Marianne Cornetti is recognized internationally as one of the leading Verdi mezzo-sopranos in the world. She began her professional career, like Giulietta Simionato before her, singing supporting roles in important theaters such as the Metropolitan Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Center and in Wolf Trap. Her performances of Azucena at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, at the Arena di Verona, and at the Teatro dell Opera di Roma, brought her international recognition.
Dr. Barbara Baker
, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and the Zoological Society of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Barbara Baker represents one of only 24 women who head major zoos and aquariums in the United States. Since her arrival, the Zoo’s budget has grown from $3 million to $17 million annually. As the caretaker of over 8,000 animals and supervisor of over 130 fulltime staff, Dr. Baker has excelled in all areas of operation, making the Zoo the most visited cultural attraction in the region with roughly one million visitors annually.
, Senior Vice President of UPMC, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Health Services Division, UPMC
Leslie C. Davis is senior vice president of UPMC and executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Health Services Division, which encompasses more than 20 hospitals and 3,500 employed physicians. Ms. Davis has more than 30 years of health care experience, with particular emphasis on operations and developing businesses and services. She has served as president of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC since 2004.
JD, Partner-In-Charge, Global Community Service Initiatives, Jones Day
Laura Ellsworth practices across a wide range of complex litigation matters, including toxic torts, product liability, insurance, intellectual property, employment, and ERISA. She has been involved in a number of multijurisdictional product liability and bankruptcy matters, several of which have resulted in significant appellate rulings on novel issues such as market share liability and public nuisance. In 2008, she was named by Governor Edward Rendell as one of Pennsylvania's "Best 50 Women in Business."
Mary Lou McLaughlin
, Creator and Founder of Family House
Although Ms. McLaughlin has spent a lifetime in service to the community, she is perhaps best known for her work as creator of Family House. In 1981, Ms. McLaughlin accepted the position of Director of Corporate Relations at the University of Pittsburgh, with a special emphasis on the creation and development of Family House. Designed to provide supportive housing for adult patients and their families who travel to Pittsburgh to receive treatments for life-threatening illnesses, Family House was dedicated in 1982 on McKee Place in Oakland and quickly became the national model for specialized adult housing. In 1982, Ms. McLaughlin became the Executive Director of Family House, with a staff of two. Upon her retirement in 1993, Family House, Inc. consisted of three facilities with a staff of 18 supported by over 200.