Planned to conclude our event is Heather Arnet, who brings much nonprofit experience to our lineup.

For the last twelve years, Heather Arnet has served as the CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, raising millions of dollars and leading a membership of several thousand in advancing state and local laws to increase rights and opportunities for working families. She has advocated on the local, state, and federal levels for paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage, greater protections for domestic violence victims, equal pay mandates, and women’s health care. Prior to joining WGF, Heather worked in marketing, business development, and government affairs in the private and non-profit sectors. She is passionately committed to social justice and gender equity.

The Women and Girls Foundation promotes social change by addressing fundamental social inequalities and raising the awareness of these inequities to the media, voters, legislators and corporate and non-profit decision-makers. By serving as an independent and clear voice, the foundation strives to bring together women and men in the region to work together to find solutions to create sustained equity for all of its citizens. WGF empowers its donors to invest their dollars strategically and collaboratively to support women and girls’ efforts. WGF then gather those donations and make strategic investments, through grant awards, made to regional non-profits to support systemic change initiatives, at the state and local levels, focused at developing more equitable public and corporate policies to ensure women and girls in our region can realize their full potential.

Arnet previously served as a member of the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Education from 2007 to 2009 and currently serves as Board Chair of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership and Chair of the Ms. Foundation for Women board. Arnet earned her B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997.

Arnet has been identified as one of Pittsburgh’s “Top 40 under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine, as one of the “Top Twelve Noteworthy Business Leaders” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and received the Diamond Award, for “Outstanding CEO Leadership” by the Pittsburgh Business Times and recognized with a PNC “Woman of Legacy” award. She has been published in the Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Business Times, and interviewed on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, Huffington Post Live, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC and CBS Nightly News, KDKA, WPXI, WTAE, WYEP, WESA, and NPR.