ATHENA International to present Global Leadership Award to Christine Toretti

ATHENA International to present Global Leadership Award to Highly-decorated Christine Toretti, Trailblazing Businesswoman, Small Business Advocate, Community Influencer, Philanthropist, US Ambassador and Champion for Women Leaders - from Indiana, PA

Cary, NC (December 6, 2018): ATHENA International, a global non-profit organization whose mission is to develop, support and honor women leaders, announced today that Andrea Conner, President, presented the ATHENA Global Leadership Award to Christine Jack Toretti, Chairman and CEO of Palladio, LLC in Indiana, PA on December 6, 2018 at Indiana County Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon at the Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Center in Indiana, PA. The award is sponsored by S&T Bancorp, Inc. and Colonial Toyota. 

The ATHENA Global Leadership Award is presented to an exceptional woman leader who demonstrates professional excellence, gives back to her community, assists other women in realizing their full leadership potential and has created an international impact on the lives of women. Toretti joins a prestigious list of global recipients including Condoleezza Rice, Pat Summit, Dolores Huerta, Billie Jean King, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Marlo Thomas and Laura Liswood. 

“Christine was the first female board chair in the company’s history,” said Todd Brice, President and CEO of S&T Bank.  “We have been the benefactors of her astute business acumen, her grace and her intellect.”  She served as a director of the bank since 1984 and vice chair since 2013. She is also a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank, Pittsburgh branch. 

“Christine is a pioneer in many walks of life,” says Chuck Spadafora, owner of Colonial Toyota.  “True to her leadership style, she is always teaching, preparing others to take on more responsibility and helping others to find a path forward.” 

Prior to her tenure at Palladio, Toretti served for over 27 years at the S.W. Jack Drilling Company, the largest, privately-held, land-based drilling company in the United States, founded by her grandfather. She became CFO in 1983, then became CEO after the sudden passing of her father in 1990. 

She is regarded as a trailblazer in the energy industry. Governor Mark Schweiker appointed her as his representative on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. She also served on the National Petroleum Council and as a member of the advisory board for the US Secretary of Energy.

Women Inc named Toretti to the 2018 Most Influential Corporate Board of Directors. She currently serves on the boards of EQT Corporation, The Kiski School and the International Medical Corpos, an NGO that has been lauded as the most fiscally efficient in the world while serving those who are distressed. 

Toretti served as state Republican National Committee woman for two decades. In 2016, she was elected to serve on the US Presidential transition team for the Small Business Administration. In 2018 she was nominated by President Donald Trump to become the United States Ambassador to Malta. Campaigns and Elections and Women named her one of the Top 50 Influencers of 2014. 

“Few people can take their passion for the advancement of women and devote their time and resources to implement results on a national scale,” said Conner. Toretti founded and chairs the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series in PA which has graduated its 10th class, and the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series in Arizona. Both schools are leadership training programs designed to educate, empower and advance women for roles in public office, elected, appointed or grass roots activists. 

 “Her compulsion for building a strong future for community is unparalleled,” said Ellen Ruddock, ATHENA International Board member and nominator. She is an active participant in the efforts of the Indiana County Industrial Development Corporation, Director Emerita of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Economic Operations and the Alice Paul House shelter for women and children. A sought-after advisor, Toretti holds an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she served as president of the Foundation.

Additional honors and awards include:  Boy Scouts of America, Citizen of the Year 2007 and the Golden Achievement Award, Junior Achievement. 

Toretti insists that her greatest gifts are her three sons. “I coached their baseball teams and challenged them in ice hockey when they were young.” She adds, “I got a lot of places because I was a woman and I was the token, but I stayed because I did a damn good job.” 

Since 1982, the ATHENA International vision has been to create a balance in the voices of leadership worldwide. For more information visit www.athenainternational.org

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