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UPMC Presents: My Business My Pride Leadership Awards Gala

  • December 07, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • 4141 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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  • 3RBA members and their guests
  • Members of 3RBA and their guests
  • For those who are not members of or guests of 3RBA members.
  • For those who are not a member or a guest of a member of 3RBA
  • For students, LGBTQ+ professionals, or LGBTQ+ small business owners who need assistance with ticket pricing. You will be contacted.
  • Full table of 8 tickets included with full page, full color program ad; premium seating location; logo on event signage; and table signage.

Registration is closed


UPMC Presents: Three Rivers Business Alliance Excellence In Business awards black-tie gala, My Business My Pride. Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Oakland, December 7,  6-11 PM. 

Get your glitz and glam on for this black-tie optional gala, the largest local LGBTQ+ event to recognize outstanding accomplishments of our LGBTQ+ businesses, members and Allied partners. This upscale, formal event will include a gourmet dinner, entertainment, and an awards ceremony followed a party including dancing and celebration marking the 5th Anniversary of Three Rivers Business Alliance. 

Every award the chamber gives highlights the significant investment and innovation of our friends and neighbors working to support a thriving and inclusive economy for all. 

Meal Choices (all meal selections are gluten free) 

1. Chicken Romano and Italian Beef Braciole (Italian style roulade, pounded thin and stuffed with prosciutto, cheese and herbs) 

2. Eggplant Parmesan with Marinara 

Sautéed green beans.

Roasted Red potatoes with rosemary and peppercorn.

2023 Award Recipients

Nicolette Rafalski Spirit of Pride Award

Winner: Mike Testa, Testa Consulting

Recognizes a family member, colleague, parent, or other individual who has provided unwavering support, encouragement and assistance to an LGBTQ+ entrepreneur or aspiring business owner. This individual is a role model, an inspiration to others, compassionate, caring and uncompromising in their support of the LGBTQ+ community or specifically to the person nominating.

PNC Bank LGBTQ+ Small Business of the Year Award

Winner: Brewers Bar

PNC Bank LGBTQ+ Large Business of the Year Award 

Winner: Steven Chupkina, Academy of Real Estate Careers

PNC Bank LGBTQ+  New Small Business Rising Star

Winner: Alex Robba Cakes

These awards recognize LGBTQ+ owned businesses or individual business owners who demonstrate high commitment in the face of obstacles, have an entrepreneurial spirit and vision, have achieved notable success and are leaders in their field.

National Fuel LGBTQ+ Leader of the Year Award

Winner: Richard Parsakian, EONS Fashions

This award recognizes an LGBTQ+ owned business, LGBTQ+ business owner, organization or other LGBTQ+ individual has achieved significant professional or community success and provided long-term, ongoing leadership in and to the LGBTQ+ community. This individual protects and empowers other LGBTQ+ individuals to achieve their dreams. This award is for a recipient who has a substantial and long history of achievement and commitment.

Essential Utilities Excellence in Creative Arts Award

Winner: Duane Binion, True T Studio

This award recognizes an LGBTQ+ or allied business, business owner, organization or individual who themselves are a creator or supports or employs LGBTQ+ artists and creatives. This candidate puts color inside our world. 

Testa Consulting Technological Innovation Award

Winner: Equality Careers, Jessica Eberley

This award is for any LGBTQ+ or allied individual, business or organization working in or serving the tech industry, and has demonstrated innovative technologies, excellence and commitment in harnessing technology to solve problems that advance the LGBTQ+ community, support it's needs, amplify the voices of marginalized communities.

Covestro Chamber Member of the Year Award

Winner:  Micah Caporali, Endo Pharmaceuticals

An individual or business who is a member of 3RBA, demonstrates the values of 3RBA and makes significant contributions to Three Rivers Business Alliance leadership and success. This candidate exemplifies the mission of 3RBA.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Champion in DEI

Winner: Virginia Culbreath, Allegheny County Airport

This award is for any allied or LGBTQ+ business, corporation or organization that actively and innovatively demonstrates excellence in modeling, promoting and practicing DEI efforts, promotes inclusivity and diversity in their work policies and hiring practices, supports MBE/LGBTBE procurement, offers DEI education and programming, and takes action to hire or support LGBTQ+ and other marginalized employees. This award is not for an individual.

Pittsburgh Penguin Inspiration in The Workplace Award

Winner: Bradley Wilkins, Key Bank

This award is for any individual, LGBTQ or Ally, that actively develops, contributes and promotes economic development, job creation, stability and success for LGBTQ+ people. This award recognizes those who go above and beyond, serve as a role model to others, and are an inspiration in their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. These individuals promote and develop inclusive environments and efforts that support LGBQ+ individuals to thrive in their workplace. This award is not for an organization or corporation.

Enterprise Equitable Health Institute LGBTQ+ Ally Business Award 

Winner: Jessica McConnell, Goodwill Industries

This award recognizes an Ally business or corporation that is not LGBTQ+ owned or managed and has actively, uniquely or innovatively demonstrated their commitment to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in their workplace and community. This candidate has led in the DEI field and has a track record of supporting LGBTQ+ individuals and stand against up against discrimination. 

UPMC LGBTQ+ Community Champion Award

Winner:  Shawn " Spike" Smith, Smith Construction

This award recognizes any individual, ERG group, business or organization that provides outstanding volunteer support to help 3RBA and/or other LGBTQ+ organizations achieve their missionIt recognizes efforts to support, empower, and uplift the LGBTQ+ community through various initiatives and activities that support LGBTQ+ organizations.

Nelson Mullins LGBTQ+ Emerging Leader Award

Winner: Jordan Botta, Duquesne Light, Political Candidate

This award recognizes any LGBTQ+ professional 35 or younger who has achieved success in his/her/they/them/their profession, demonstrates and leads in the workplace or community to advance and support LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion.

YWCA Enterprising Woman of the Year

Winner: Maria Montaño, City of Pittsburgh Mayoral Spokesperson

Recognizes an LGBTQ+ individual person who identifies as a woman and distinguishes themself in the chamber, their business, or profession as an outstanding and innovative leader who advances marginalized women entrepreneurs, community members or employees. 

EnterChange Group Gender Expansive Leadership Award

Winner: Kristian Lamar Robinson, Owner: KI Heavy Construction 

This award recognizes a Transgender or Gender Expansive business owner or local leader (inclusive of individuals who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and/or gender expansive) who has distinguished themselves in the chamber, their business, community, or profession and has demonstrated leadership in practice and/or advocacy for gender and LGBTQ+ equity.


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