DIRECTOR OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMMING
When you meet Marteen Garay, you can’t help but feel her
enthusiasm and heartfelt commitment to the empowerment of
others, especially women. At Urban Innovation21, Marteen directs
all community-based entrepreneurship support programs
and business education workshops, and she spearheads the
organization’s work in Homewood. She cultivates entrepreneurial
development opportunities for residents, manages strategic
relationships with stakeholders and implements business
district revitalization strategies. Partnering with the community,
Marteen and the newly formed Homewood-Brushton Business
Association recently hosted the first Homewood Small Business
Expo in a rehabbed facility to promote and celebrate the
neighborhood’s businesses and entrepreneurs.
Deeply committed to mentoring and empowering women,
Marteen co-founded “Invest In Her Pittsburgh,” a nonprofit
organization that hosts the city’s only all-female business pitch
competition. She has connected many African American women
with business resources for startups, including the Center for
Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University and AlphaLab
Gear. She has been recognized with the Heinz College Otto A.
Davis Award for her leadership in working for racial and social
justice in the Pittsburgh region, and by the Coro Pittsburgh
Women in Leadership program.
SENIOR PATIENT ADVOCATE/PROGRAM MANAGER
ALLEGHENY HEALTH NETWORK/THE OPEN DOOR, INC.
Yvette Williams doesn’t just talk the talk; she walks the walk.
Once a homeless single mother, HIV-positive and struggling with
drug addiction, she has made an inspiring journey from residential
treatment program resident at Sojourner House to a career
advocating for others enduring these same hardships. Yvette has
brought the voice of target populations to the decision-making
tables at nonprofit organizations. Her personal experience gives
her credibility with vulnerable and challenged individuals, building
the trust that helps them to achieve stability and succeed in life.
Yvette launched a Women's Empowerment Luncheon at
Allegheny Health Network for women living with HIV, as well as
weekly group meetings focused on women's empowerment at The
Open Door, Inc. and her church. She received the Positive Health
Clinic's Above and Beyond Recognition. A former board member
for Addison Behavioral Care, Inc., she was nominated for The Open
Door’s First Clifton Maxwell Advocacy Award in HIV, and received
special recognition from Gwen's Girls for outstanding achievement
in her profession and as a mother of four daughters. Yvette helps
other women to tap their own inner strength and harness it for
themselves and those around them.
2016 ATHENA Finalist
oung 2016 ATHENA