outstanding female leaders and also supports high school programs and need-based scholarships at Carlow. This year, 19 corporations from the Pittsburgh community sponsored the event, exhibiting the greatest support in the history of the award.

This year’s program was presented in memory of Geibel and of Elsie Hillman, 1994 Woman of Spirit®, philanthropist, and friend of the university.