CEO & Founder of Masters of Maternity
Aleta Heard is a wife, mother of two, technology expert & innovationist, entrepreneur, and a Vice President for Regulatory Business Solutions at BNY Mellon. She was raised in Pittsburgh where she spent most of her childhood growing up in North Braddock. She earned her master’s degree in Information Systems Management from Duquesne University and her undergraduate degrees are from Slippery Rock University and the Community College of Allegheny County. Aleta also has experience as a Senior Systems Analyst, improving and creating micro-services and APIs, as a front end and back end developer, Infrastructure Analyst, IT Field Technician and a Global Commerce Support Engineer. Outside of her technology career, Aleta has always been passionate about community outreach and women’s empowerment. As a leader in the community, Aleta was nominated for the Athena Award, recognized by the Pittsburgh Courier as a “Woman of Excellence” in 2018 and received the Pittsburgh Business Times’ “30 under 30 award” in 2020. Aleta currently co-chairs a Diversity & Inclusion Committee within BNY Mellon. During her time at PNC Financial Services Inc., Aleta held several leadership roles within PNC’s employee business resource groups and led various workshops and events on networking, professional development, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, career advancement and advocating for minorities in technology. As a change agent, she has found her purpose in the advancement of women using technology to reshape the trajectory of maternal health throughout the motherhood journey.
Gender Equity & Intersectionality: Improving Outcomes for Black Women in Pittsburgh In September of 2019, the City of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission released its report, Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race, illustrating the stark disparities in livability occurring in the Pittsburgh region, specifically noting that the City of Pittsburgh is one of the worst areas for black women to live and thrive. Two years later, many in the region ask, what has been done with this knowledge? This panel discussion will bring perspectives from the Gender Equity Commission, regional health institutions, and the nonprofit sector together for a conversation addressing the actions necessary to improve outcomes and eradicate disparities in our region.