Newsmaker: Lilas Soukup
Noteworthy: The Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board selected Soukup as its 2013 Woman of the Year, citing her leadership of the National Energy Technology Laboratory's Federal Women's Program for the past 15 years. The board represents more than 20,000 employees from more than 100 federal agencies in the Pittsburgh region.
Residence: South Park
Occupation: Public affairs specialist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in South Park.
Education: Soukup earned an associate's degree in business administration from the Community College of Allegheny County and studied computer science at Penn State University.
Background: Soukup has worked at the National Energy Technology Laboratory for 35 years, holding finance and information-technology positions. She has coordinated the laboratory's Federal Women's Program for 15 years, ensuring that women are treated equally in the workplace and addressing their concerns.
Quote: “In the past few years, I have watched numerous young women here achieve more than previous generations of women could have dreamed. I am proud to have been part of such a positive change at the National Energy Technology Laboratory.”