Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) celebrate the 11th annual "40 Under 40" with a special event at the August Wilson Center on November 6.
"40 Under 40" recognizes 40 talented individuals under the age of 40 who are making a positive impact on the region's development.
Developed in 1999, "40 Under 40" helps highlight Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania as a place where young people can make a difference.
"Each year it is exciting to read the nominations and realize the impact that the nominees have on our community." said Erin Molchany, executive director of PUMP. "Honoring young people for their personal and professional contributions to improving our region is something we at PUMP look forward to every year."
Selected from a nomination pool of nearly 300 candidates, this year's honorees were chosen by an independent panel of 12 judges, comprised of former winners, business professionals and civic leaders. Winners were chosen based on their passion, commitment, visibility, diversity and overall impact on the region.
"The judges were challenged this year with scrutinizing a record-breaking number of nominations," said Betsy Benson, publisher of Pittsburgh Magazine. "The 40 people who rose to the top are community leaders noted for their intelligence, caring and drive."
The 40 winners will be guests of honor at a celebration on Friday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the August Wilson Center. The event, sponsored by Carlow University and First National Bank, includes a tribute to this year's "40 Under 40" honorees, music, entertainment, and food and drink from local restaurants. The winners will also be featured in the November issue of Pittsburgh Magazine.
Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Group rates available. To reserve tickets, visit 40Under40Pittsburgh.org or call 412-338-2133.
The 2009 "40 Under 40" Honorees are:
Khalif Ali- Community Organizer, Operation Better Block
Regina Anderson- Director of the Regional Internship Center, Coro Pittsburgh
Armen Arevian- MD/PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh; Founder, Open Science Initiative
Danielle Bacco- Owner/Practicing Attorney, Bacco Law, LLC
Erin Baker- College Recruiter, PNC Financial Services
Kelly A. Barcic- Executive Director, Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security
Charlie Batch- Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dr. Mary C. Burke- Director of Doctoral Program in Psychology, Carlow University; Executive Founding Director, End Human Trafficking
Carlos Carter- VP and Senior Portfolio Manager, Fifth Third Bank
Robert Chambers, III- Business Development, Massaro Corporation
Dana Davis- Founder/President, The Open Door
Jennifer DeFazio- Founder, Stacking the Odds; Shareholder Relations Coordinator, First National Bank
Victor Dozzi- Partner, Crawford Ellenbogen
Matthew Erb- Director, Urban Forestry for Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest
Cara Erskine- Artist
Heather Fiedler- Professor, Point Park University; Founder, Pittsburghmom.com
Rachel Filippini- Executive Director, Group Against Smog and Pollution
Marissa Gallagher- Special Education Teacher, Manchester Academic Charter School
Deborah Gilboa, M.D.- Family Medicine Doctor, The Squirrel Hill Health Center; Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Tyra Good- Director of Education, Youth Places; Founder/CEO, Good Knowledge Connections
Justin Gunther- Curator of Buildings and Collections, Fallingwater/Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Daisy Klaber- Founder/Director, Household Harmony; Manager of Communications, The Simplex Group, Inc.
Robert Daniel Lavelle- Chief of Staff, State Rep. Jake Wheatley
Felix Brandon Lloyd- CEO/Founder, Skill-Life, Inc.
Allyson Lowe- Chair, Department of Political Science, Carlow University; Assistant Professor of Political Science, Carlow University
Mayada Mansour- Program Director, A+ Schools
Sylvia McCoy- Founder, Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tour
Piyush Seth- Shareholder/Immigration Attorney, Tucker Arensberg, P.C.
Jason Ross- Senior Vice President, Allegheny Valley Bank of Pittsburgh
Natalia Rudiak- Consultant, Civic Capital Consulting Collaborative; Democratic Nominee, Pittsburgh City Council District 4
Luke Skurman- Founder/CEO, College Prowler
Janera Solomon- Executive Director, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
Melissa Swauger- Assistant Professor of Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Steven M. Toprani- District Attorney, Washington County
Kristy Trautmann- Program Officer, FISA Foundation
Stephanie P. Walker- Vice President and Director of Talent Acquisition Programs, The Bank of New York Mellon
Robert Wilson- Financial Advisor, Blazer Capital Management
Dr. Barrett Ivory Woods- Orthopedic Surgeon, UPMC
Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) makes Pittsburgh a more dynamic and diverse place to live by giving young and young-thinking people a voice and inspiring them to affect change in our community through civic engagement, professional development, recreation and social networking.