Rising Leaders Break Out Session 1

Gaining Mentors & Becoming One

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Linda L. Stevenson founder and chair for Erie ATHENA PowerLink/ATHENA Erie and retired, Senior Vice President, PNC’s Women’s Business Development Program.  Prior to her position with PNC she was named director of National City Corporation initiative for Women Business Owners in 2002. Under her leadership National City was recognized in a national study funded by the prestigious Ewing Marion Foundation as one of three banks demonstrating “best practices” in providing access to capital to women-owned businesses.


Linda is known for work with women who own businesses and for her support of female entrepreneurs and professionals.  She founded and trademarked the Women’s Economic Development Outreach Tour (WEDO); expanding it to nine states reaching over 11,000 professional women and women in business, to bring information and focused resources to them. Her greatest pride is the success of the ATHENA PowerLink program which she introduced and developed in 30 communities throughout the nation. She leveraged her position in banking to enable her to seek and establish relationships with organizations whose mission is to improve the economic status of women business owners.  She is committed to bringing people together to mentor the next generation of women.  Linda is dedicated to understanding the issues affecting women in business and forging partnerships with advocacy groups to bring women’s leadership to the forefront.  

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Linda Holman has over 25 years of human resources, customer service and leadership experience and works as Erie Insurance and HealthAmerica. She earned her MBA at Gannon University and a Bachelor's degree in Management from Penn State Erie. Linda is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources through Society of Human Resource Management and a Registered Corporate Coach through WABC.


Linda has passion for helping others discover their full potential and opened her own coaching business, Root Discovery in 2017. She has volunteered for Erie ATHENAPowerLink® program for many years and serves on the Board of Northwest Institute of Research (NWIR).


Linda is a lifelong resident of Erie, Pennsylvania.