President & CEO
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Mary Stengel Austen co-founded The Tierney Group in 1989, a predecessor to today’s Tierney Communications, one of the mid-Atlantic region’s largest communications agencies and a member of the Interpublic Group of companies (NYSE: IPG). Tierney serves clients representing industry leaders including Bayer Environmental Science, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Independence Blue Cross, McDonald’s, PECO, the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, Sun Life Financial, TD Bank and Verizon Wireless.
Mary developed her expertise in the areas of consumer, issues management and crisis communications. She has counseled and developed strategic communications plans for several national companies including Viacom International, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, GlaxoSmithKline and Disney.
Mary serves on a number of boards of directors including Main Line Health, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Mary was also recently named United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s 2011 Campaign Chair.
In 2011, Mary accepted SmartCEO Publishing’s “2011 Brava! Women Business Achievement Award,” which annually recognizes the region’s top 25 female leaders for their entrepreneurial spirit, passion, success and philanthropic focus in their cities.
In 2010, Mary was selected as the recipient of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Paradigm Award, the region’s most prestigious award for businesswomen. The award is presented annually to an influential chief executive of a for-profit enterprise with a strong economic impact on the region.
Mary was also recognized by the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters with its 2009 Civic Leadership Award for her contributions to civic involvement and humanitarian causes. She was also chosen as the 2009 Women of Heart Honoree for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon.
Mary is a graduate of Lafayette College and a member of its Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Forum of Executive Women.
News and Community Affairs Director
Clear Channel Media+Entertainment Philadelphia
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Loraine Ballard Morrill is currently News Director and Community Affairs Director for Clear Channel Media+ Entertainment’s six Philadelphia stations. They are Power 99 fm, WDAS FM, Radio 104.5 FM., Mix 106.1, 1480 WJJZ AM and Q102 FM. Loraine hosts and produces CC Philadelphia’s Community Affairs Programs which are “Insight” airing on WDAS FM, WDAS AM and Power 99 fm and “What’s Going On” which airs on Q102, Radio 104.5 and Mix 106.1. Loraine also coordinates community outreach and campaigns for all the stations. Under her leadership Power 99 was the first station to receive five National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Service Awards and the first to receive its inaugural Crystal Heritage Award.
Loraine has created numerous award winning Community Service Campaigns. A series of radio messages encouraging racial harmony won the Mayor’s Award for Excellence. An anti-drug campaign received the White House Award for Private Sector Initiatives and the National Council on Drug Abuse/Entertainment Industry Council Award for Excellence. In 2000 the station was honored by the Points of Light Foundation as a Daily Point of Light.
Among her numerous honors—Ms. Morrill has received The Philadelphia Human Relations Commission Human Rights Award, The Tri-State Black Media Coalitions Outstanding Women In Media Award, and The Women’s Alliance For Job Equity’s Certificate of Courage for her support of women confronting discrimination and commitment to combating Prejudice. She received the Philadelphia Congress of the National Political Congress of Black Women Media Award. Ms. Morrill won The Mercury Award for Best Public Service Announcement in 96 And 97, The 1997 NAACP President’s Award. She has received Allstate Youth Mentoring Award, and Congressman Lucien Blackwell’s Guiding Light of the Community Award. In 2001 the March of Dimes honored Morrill with the Achievement in Radio Lifetime Achievement Award making her the first woman to receive the accolade. Most recently she was the recipient of 2006 “Women Making a Difference” Award sponsored by Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, the 2008 John Allen Blue Award from BEBASHI, St. John’s Community Services 2009 Community Service Award and the 2009 Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists Community Service Award. In 2010 Loraine received the prestigious Power Over Stroke Ambassadors Award presented by the American Stroke Association. In 2012 she received ActionAIDS’s “Favorite Straight Person 2012” previously awarded former Governor Edward Rendell and former Mayor John Street for her long term and consistent coverage of the AIDS epidemic. In addition Loraine was the recipient of the inaugural Karin A. Phillips Excellence Award presented by the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society. In addition – Loraine spearheaded the stations’ support of the Variety Club which resulted in Clear Channel Media+Entertainment Philadelphia receiving the 2012 Variety International Corporate Award. In 2013 Loraine received the 15th Annual Harris Wofford Active Citizenship Award from the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, The Lutheran Settlement House Woman of Courage Communication and Advocacy Award and the Women’s Opportunity Center’s Community Impact Award.
