Philadelphia Magazine’s 7th Annual Trailblazer Award Luncheon

The Trailblazer Award acknowledges and celebrates a woman who has significantly impacted the Philadelphia community.

This extraordinary woman has not only paved her own way with hard work and dedication, but has also committed herself to blazing trails for future generations.
Philadelphia Magazine is proud to announce that their Seventh Annual Trailblazer Award, dedicated to Women in Business, is presented to Ahmeenah Young, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (above with Marian Conicella, Publisher of Philadelphia Magazine and founder of the Trailblazer Award, on the left). This accomplished women has not only paved her own way through her effort and achievement, but has committed herself to paving the way for future generations of female business leaders.

Yesterday, Tuesday February 8, 2011, Philadelphia magazine, along with the region’s most influential women, gathered at Stephen Starr’s Butcher & Singer and hosted the luncheon, which was also sponsored by Tiffany & Co. to honor Ahmeenah Young.
Reporter Nydia Hann from 6ABC emceed the event, here with from left Linda Munich, VP and Director of Public Affairs 6ABC/WPVI, Pamela Browner White, Senior VP/Public Affairs and Government Relations for the Philadelphia Eagles, Ahmeenah Young, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and Rosemary Turner. Vice President UPS Metro Philadelphia.
Carolyn Short, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Reed Smith LLP, and Kris Flynn, Senior Account Executive at Philadelphia magazine
David H. Lipson, Jr is President of Metro Corp, stops by to chat with the ladies from 6ABC
Carol Drumstas, Area Manager for PA / East at Brown Forman Beverages and Dana Spain, President of DLG Communications.
Kathleen Kelly, Finley catering, Alana Tosti, Sr. Brand Manager of Philadelphia Wedding magazine. (recently came on board at the magazine from Teen Vogue) and Adrienne Krysiuk Robertson’s Flowers is honored to be the sole floral provider for the second year in a row!
Tom McGrath Editor-in-Chief, Philadelphia magazine
listening to one of the many trailblazing women that
Young is on the boards of the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Multi-Cultural Affairs Congress, African American Museum, The Center City District, Advisory Council of the National Multicultural Tourism Conference, American Red Cross Spectrum Committee and the National Association of Hispanic Meeting Planners.

She serves on the Host Committee of the US/African Business Summit and the Black Public Administrators and is on the Strategic Planning Committee, Professional Convention Management Association.
Ray Raby, Group Director Philadelphia Market, Tiffany & Co., honoring Ahmeenah Young and presenting her with a beautiful Tiffany Sterling Silver Ribbon.
Young’s vision is that every visitor to the city of Philadelphia- tourist, conventioneer or business traveler–will have a memorable experience and look forward to returning. Acknowledging that achievement of the vision will require a collaborative effort across many agencies, Young maintained that the City is ready and praised the dedication and expertise of Philadelphia’s own hospitality and tourism industry professionals, including the PCCA’s staff, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB), the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, the Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC), and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC).
Nikki Hawkins, Producer of FYI 6ABC (or as my boyfriend would say lucky as can be as she gets to work with Adam Joseph.), Charisse Lillie (past recipient of the Trailblazer Award)and Mary Dougherty, Nicole Miller boutiques in Manayunk and at the Bellevue. Mary tells me that Nicole Miller will be at “The Bellevue Gets Engaged” on March 5th again. Tickets can be found here: The Bellevue Gets Engaged A truly all-inclusive wedding event experience for the most fashionable brides-to-be at the 19th Floor of the Hyatt at The Bellevue. Sip signature cocktails courtesy of and Chambord Flavored Vodka, and Little Black Dress Wines and enjoy hors d’oeuvres by XIX Restaurant.

City Representative Melanie Johnson. Melanie is participating in 3rd Annual Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars, to benefit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America’s Philadelphia/Delaware Valley chapter, April 10 at the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing. Tickets for the 5 to 10 p.m. event are $100 and available at, or by calling 215-471-8686 Isn’t that coat is adorable, I don’t know if you can see but it has that “rose” effect that has become popular with woman’s bags lately.
The lunch at Butcher & Singer was delicious as usual. It was the first time I had their Salmon and I think it’s the best in the City. Well then there were the cute rabbit shaped carrot cakes that were beyond delicious. Also spotted in the room enjoying the festivities, Jenn Shockley, Tracy Seng, Ilana Waber, Corie Moskow, President of Gloss Pr, and spotted in the room Gloria Caarez, Director of LGBT Affairs, Office of Mayor Michael Nutter, Randi Sirkin, Director of Creative Services of Starr Restaurants, Ashley Primis, Starr Restaurants, Jane Yepez, Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs, Virtua Health, Judy Spires, The president of Acme Markets and former recipients of the Trailblazers Award, Judith M Von Seldeneck, Chairman/CEO, Diversified Search, Ray & Berndtson, Michelle Bunting, President & Co-Owner of Horizon Pediatric Systems, Inc, Melissa Weiler Gerber, and Denise Morrison.