Kenyokee Crowell is not a native Pittsburgher, but since moving to Pittsburgh three years ago she has made her mark. Kenyokee is the Senior Vice President of Clinical Access at Allegheny Health Network and an Executive Committee Member with United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). Kenyokee’s job gives her the ability to share her wisdom and compassion every day. “What I love most about my job is that I am able to be very creative in how I go about doing my work. And I love the fact that I’m able to do things that are truly impactful to the patients that we serve. I am not a direct caregiver, but I love the fact that all the work that I do in my department, if we do it well, will benefit the patients that we’re trying to care for.”
Kenyokee was involved with United Way in Cleveland and saw an opportunity when she came to Pittsburgh. “I wanted to try to get my organization more engaged with United Way and giving back. It was something that was personally important to me.”
For Kenyokee, the benefits of the WLC are clear. “I learned a lot about the causes other women support. Secondly, it’s a whole community of welcoming women and I think there is no force more powerful than a group of women that are likeminded. And lastly, I love getting to network and connect with other strong women. I would challenge any woman who is really on the fence, that they should give it a try for just one year. And I would guarantee that they would get far more in return than they’re investing, at the same time that those dollars go to work for great causes. That should be a challenge to every woman in the greater Pittsburgh area.”
Kenyokee also serves on the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the American Heart Association Greater Pittsburgh, and the Caring Foundation (for Highmark’s Caring Place). Her involvement stems from a desire “to leave the world a better place than you found it. I think you need to try to live your life that way every day. And sometimes you do that with little things. Sometimes you do that with big things. We should always be mindful that no matter what we have going on in our lives, there are people that are a lot worse off than we are,” says Kenyokee.
To learn more about United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, contact Lynne Popash at email@example.com in Allegheny County or Terri Dominick at firstname.lastname@example.org in Westmoreland County or Sherrie Dunlap Gallagher at email@example.com in Butler County.