As president of Pittsburgh’s Public Library System, Dr. Mistick is responsible for the strategic leadership and operation of Pittsburgh’s greatest educational treasure, serving 2.2 million visitors and circulating 3.2 million items annually. Dr. Mistick commissioned the library’s first economic impact study documenting the library’s role in literacy and learning in addition to the library’s annual contribution of over $168 million to the Pittsburgh region’s economy. Additionally, she launched the first ever capital campaign for the library, which has renovated 10 neighborhood branches. The successful $58 million campaign is a collaboration of public, foundation, corporate and community support.
Prior to Dr. Mistick’s career in educational settings, she had over 20 years experience as an entrepreneur and business leader. Recognizing a need to provide transportation services to homebound handicapped individuals and developmentally disadvantaged students, she founded Mobility, Inc. She developed and managed this start up into a multi-million dollar business, growing at a multiple year annualized growth rate in excess of 250 percent. Mobility Inc. was later acquired by Laidlaw Transit Ltd., the largest pupil transportation carrier in North America. Recognizing Mistick’s expertise in the industry, Laidlaw appointed her as general manager of the Western Pennsylvania District, where she had management responsibility for eight terminal locations and more than 1,000 employees.
Dr. Mistick is widely recognized as an advocate for women’s issues. She is former chairwoman of the board of directors, on the International ATHENA Foundation, an international leadership organization dedicated to advancing opportunities for woman with programs in over 350 cities worldwide. She also served as a mentor for first-generation college students at Zayed University, the first women’s university in the United Arab Emirates. Currently, Dr. Mistick serves on the boards of Magee Women’s Hospital and the Pennsylvania Economy League. She has served on the White House Office of Women’s Initiatives, Economic Advisory Council and was former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge’s appointee on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. Dr. Mistick was recognized in 2010 by the University of Pittsburgh with a “Distinguished Alumna” award; Pittsburgh’s Top 50 Business Leaders by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Athena Award; SBA Women’s Business Advocate Award; and was named Woman of the Year in Education by Vectors International. The Women’s Center and Shelter awarded Dr. Mistick the Ted Craig Humanitarian Award.
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