YWCA Holds Leadership and Diversity Summit for High Schoolers 
Holy Family Academy student Shauna Henning was instrumental in organizing the event.

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (6/2/2017) – On Monday, June 5, YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s Center for Race and Gender Equity will welcome students of Holy Family Academy (HFA) to its first annual leadership and diversity summit. The event has been co-organized by HFA student Shauna Henning of Bellevue

Henning has been working on the event through an internship, which is part of the curriculum for all HFA students. Starting freshman year, each HFA student spends one day per week interning with a Pittsburgh business or organization, learning real-world workplace skills, practicing professional interaction and cultivating relationships with community decision-makers. These internships are provided by more than 60 of Pittsburgh’s top employers, including UPMC, PNC Bank, United Way and Pittsburgh Technology Council.

“Shauna’s achievement as co-organizer of this summit exemplifies what the internship program is all about,” says Lisa M. Abel-Palmieri, Ph.D., HFA’s head of school and chief learning officer. “She has gained invaluable work experience and accomplished something that will benefit not only her but also her community. This is real-world learning in action.”  

HFA’s eleventh-grade class will comprise the participants of Monday’s summit, which will take place at YWCA’s downtown Pittsburgh location. The day’s agenda includes guest speakers and presentations on best practices in leadership, including the promotion of diversity. Students will leave with a folder of resources to aid them in pursuing their own leadership and education goals.