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2016-2017 Major Grant Beneficiary Announced

posted Sep 22, 2016, 10:24 AM by Kelley Minucci

Mt. Lebanon, September 14, 2016


It is an honor to announce our 2016-2017 major grant beneficiary, Strong Women Strong Girls, Inc (SWSG).


Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) is a nationally recognized mentoring program empowering elementary school girls to develop the social-emotional and leadership skills necessary to cultivate high ambitions and achieve lifelong success. Founded in Boston in 2004, Strong Women, Strong Girls expanded to Pittsburgh in 2006 and has been putting girls on a path from the classroom to the boardroom, or wherever else they choose to go ever since. The mission of SWSG is to empower girls to imagine a broader future through a curriculum grounded on female role models, delivered by college women mentors, who are themselves mentored by professional women. Over the past decade, SWSG has supported over 3000 mentoring relationships in the Greater Pittsburgh region. By creating a multi-generational community of strength around every girl, SWSG is changing the future of women and girls in the cities in which we work and live.  

"Strong Women, Strong Girls, Inc. (SWSG) is delighted to partner with such a well-aligned organization such as the MLJWC. Their support will be instrumental in strengthening and expanding the reach of after-school mentoring to girls in our region. MJWC's commitment to SWSG truly showcases the power women have when they invest in their communities through the gift of service." – Sabrina Saunders, Executive Director of SWSG


To honor SWSG, MLJWC will hold its 20th Annual Charity Gala, “Reach For the Star” with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Strong Women, Strong Girls.  The event will take place Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Duquesne Power Center Ballroom.

We are extremely excited to work with SWSG in closing the ambition gap by empowering girls in the Pittburgh area to aspire to greatness and exceed their dreams. 


The benefit co-chairs are Robin Gieseke and Jamie McCaw.  This year’s MLJWC board is:


Tess Carter-President

Becki Campanaro-President Elect

Emily Marchione-Treasurer

Debbie Klein-Treasurer Elect

Kelley Minucci-Public Relations

Cindy Wood-Recording Secretary

Manisha Iyer-Corresponding Secretary

Rachael Shaw-Membership Chair

Becky Dearing-Programs Chair

Lori Farnsworth-Philanthropy

Dana Bloomburg-Parliamentarian


Information about our major grant beneficiary can be found here:

Kelley Minucci,
Sep 22, 2016, 10:24 AM