Ms. Ballard Morrill has served on the Board of the American Lung Association, The Philadelphia Urban League, The Centers for Literacy, Champions of Caring, Philadelphia Committee for Children and Youth, Allies against Asthma, and the Advisory Council of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Adolescent Health Connections Media Project and the Philadelphia Variety Club. She currently sits on the boards of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress, and was recently appointed to the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy and has rejoined the board of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA She is a regular panel member on the School District of Philadelphia Channel’s Education Roundtable television program.
Vice President, Global Operational Excellence
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Autumn Bayles is the senior vice president of strategic operations at Tasty Baking Company, currently leading the company’s merger with new owner Flowers Foods. The company, headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, was founded in 1914 and is the manufacturer of the popular Tastykake brand. Bayles is active in both the business and charitable communities. She is affiliated with many local o rganizations such as the Union League of Philadelphia, serves on the boards of the Wilma Theater, and is the new President of The Forum of Executive Women. She also regularly speaks at industry, community events, and conferences, and was named as one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” for Pennsylvania and selected for the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award. Bayles is a graduate of Lehigh University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. She also holds an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
V.P., Support Services
PECO, an Exelon Company
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In her role as Vice President, Support Services, Ellen M. Cavanaugh is responsible for all of PECO’s Operations Support functions, including environmental and safety programs, training, real estate, and facilities and fleet maintenance. PECO, a unit of Exelon Corporation, serves 1.6 million electric customers and 490,000 natural gas customers in Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania. Professional History Prior to her current role, Cavanaugh served in various executive positions at Exelon and PECO, including Vice President, Electric Supply & Transmission and Vice President of Quality Assurance. Cavanaugh joined PECO in April 1989 as Assistant General Counsel and served as supervising attorney of the Legal Department’s Litigation section. She also had responsibility for the Company’s Claims Division and served as Director of Risk Management, with responsibility for the Company’s liability prevention programs. Prior to joining PECO, Cavanaugh was a Litigation Attorney at the Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania and an Associate in the Litigation section of the law firm of Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz, in Philadelphia. Civic and Board Involvement Cavanaugh currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Affiliate. She is past president of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel and former Board Member of Women’s Way, as well as a member and past Board Member of The Forum of Executive Women. Education Cavanaugh is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and obtained her Juris Doctor Degree, cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law. In 1986, she completed the program for Manager Development at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. She is also a graduate of Leadership, Inc., a community leadership development program in Philadelphia, and the Exelon Leadership Institute at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University. Family Cavanaugh and her husband David live in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and have two daughters.
President & CEO
Urban League of Philadelphia
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Patricia A. Coulter, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Philadelphia, is the first woman to lead this affiliate of the National Urban League in its 90-year-history. Ms. Coulter is responsible for leading the organization’s strategic initiatives that defend civil rights and economically empower urban communities.
Ms. Coulter’s career history includes the corporate and non-profit sectors, holding senior positions in retained executive search, and global career-management firms. For more than a decade she led INROADS, a not-for-profit that supports businesses in gaining greater access to diversity talent.
A civic leader who is highly-regarded for her professional accomplishments and commitment to public service, Ms. Coulter serves on many non-profit boards and associations, and has been appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to serve on several Commissions.
Ms. Coulter earned a BS degree in Music from Knoxville College and a MEd from the University of Louisville. She also completed Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, and is a contributing author in the “2010 State of Black America report.”
President & CEO
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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Varsovia Fernandez has helped the GPHCC achieve record levels of membership, revenues and member-driven activities through the implementation of new strategies and programs. She has also worked with legislators in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. to craft legislation that has impacted small and medium sized businesses in the region.
