The Martin Luther King Jr. Awards is a yearly event that puts on display the very best of the Pittsburgh region when it comes to leadership and diversity. Organized by Coro Pittsburgh, this event also serves as an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit organization that began operating in Pittsburgh in August 1999 with the launch of the renowned Fellows Program in Public Affairs program.
The event is held each year at Heinz Field, and celebrates outstanding individuals and organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania who are leading by example, and working to transform the region. The Martin Luther King Jr. Awards reinforces Coro’s mission to develop ethical and effective leaders that share a commitment to civic engagement.
The Leadership Award is given to an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership results in the business, non-profit, or government sector. Through the Diversity Awards, the Martin Luther King Jr. Awards also acclaims two organizations that demonstrate superior achievements in creating an inclusive workplace, and that utilize diversity to drive productivity and performance.
The following are the 2012 Nominees for the MLK Leadership and Diversity Awards:
Tom Baker, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh
Al Condeluci, United Cerebral Palsy
Deborah Fidel, Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee
Heather Mediate, Girls Coalition of Southwestern PA
William R. Neal Jr., Five Starr Champions
Zineb Outnouna, Atlas Dreams Languages, LLC
Doug Shields, Pittsburgh City Council
Bernadette Turner, Addison Behavioral Care, Inc.
Mary Esther Van Shura, Allegheny County Office of the Chief Executive
Dwan Walker, Fedex
Diversity Award – Organizations of more than 50 employees
Every Child, Inc.
Urban Pathways Charter School
Diversity Award – Organizations of 50 or fewer employees
Pittsburgh Social Exchange
Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh
Women and Girls Foundation
The award recipients will not be announced until the event itself, which will be held on Friday, January 13, 2012 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Heinz Field. Tickets can be purchased at www.CoroMLKAwards.org