Share This Page

CBS' Woodruff highlights inspirational messsage

| Sunday, June 16, 2013, 7:31 p.m.
john altdorfer | for the tribune-review
Morgan and Kathy O'Brien with Grant and Aradhna Oliphant during An Evening with Lee Woodruff – United for Women at the Fairmont Hotel.
john altdorfer | for the tribune-review
Christen Cieslak and Lee Woodruff with Morgan and Kathy O'Brien during An Evening with Lee Woodruff – United for Women at the Fairmont Hotel.

“She's an inspirational speaker,” said United Way of Allegheny County prez Bob Nelkin. “(She) keeps people spellbound and gets right to the message, which is that people have to care about each other and help them get back on their feet.”

Living up to her reputation, New York Times best-selling author and “CBS This Morning” contributor Lee Woodruff didn't disappoint, keeping 225 guests of United Way and United for Women glued to their seats June 10. In town for a special event hosted by Morgan andKathy O'Brien and Grant andAradhna Oliphant, Woodruff bolstered an already inspirational evening unfolding at the Fairmont, Downtown.

With the goal of putting the spotlight on the issues that veterans, especially women soldiers, face when returning home, the program included a remarkably candid point of view from Army Lt. Col. Christen Cieslak, who is also a project director at Oxford Development Co.

“They train us to readjust,” she said. “People ask, ‘Are you happy to be at home?' And we say, ‘We're taking it one day at a time.' ”

Cieslak was effortlessly amusing one moment and compellingly poignant the next.

“If there's a dry eye in the place, I'm gonna be shocked,” said United Way's Pat Siger.

Also spied were Laura Ellsworth, Elizabeth Terrell, Gina Pferdehirt, Anne Lewis and Cally Vennare.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.