Most importantly, under Ms. Fernandez’s leadership the GPHCC has created a voice for Hispanic business in the region by developing a programmatic strategy that helps build on the small business, professional and corporate Hispanic markets.
Ms. Fernandez is an executive with over fifteen years of senior management expertise across industries including, information technology, venture capital, commercial lending and eCommerce. She is recognized for her continued work to maximize government and corporate relations as an advocate of the Latino community.
Ms. Fernandez serves on various boards including the Community College of Philadelphia Board of Trustees, Multicultural Affairs Congress, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission and the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission.
The Pennsylvania Society
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Carol McCullough Fitzgerald is the fifth Executive Director of The Pennsylvania Society and the first woman to hold that post. Prior to that, she produced and organized programs and major special events, managed political campaigns, and planned highly successful fundraising strategies. In conjunction with the Republican National Convention of 2000, she developed and produced an interactive celebration of the American presidency called PoliticalFest. Prior to PoliticalFest, Ms. Fitzgerald was the Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations at Drexel University, and the Senior Associate Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Fitzgerald serves on numerous boards and commissions, including the boards of Historic Philadelphia, Inc. and Chestnut Hill College. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Masters degree from Drexel University.
Moore College of Art and Design
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Cecelia Fitzgibbon is the eighth president of Moore College of Art & Design. Prior to coming to Moore, she spent 16 years as a professor, director and department head of Drexel University’s Arts Administration and Arts & Entertainment Enterprise programs. As a professor in that program, she focused her research on leadership and transition in the cultural ecosystem. Serving as department head for Arts & Entertainment Enterprise, she implemented cutting-edge curriculum, directed revenue-generating academic enterprises and advised the dean on matters related to curriculum development and educational policy.
From 1993 to 1994, President Fitzgibbon directed policy planning, program design, fund raising, communications and organizational development as executive director of the New England Foundation for the Arts. She also spent eight years as director of the Delaware Division of the Arts, where she led a $21.5 million arts stabilization project and the creation of the state’s first economic impact study model. President Fitzgibbon serves as executive editor of The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. She has been a speaker nationally and internationally on topics of leadership in the arts and cultural policy. In 2011, she was named one of the region’s top Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia.
University of Pennsylvania
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As President of the University of Pennsylvania, Amy Gutmann has dramatically increased financial aid, replacing loans with grants for undergraduates. She has expanded Penn’s global partnerships, further beautified the campus, adding 20 percent more green space, and raised more than $3 billion, more than all previous fundraising campaigns at Penn combined. An eminent political philosopher, she has written extensively on ethics and public policy, democracy, and education. She serves as President Obama’s Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Dr. Gutmann previously served as Provost at Princeton University.
Senior Vice President Healthcare, Not for Profit & Professionals Banking Group
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Irene Horstmann Hannan is Senior Vice President of Citizens Bank, and has responsibility as the Division Executive for managing the Bank’s commercial business with Not-for-Profit organizations, Health Care businesses and its Professionals Banking Group in Pennsylvania. She is responsible for full commercial banking with these sectors including credit, deposits, investments and all non-credit products. She has also served as the Division Executive for Government Banking.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, its Executive Committee, and chairs its Board Development Committee. Irene recently successfully chaired the national Search Committee to hire a new CEO of the organization. Irene was the co-chair of the Girl Scouts Take the Lead event in 2003 and 2004, the organization’s major fund raising event. She is a member and the past President of the Forum of Executive Women, the premier membership organization for senior women leaders in the Philadelphia region. She also has served as the Chair of the Forum Foundation. Irene was appointed by Pennsylvania’s Gov. Edward Rendell to serve three terms as a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. She is a board member of the Urban League of Philadelphia and serves on its Executive Committee. She also serves on several Advisory Boards. Irene has received numerous awards and recognitions from the community.
