FierceWomenProject uses contemporary portrait art to create a platform for young women and girls to discover and connect with accomplished women leaders from diverse fields. Through this platform, the women share their stories with the students to inspire, engage, and empower them.

At the center of the project is the mission of helping young women and girls create a mental portrait of their future selves -- envisioning what they would do with their lives if there were no limitations put on them, and then helping them get there. The project also engages men to actively support women and girls, and invest in their their success. The three core themes are: leadership development, mentoring, and men as allies.

Fierce Women are dynamic, confident, and kind. Fierce Women are accomplished leaders who mentor, and who are actively engaged in their communities. Fierce Women are connecting to, and supporting, the next generation of Fierce Women.

Adrienne Phillips, M.D.   I am a hematologist/oncologist and conduct research in leukemia, lymphoma, and bone marrow transplantation. I see patients in my clinical practice and also teach medical students, residents, and fellows. I’ve had an inquisitive nature since elementary school and currently research a rare blood cancer caused by a virus. I love conducting this research because I am constantly asking questions, tackling problems, and solving puzzles. This satisfies my inquisitive side. Second, I get to work and collaborate with experts in a variety of fields which raises my knowledge base and forces me to think creatively. Lastly, for a blood cancer where people generally survive less than one year, research allows me to remain hopeful and advance medical science to help my patients live longer. As an academic physician, I also get to travel, present my research to new audiences, and learn from those around me. No day is ever the same and I like the frenzy of it all.

Stephanie Morimoto has 16 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and nonprofit organization management. Currently, Stephanie oversees New Leaders' expansion, development, and marketing; working to fulfill the organization's mission of high academic achievement for all children through transformative school leaders.

Terri Alpert is a serial entrepreneur and consumer marketer. Currently the CEO of Stony Creek Brands, LLC which operates two direct-to-consumer companies, Uno Alla Volta, LLC and Cooking Enthusiast, LLC from a common infrastructure. Alpert’s first entrepreneurial venture was Professional Cutlery Direct(PCD) founded in 1993 with $8000.

Jennifer S. Gass, MD is Chief of Surgery at Women & Infants Hospital, Director of the Breast Fellowship at the Breast Health Center, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at Brown Medical School from 1993-present. She is Board Certified in both general surgery and critical care.

Preetha Basaviah, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University where she serves as Assistant Dean of Pre-clerkship Education, Director of the Practice of Medicine Course (two-year doctoring course) for Stanford medical students, an Educator for CARE (Compassion, Advocacy, Respect, Advocacy), and as inpatient and outpatient attending.

She received a BA and MD from Brown University. She completed a Primary Care Internal Medicine residency at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard University, and she then served as a Primary Care Chief Resident for the Beth Israel Hospital residency training program at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, located in West Roxbury, MA. After completing residency, Dr. Basaviah pursued a fellowship in medical education at the Harvard Institute for Education and Research as well as a faculty position as Associate Firm Chief and hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University. While at Harvard, she received the Lowell B. McGee Teaching Award and the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Award for humanism in medicine.

Kimberly Gill, News Anchor

I got my start in TV in my home state of South Carolina working for CBS affiliate WBTW News 13 in the Florence/Myrtle Beach market. While there, I solo anchored three hours of morning weekday news and produced and anchored News 13 at Noon.

I have volunteered my time to numerous charitable and civic organizations over the years including the Junior League of Cleveland and Pittsburgh. I've served on a lot of boards too -- just too many to list here.

I've been fortunate enough to be recognized in newspapers and magazines for my work in front of the camera and in the community. The Ohio Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame named me its Personality of the Year for 2009. I'm also a two time Emmy award winner. I have a Journalism degree from The University of South Carolina. I also hold a Master’s degree in Business from Ashland University, Ashland, OH I paid my way through college by driving 18-wheelers for FedEx. On the weekends I fueled airplanes for Eagle Aviation. One day, I'd like to learn to fly. In case you're wondering, I ALWAYS keep my Class A commercial truck driver's license current - just in case this TV gig doesn't work out.

Dr. Tanya Hagen, UPMC Sports Medicine

"The Fierce Women Project, for me, is a motivating and gracious reminder to always pay it forward; to keep the fire burning that was once ignited within me by an extraordinary woman that identified my ability, invested in me and brought visibility to what I could not see, so that I too, could pass the light along." - Amelia Papapetropoulos, business owner and 2014 ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient


"Too often we focus on our challenges as female leaders; Fierce Women is about recognizing and celebrating our successes, and through that it inspires all of us to dream bigger and execute more brilliantly than we could ever imagine alone," - Christy Uffelman, Partner at Align Leadership and 2012 ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient


Rona Nesbit, Executive Vice President, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust



Mary Ann Dunham, Attorney and Athena Award winner



Sherree Goldstein, Business Owner


Valerie Sutton, Director of Career Services, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Mary Murrin, Board Chair, Quantum Theatre; Social Investment Team Lead, Chevron U.S.A.


Emily Bowman Pompei, Business Owner