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DANIELLE PARSON

Danielle Parson is a communications professional with a wide range of experience, including public relations, marketing, event planning, print and broadcast journalism. Danielle is a Chicago native who now calls Pittsburgh home. A graduate of The University of Illinois' College of Communications, Danielle is currently the Senior Director of Community Affairs for Propel Schools. In this role she works to ensure Propel maintains a healthy and collaborative relationship with all of the communities it serves. 

 

Danielle takes great interest in her community, she currently serves on the board of the Boys Scouts of America Laurel Highlands Council, working primarily with scouts in under-served communities. Staying true to her hometown roots, she also volunteers for the Common Ground Foundation in Chicago, helping high school seniors with their college admittance.

 

She's also the founder of PWN (Professional Women’s Network), designed to connect, engage and inspire women throughout the Pittsburgh region. Her passion for connecting women drives her in planning and executing social and professional platforms for women to get to know each other, share opportunities and celebrate successes.

 ERIKKA GRAYSON

Erikka Grayson is originally from Washington, DC currently residing in Pittsburgh with her husband Glenn and son Xavier. She is currently Product Development Specialist working with UPMC Health Plan.  After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management in 2008, Erikka continued her studies at Point Park University where she graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration. Erikka is currently a member of the National Black MBA Association Pittsburgh Chapter and Board Chair Secretary of Jeron X Grayson Foundation. Erikka enjoys running, traveling and meeting new people. 

 

Since becoming a mom Erikka has seen the need to create a community of support and love for all types of mothers in the city of Pittsburgh.

That passion has lead her to create “Bomb Mom”, a support group that encourages celebrates and brings together all moms from different backgrounds. 

 

Erikka plans to continue her studies and obtain her PhD in Health Services Research and Policy and also to expand her “Bomb Mom” brand nationwide.  

BLAYRE HOLMES

Blayre Holmes is the Director of Community Relations at Pittsburgh Steelers
 

In her current role Blayre is charged with increasing  and promoting community engagement opportunities for the team. In addition she oversees charitable initiatives coming from the team, the individual players and the NFL, addressing issues ranging from food security and student literacy rates to helping veterans and children’s health.
 

Prior to her role with at Pittsburgh Steelers she served as Director of Partnerships and Program Development at Adagio Health.  She was in charge of working collaboratively with a variety of community stakeholders to create strategic partnerships in communities throughout Western PA. 

 

Blayre was born and raised in Donora, PA and graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a degree in Communication. During September of 2010, she joined AmeriCorps through the Center for Civic Engagement at Cal U.

 

JASMINE JULEAU

Jasmine Juleau is a product management professional with over 12 years of experience in corporate banking. A passionate problem solver, she enjoys finding solutions that empower others to be their very best selves. She excels at coordinating teams to ensure they effectively work together, and keeping projects organized. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, she worked at PNC Bank before joining Capital One where she currently is a Senior Manager, Product Lead in Card Services. In this role, she develops technology products that solve problems in delivering the best customer experience. 

 

Jasmine has served as the President of the Young Professional Advisory Committee (YPAC) of the Extra Mile Education Foundation, a member of the ScoutReach Board for the Laurel Highlands Council of Boy Scouts of America, and as a member of the Go Red for Women committee of the American Heart Association. Previously, Juleau also served as President of PNC Recognizing Emerging Professionals (PREP), a PNC Employee Business Resource Group of over 500 members.

JESSICA WOODS

Jessica Woods is the CEO and Executive Director for the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

As the CEO and Executive Director for the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, she leverages education, advocacy, and partnerships to best serve our business members and their greater communities. Every day, her team tackles challenges head-on to improve employee health, reduce employer health care costs, and secure a brighter future for health care.

 

Investigating shortfalls within the health benefits ecosystem has led her to recognize the enormous potential in employer collaboration to make large-scale decisions and ultimately transform the reality of health care. This potential is why she values deliberate, intentional, and empathetic relationships on both a local and national level. These relationships support my proactive efforts to address the impacts of accelerated consolidation and heightened competition in the health sector.

 

PBGH is a case study and benchmark for coalitions across the country. With a business model that allows others to leverage PBGH’s innovative infrastructure, they strive to be a resource for other coalitions as health care continues to evolve.

 NICOLE WEBSTER

Nicole Webster is the Workplace Management and Solutions Lead, Accenture
 

As the Pittsburgh Workplace Solutions Lead, her role focuses on delivering all workplace operations and executive support services across 3 locations. She not only defines performance metrics and monitors performance, she also sets the strategic direction and vision for the team. While establishing and overseeing operating and capital budgets, she influences relevant leadership and stakeholders and manages facility-related construction projects. She also manages relationships with all external and internal customers/vendors.

 

As the Location Corporate Citizenship Liaison, she drives employee engagement for volunteer programs across several non-profit partners. In this role, she not only manages the relationships she also volunteers by conducting workshops on a variety of topics. She has also worked closely with high school students, teaching them how to network, interview, and build their personal brands. 

KENYA MATTHEWS

Kenya Matthews

Assistant Vice President and Certified Scrum Product Owner for Retail Lending & Strategy focusing on the Customer Experience for PNC Financial Services 

 

In this role she is the owner of the end to end customer experience for retail lending payment capabilities. She utilizes human-centered design to understand the customer’s needs, identify opportunities and create solutions for an improved customer experience. Kenya received her Bachelor of Science degree from Point Park University in Information Technology and Network Security. She continued her education at Robert Morris University and earned a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Change Management.

Her passion for community engagement, giving back, and motivating others to succeed led her to become the President of the PNC Pittsburgh & Virtual chapters of The African American Employee Business Resource Group. In this role, she is responsible for planning and executing professional development workshops, panel discussions, events and creating opportunities for the Pittsburgh and virtual chapters of over 800 members. Kenya is also a board member of Gwen’s Girls, an organization that empowers girls and young women in Allegheny County with skillsets, opportunities, and relationships to succeed.