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Gail Kessler grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and attended the University of Delaware, where she received an Associate in Science degree in business management and then Temple University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. Her employment history includes high-level administrative positions at what was formerly Westmoreland Coal Company and subsequently at DelVal Business Finance Corp. She also founded a successful jewelry production company which sold to major department stores and specialty chains. At the same time, her greatest mission in life has been to raise three wonderful children, one of whom is married to a wonderful son-in-law. Her familial duties have now been expanded with two amazing grandchildren in Washington, D.C., whom she visits on a regular basis. Gail has a long and active history in political, civic, and charitable activities. She was appointed by former Governor Edward G. Rendell to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, on which she became an active commissioner for seven years. She helped run her husband Alan’s campaign for township commissioner in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, in which he won an upset victory as a Democrat in a district that was overwhelmingly Republican, becoming the first Democrat ever to win in that district. Her husband went on to serve three terms as a township commissioner, and Gail served on the Lower Merion Township Commissioners’ Council. Gail has attended four Democratic National Conventions in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Denver. At the Denver Democratic National Convention in 2008, Gail served as a delegate for Hilary Clinton. Gail served as a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Conference established by Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore to increase participation by women in all aspects of a national campaign, with a particular emphasis on voter registration, campaign finance, and voter turnout. The WLC was extremely successful, and Gail helped host two major events involving Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore in Philadelphia. In the 2000 election, Gail served as an alternate Elector of the Electoral College of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pledged to Democratic nominee Al Gore. Gail has also worked in a number of campaigns, including Ed Rendell’s mayoral campaigns and his gubernatorial campaigns. She also helped host women’s events for Dan Onorato, the Democratic nominee for governor, in 2010. Gail is also very fortunate to have attended many memorable events at the White House, including two state dinners, the Rabin-Arafat peace signing on the White House lawn, and a number of other very special events. Gail is active in her synagogue, Beth Hillel, and helps support the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a number of other charitable endeavors.
President & CEO
Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation
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As president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), Meryl Levitz is responsible for expanding Philadelphia’s regional tourism, worth $8.7 billion in economic impact and accounting for more than 85,000 regional jobs annually. The region welcomed 37.4 million domestic visitors in 2010, 33.1 million of whom were leisure visitors. That’s 10 million more leisure visitors than in 1997, when GPTMC first started marketing.
Vice President, Community Investment Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation
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Charisse R. Lillie is Vice President of Community Investment of Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation. She joined Comcast in 2005 as Vice President, Human
Resources-Comcast Corporation, and Senior Vice-President, Human Resources-Comcast Cable. She was a partner in the law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, in Philadelphia from January, 1992 to February, 2005. She was Chair of the Litigation Department from 2002 to 2005, and was a member of the Employment and Labor Law Group of the firm. She also served as an advisor to clients on diversity and anti discrimination issues. She is a frequent lecturer regarding diversity, community investment and
corporate social responsibility.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lillie’s legal experience included positions as Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, General Counsel to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia and City Solicitor of the City of Philadelphia. In addition, Ms. Lillie has been a member of many civic commissions. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Howard University, NBCUniversal Foundation, The Franklin Institute, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Philadelphia Electric Company, an Exelon Company. She has been honored by CableFAX: The Magazine as one of the top minorities and top women in cable.
The Houston, Texas native received her B.A. in 1973 from Wesleyan University – cum laude; her J.D. in 1976 from Temple Law School – Dean’s Honor List; and her LL.M. in 1982 from Yale Law School. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA, in 2005. In 2011, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Peirce College in Philadelphia, PA. She worked as a research assistant to the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. from 1975 to 1976 on his first book, In The Matter of Color. Ms. Lillie was law clerk to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1976-1978.
