Eight inspiring women from the Pittsburgh area, two outstanding Girl Scouts, and Girl Scout community-champion corporation, FedEx Ground, were honored at our Pittsburgh Awards of Distinction luncheon on Friday, May 18 at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Proceeds of this premier event support Girl Scouts’ mission to develop courage, confidence and character in girls and to inspire the next generation of young women to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Miller, recipient of the 2018 Women of Distinction Award in the Health Care category!
Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, is the director of the Division of Adolescent
and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of
UPMC and professor of Pediatrics at University of Pittsburgh School
of Medicine. She is also the medical director for Ronald McDonald
House Charities Care Mobile, Shuman Juvenile Detention Center, and
the 412 Youth Zone.
Trained in medical anthropology, as well as internal medicine and
pediatrics, Dr. Miller’s research has included examination of sex
trafficking among adolescents in Asia, teen dating abuse, and
reproductive health, with a focus on underserved youth populations,
including pregnant and parenting teens, and foster, homeless, and
gang-affiliated youth. Her current research focuses on the impact of
gender-based violence on young women’s reproductive health.
She conducts research on brief clinical interventions to reduce
partner violence and unintended pregnancy, funded by the National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National
Institute of Justice. In addition, she is conducting a study of a sexual
violence prevention program entitled “Coaching Boys into Men”
that involves training coaches to talk to their young male athletes
about stopping violence against women, funded by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. She is also involved in projects to
reduce gender-based violence and improve adolescent and young
adult women’s health in India and Japan.
Miller is the recent recipient of the 2018 Visionary Award from
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape.
A Japan native, Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in history of art at Yale
and a master’s in medicine and a doctorate in anthropology at Harvard.
She and her husband reside in Pittsburgh. Her daughter, Hannah,
is a student at the University of Chicago and her son, Joey, attends
Taylor Allderdice High School.
Technology & Communications
Congratulations to Jennifer Bullano, recipient of the 2018 Women of Distinction Award in the Technology category!
Jennifer Bullano joined the Pittsburgh Penguins
in 2006 as a graduate intern and spent the
following two years as manager of media
relations before being promoted to director of communications
in 2008. She is entering her twelfth season with the team and
currently serves as senior director of communications. She is
presently the only female to hold her position in the National
Bullano oversees the daily operations of the Penguins
communications department and is responsible for coordinating all
player and management interviews. She travels full time with the
team and was a part of the Penguins Stanley Cup championships in
2009, 2016, and 2017. Jennifer has been a key contact for behind the
scenes shows, such as HBO’S 24/7 The Road to the Winter Classic,
NHL Revealed, In the Room, and Showtime Sports ALL ACCESS:
Quest for the Stanley Cup. She recently won an Emmy for her role
in “There’s no Place like Home with Sidney Crosby” in the “sports
program one-time special” category.
The native of New Castle, Pennsylvania, also teaches part-time
as an adjunct professor at Point Park University. Bullano teaches
Media Relations in Sports for the Sports, Arts, and Entertainment
Management program within the School of Business.
Bullano earned a bachelor of arts degree in public relations
from Penn State University in 2003, as well as a master of
business administration with concentration in sports, arts, and
entertainment management from Point Park University in 2007.
Bullano and her husband, Eric Ridgley, reside in the north hills of
Pittsburgh with their daughter, Harper.
This is the third of four installments published in recognition of the 2018 Women of Distinction and Girl Scout honorees.