Wednesday, November 14, 2018

GlobalPittsburgh to honor foreign-born entrepreneurs, professionals, and immigrant champions

The third annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration & Award Ceremony will be held at the elegant Rivers Club on Thursday, December 13th from 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

A cocktail reception featuring a string quartet from Edgewood Symphony Orchestra will open the evening at 5:00 PM. The event will honor foreign-born entrepreneurs, professionals, and immigrant champions from around the globe that have made an impact on the greater Pittsburgh community.

Forty entrepreneurs and professionals from twenty-seven countries around the world have been nominated for awards in seven categories.

Susanne Cook, Senior Partner and Chair of the International Business Group at Cohen & Grigsby, will present the awards. Susanne originates from Germany.

Feyisola Alabi, Special Initiatives and Welcoming Pittsburgh Manager at the Office of Mayor William Peduto, will be Master of Ceremonies for the event. Feyisola came to the U.S. from Nigeria.

The following distinguished panel of judges will select the finalists for the eight awards: Max Miller, Raise Your Spirits; Kit Needham, Project Olympus, Carnegie Mellon University; Nathan Darity, The Global Switchboard; Yvonne Campos, Next Act Fund; Michael Matesic, Idea Foundry; Kenny Chen, Ascender; Kevin Deacon, eMERL LLC; and Nevena Staresinic, Moderna Relocation.

This year’s award categories include Technological Innovation; Health & Wellness; Social Entrepreneur; Music Education; Rising Star; Immigrant Professional Excellence; and Immigrant Champion.

The evening is sponsored by the law firm of Cohen & Grigsby, Brother's Brother Foundation, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Idea FoundryGerman-American Chambers of Commerce.

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration was launched in 2016 to showcase the talent, tenacity and innovative thinking of the “newest newcomers” who have made Pittsburgh their home and helped to make it a world-class city. Eight foreign-born business owners and professionals received awards in 2016 and seven received awards in 2017.

Tickets and sponsorship packets are available at

Since 1959, GlobalPittsburgh (founded as the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors) has cultivated a local network of resources and created valuable contacts for the region worldwide through its work with federally-funded international professional exchanges. GlobalPittsburgh has a network of over 500 members, volunteers, and citizen diplomats who ensure that visiting leaders and expatriates feel welcome in the Greater Pittsburgh community. For more information about GlobalPittsburgh programs, please visit, call 412.392.4513, or send an email to