Executive Vice President & COO
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Kyra McGrath serves as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for WHYY, Inc, the public media outlet for Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey, which provides the community with informative, entertaining, in-depth programming on multiple platforms including television (WHYY-TV, Y Arts and Y Info), radio (WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, Pa., and Cape May Courthouse, Atlantic City, Manahawkin, Berlin and Bridgeton, NJ, and WHYY-HD), and the internet (whyy.org and NewsWorks.org), as well as through live events. As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, she is responsible for the operation of all of WHYY’s distribution platforms and production of all content, including news and information and arts and culture programming. She also manages support functions, including engineering, legal and government relations, and serves as Assistant Secretary of the WHYY Board of Directors. Prior to becoming Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Ms. McGrath served as WHYY’s Vice President for Strategic Projects and General Counsel.
Ms. McGrath is a past President of the Forum of Executive Women, a network of the region’s top 300 women executives, was the Founding Chair of the Mass Mutual Women’s Advisory Board for the Delaware Valley, and a Founding Member of the Advisory Board for Penn State Great Valley. She recently stepped down as Chair of the Board of the Philadelphia Division of the Salvation Army and is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Paradigm Award selection committee and the Forum’s Forum Award for Emerging Leaders selection committee.
In December 2003 she was named one of 25 Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal and in 2009 was named one of the 75 most influential Irish-American businesswomen in the United States by New York City’s Irish Voice newspaper. In 2011 she was one of the recipients of the Take the Lead Award from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh, PA native received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from the Universityof Pennsylvania School of Law.
Founder and President
Mondre Energy, Inc.
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Judith Mondre has a distinguished history of successful and innovative energy management and policy making, serving commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental and educational organizations. Her career in the energy field spans 19 years and her efforts have resulted in energy cost savings of hundreds of millions of dollars for her clients.
Her company, Mondre Energy, Inc., is a highly specialized woman-owned small business founded in 1998. MEI helps its clients identify objectives, devise strategies, implement programs and assess performance through market analysis and forecasting, load profiling, procurement strategies, demand reduction, rate and policy analysis, and strategic energy planning. In this era of changing regulation, commodity price volatility, technology advances, and sustainable solutions, MEI provides organizations with the ability to strike the proper balance between opportunity, cost and risk of their energy purchases, consumption and systems.
Ms. Mondre is an active member of the Statewide Evaluator Team retained by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission under Pennsylvania Act 129, and is involved in the evaluation of energy efficiency and demand reduction programs by the Commonwealth’s investor-owned electric distribution companies. She has overseen major procurements of electricity and natural gas for users in a wide range of industry sectors. She is also working on behalf of the Maryland Power Plant Research Program, providing expertise in electric utility economics, load forecasting, alternative generating technologies, and carbon trading. Mondre Energy most recently received a 2012 Excellence Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce for Sustainable Business.
Prior to founding Mondre Energy, Inc. Ms. Mondre served as the first Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia’s Municipal Energy Office under former Mayor Ed Rendell, building the Office into a nationally recognized leader in reducing energy costs and improving energy efficiency in municipal government operations. Under her leadership, the City received EPA’s Partner of the Year Award and Vice President Al Gore’s “Hammer Award” for Excellence in making Government more effective. She was Chair of the Urban Consortium Energy Task Force and the Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Program.
Ms. Mondre was named one of the “Best 50 Women in Business in Pennsylvania” in 2001. She has served on mayoral and gubernatorial transitions teams on energy and has been a technical advisor to energy publications. Ms. Mondre regularly participates in industry conferences as a featured speaker and panelist. In 2010, Ms. Mondre received Green Energy Award from Penn Future, recognizing her leadership in alternative energy procurement and policy development. She was also named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Ms. Mondre was appointed the first female Chairperson of the Anti-Defamation League of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Region, and serves on numerous committees focused on education, corporate partnerships and “No Place for Hate” initiatives. Ms. Mondre serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and has been a featured speaker or panelist for the Chamber and other organizations’ women-in-business events.
- President and Founder, Mondre Energy, Inc., 1998 to present
- Executive Director, Municipal Energy Office, City of Philadelphia, 1993 to 1998
- Executive Assistant to Commissioner, Public Property, City of Philadelphia, 1990 to 1993.
