Past Winners

2017 Champion and Employer Awards

The 2017 Awards Luncheon took place on November 1st in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni William Penn Hotel. Over 300 attendees from local nonprofits, corporations, and government organizations filled the room. The keynote speaker, Susan Still, was riveting and energized the audience.

The 2017 Employer Award was presented to FedEx Ground, and President of Pittsburgh City Council Bruce Kraus received the 2017 Champion Award.

2106 STANDING FIRM Employer Award

Employer of the Year Award for Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates set an example as a professional sports team to bring attention to partner violence as a workplace issue. With a firm policy adopted by the team, the Pirates brought STANDING FIRM in to provide both management and staff trainings on dealing with partner violence. All players had been trained as well during spring training camp. President Frank Coonelly has spoken publicly numerous time about the impacts of partner violence on the workplace. The were the first professional sports team in Southwestern PA to stand firm against partner violence.

2016 STANDING FIRM Champion Award

Richard Citrin, President, Citrin Consulting, received the STANDING FIRM Champion Award, presented by Kristy Trautmann, 2015 Awardee. Richard has been a strong advocate of STANDING FIRM since its inception, and has served as the Chair of its Advisory Board. He has guided the initiative through many strategic decisions and advocated for it with his many contacts in the business community.

2015 STANDING FIRM Champion Award

Kristy Trautmann, Executive Director of the FISA Foundation, received the STANDING FIRM Champion Award from Lynette Lederman, Executive Assistant to Councilman Corey O’Connor. The Champion Award recognized Kristy’s tireless advocacy for STANDING FIRM and its goal to help employers address partner violence and promote safety and well being in the workplace. The creation and enduring work of STANDING FIRM would not be possible without Kristy, who continues to support our organization by applying her nonprofit leadership expertise to our management, strategic planning, and goal setting initiatives. Kristy enthusiastically brings STANDING FIRM to the table when discussing partner violence with other organizations, and has positively impacted our work and our mission.

2015 STANDING FIRM Employer Award

Audrey Russo, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, accepted the STANDING FIRM Employer Award from Susan Nitzberg, STANDING FIRM’s Associate Director of Outreach. The Employer Award recognized PTC’s superior integration of business practices addressing partner violence. Audrey and other leaders at PTC have taken clear action steps that promote the safety of the workplace and the well-being of the workforce, demonstrating their commitment to STANDING FIRM’s mission. PTC connects its members to the resources they need for success and understands that providing a safe workplace for employees is crucial for attracting and retaining talent. Therefore, PTC makes partner violence in the workplace a prominent topic – both internally among its employees, and externally among its member companies.

2014 STANDING FIRM Champion Award

Lynette Lederman received the STANDING FIRM Champion award from Bruce Kraus, Pittsburgh City Council President. The Champion award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond in advocating for STANDING FIRM in its mission to engage employers in integrating business practices which address partner violence. Lynette has worked tirelessly advocating for STANDING FIRM and engaging employers in Pittsburgh and the broader community.

2014 STANDING FIRM Employer Award

Fred Massey, CEO of Familylinks, accepted the STANDING FIRM Employer Award from Dan Adley of KTA-Tator, 2013 Awardee. Familylinks received the award which recognizes superior integration of business practices addressing partner violence that promote the safety of the workplace and the well-being of the workforce.

2013 STANDING FIRM Employer Award Winners

Employers of the Year awardees from the Department of Personnel and Civil Service Commission, City of Pittsburgh were Tamiko Stanley and Paula Kellerman, and Daniel Adley and Wendy Dameron from KTA-Tator, Inc.