Affiliations and Memberships
- Member, Forum of Executive Women
- Board Member, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
- Board Member, the Genevieve Society
- National Commissioner, Anti-Defamation League
- Chair Emeritus, Anti-Defamation League, Philadelphia Region
- Board Member, Energy User News
- SUNY Stony Brook, BA History/Political Science, 1974
Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware
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Henri Moore is Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs for Citizens Bank. Her primary responsibility is to preserve and enhance Citizens Bank’s brand and reputation throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Moore manages public relations, media relations, special events, charitable contributions, philanthropic activities and community outreach activities.
Moore brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, media placement, community outreach and sponsorships. She has a proven track record of achieving exceptional results through partnership and collaboration.
Prior to joining Citizens Bank, Moore served as National Sales Manager for Comcast Corp. in Philadelphia, where she was responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships and creating business-building opportunities across a broad spectrum of products and markets. Moore is credited with negotiating and launching Comcast’s nationwide Affinity Programs and managing premier sponsorships. She also oversaw the introduction of “Imagitas,” a nationwide marketing partnership between the U.S. Postal Service and cable operators, which provides people who change addresses with information and product offers about cable, phone and high-speed Internet service at their new location.
Before joining Comcast, Moore managed corporate marketing campaigns for Home Box Office, Inc. in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
Active in community service that helps young people to realize their potential, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center and was 2011 Vice-Chair of its annual fundraiser. She also chairs a mentoring program for young girls attending the Russell Byers Charter School in Philadelphia; is Chairman of The Links, Inc., Penn Towne Chapter fundraiser; and is Program Advisor to LEAD (Leadership Education and Development Program in Business). Moore is also a member of Project H.O.M.E.’s Public Relations and Development Committee.
In April 2010, The Philadelphia Tribune recognized Moore as a “Woman on the Move.”
Moore received her bachelor of arts in business administration from Wittenberg University in Ohio with a major in marketing and a minor in economics.
A resident of Philadelphia, Moore and her husband Tony, are parents of two daughters and a son.
Philadelphia Academies, Inc.
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Lisa Nutter is President of Philadelphia Academies, Inc., a non-profit youth development organization that works in Philadelphia’s public high schools to provide career-based learning, college readiness supports, and positive adult networks that motivate young people to graduate and prepare them for the 21st century economy. Her work has focused on approaches that best support young people in their transition to adulthood. She actively advocates for, and her organization implements, instruction that links learning to the real world and promotes youth resiliency.
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Eliana Papadakis is a prominent figure in the Philadelphia area. She devotes her time to numerous community and philanthropic organizations. Eliana received the WOMAN ONE 2010 award given by Drexel University College of Medicine. She will be the honoree for the 2012 Go Red for Women award given by the PA American Heart Association. She currently serves on the following boards; PNC Bank Women’s Advisory Board, The Philadelphia Zoo, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philadelphia Encore Series, The Philadelphia Opera Company Aria Advisory board.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
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Natalye Paquin is an accomplished leader with over 25 years experience in executive and legal positions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois. Ms Paquin’s success in building teams, running a complex business emanates from her diverse leadership roles in large non-profits and in the nation’s 3rd and 7th largest urban public school districts. Committed to girl and women leadership, education and the arts, Ms. Paquin enjoys a national professional network and has a collaborative leadership style.
Natalye Paquin is the Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) a volunteer based non-profit organization with over 14,000 adult volunteers that serves 41,000 girls ages 5-17 in Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia counties. With a staff of 140, a $12 million operating budget and oversight of 13 properties, GSEP is the state’s largest girl serving organization and among the largest Girl Scout Councils in the nation, focused on developing leadership qualities in girls to prepare them as successful global citizens. Prior to joining the Girl Scouts, Ms. Paquin was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Kimmel Center, Inc., directing the Center’s day-to-day operations across three venues (Kimmel Center, Academy of Music, and Merriam Theater). In that role she oversaw a $35 million budget and led a work force of nearly 300 employees and volunteers.
Ms. Paquin began her career as a litigation attorney and entered the public sector as a Regional Attorney with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. She worked with the Chicago Public Schools as an attorney, a senior advisor to the Board, and chief purchasing officer where she oversaw $1billion in annual expenditures. Her work in education continued with the School District of Philadelphia as Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer.
Natalye Paquin is a Board Director of National Penn Bancshares and is an active civic leader through her service on various boards including the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, The Philadelphia Award Foundation, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and Virtua Hospital’s HR Committee of the Board of Directors.
Education and Professional Development
Ms. Paquin received a Juris Doctor from DePaul University, College of Law, and a B.S. from Florida A & M University. Additionally, she was a national Fellow of the Broad Urban Superintendents Academy, and completed Executive Education Programs at Harvard’s and Loyola University Business Schools.
Honors and Recognition
Recognized for exceptional leadership and community service, Natalye Paquin has been profiled in Main Line Today, Directors and Boards, and The Philadelphia Lawyer. Ms. Paquin’s honors include the: Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Business Award, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Governance Award, Tribune Magazine-Philadelphia’s Most Influential African Americans, Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction Award, Illinois State Treasurer’s Leadership Award, and the Kathy Oysterman Award-Outstanding Executive, finalist.
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
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Alicja Plonska is a Financial Advisor at Global Wealth Management of Merrill Lynch. She works with affluent individuals, and successful business women and men in the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and California areas. She also specializes in working with public and private companies and foundations. She provides comprehensive wealth management and private banking solutions offering both, true intimacy and personal attention of a boutique office and the global resources of one of the world’s largest financial services firm.
Alicja is a mother of 3 sons. She devotes her free time to financial literacy and educating parents and grandparents on tools and strategies on how to raise financially responsible children and grandchildren.
Alicja serves on the board of the Philadelphia League of Women Voters and is an active member of numerous non profit organizations including the Kosciuszko Foundation.
Alicja received Masters Degree from Temple University, where she graduated magna cum laude with both Bachelors and Masters simultaneously.
President and Director
Free Library of Philadelphia
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Siobhan Reardon is President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the first woman to serve in this capacity. Previously, Ms. Reardon was Executive Director of the Westchester (NY) Library System, a 38-member cooperative system, and prior to that, she was Deputy Executive Director of the Brooklyn Public Library. She is chair of the board of LYRASIS, a library services organization, and also serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Education Fund, and the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children.
Philadelphia City Council
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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is currently serving her fourth term as a member of Philadelphia City Council. Reynolds Brown is the only woman to win a Philadelphia At-Large Council seat since 1999. On January 2, 2012 Councilwoman Reynolds Brown was elected Majority Whip, and is the only woman serving in City Council Leadership.
Councilwoman Reynolds Brown is dedicated to enriching the lives of Philadelphia residents by “Putting People First.” As an educator, community activist, political leader and concerned parent, her focus and commitment to helping others defined her work prior to her election to Philadelphia City Council. After graduating from the Philadelphia High School for Girls, Reynolds Brown earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Science in Education, both from Penn State University. She started her career in the classroom as a teacher with the School District of Philadelphia. Reynolds Brown then began a career as a professional dancer, ultimately earning a place as a company member of the Philadelphia Dance Company, affectionately known as Philadanco. Following her company membership, she continued her affiliation with Philadanco, becoming a dance instructor and later a board member for 20 years.
A sought-after speaker, Councilwoman Reynolds Brown often devotes her programmatic and legislative efforts toward improving the quality of life and life chances of our City’s most vulnerable citizens: children. Since 1999, Reynolds Brown has become an honorary mentor to thousands of women and girls through her signature program, The Celebration of Moxie Women. Through this program, Reynolds Brown has honored hundreds of successful business and professional women, working mothers, and Philadelphia’s “Next Generation of Women Leaders: Rising Stars.”
Councilwoman Reynolds Brown has passed meaningful legislation and supported valuable community programming that positively impacts her core issues: children and youth, women, arts and culture, education, small business development, and the environment and sustainability. Legislative accomplishments include:
· Fund for Children: Persuaded the Phillies and Eagles, along with Mayor John F. Street, during the sports stadium negotiations, to establish this fund requiring each team to contribute $1 million annually for 30 years.
· Menu Labeling: Requires chain restaurants to provide menu labeling with nutritional and calorie information.
· Department of Parks and Recreation Merger: Worked with Council President Darrell Clarke for 8 years to overhaul Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation system, merging Fairmount Park with the Department of Recreation creating increased efficiency and savings.
· Women on Boards: Requires contractors seeking to do business with the City of Philadelphia to disclose certain demographic information including gender, race and geographic data of those serving as board members and executive staff.
· Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification: Requires landlords to have a certified technician conduct a dust-wipe test when property built before 1978 is turned over to a new tenant, all designed to protect children.
· Curfew: Equipped police officers with a new and stronger curfew law to complement the opening of 11 citywide curfew centers.
· Green Building: Requires City buildings and renovations to reach a high sustainability standard.
· Percent for Art: Secured increased funding for the arts in the City’s budget and fought for the integrity of the “Percent for Art” programs.
· Equal-Benefits: Requires companies that contract with the city for more than $250,000 to provide domestic-partner benefits to their employees.
· Pension Forfeiture: Requires any city employee convicted of sexual abuse of a minor to forfeit his or her city pension.
· Energy Benchmarking: Establishes a system of benchmarking and reporting of energy and water usage data for non-residential buildings with 25,000 square feet or more.
· ATVs: Restricts ATV use on public sidewalks or public properties unless authorized by law, and gives the Philadelphia Police Department authority to confiscate vehicles or impose a fine on riders.
· Early Childhood Funding: Allocated $500,000 to the Office of Housing and Community Development to expand quality early childhood education in Philadelphia.
· Hospitality Promotion: Increased funding for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, organizations which promote the tourism industry.
Organizational Affiliations (current):
· Board Member, The Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, The Marian Anderson Award, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Wynnefield Residents Association.
· Member, Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Coalition of 100 Black Women, PA Chapter; and Pinn Memorial Baptist Church in West Philadelphia.
Awards: Honored by United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the School District of Philadelphia, Women’s Way, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Philadelphia Business Journal and recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s 50 Most Influential Women in the book “VOICES.”
Her Motto: Dream big and if that does not work – dream BIGGER.
Montgomery County Board of Commissioners
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LESLIE RICHARDS is a businesswoman who has worked in the planning and engineering fields for the past two decades. She has developed annual and long-range plans and managed multi-million dollar infrastructure projects including bridge rehabilitations, road repairs, streetscape improvements, trail and park development, environmental assessments, and feasibility studies.
Richards is the Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, and a board member of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Prior to her service to the county, Leslie served as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors. Under her leadership the township completed major storm water projects, preserved over 400 acres of Erdenheim Farm as open space, and balanced the budget for four consecutive years without raising property taxes.
Leslie heads the planning, transportation and economic development initiatives in the county. She is a graduate of Germantown Academy. She is also a graduate of Brown University, where she concentrated in Economics and Urban Studies, and received a Masters of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
To contact Commissioner Richards call 610-278-3031, email her at Leslie@montcopa.org, or follow her on Twitter @_LeslieRichards.
Chief Marketing Officer, Middlebury Interactive Languages
Rose Innovative Strategies, LLC
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
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Anne Rosenberg graduated college at Goucher College inTowson, Maryland and then attended medical school at Jefferson University and graduated AOA (Honor Society) followed by surgical training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Rosenberg has been a dedicated breast surgeon for the past twenty-five years and has raised two sons as a single mother. She also has a working horse farm on 50 acres in Mount Laurel, NJ. Dr. Rosenberg is very active in women’s initiatives and breast cancer awareness, clinical research trials and numerous scientific presentations. She is a clinical professor in surgery and was named Top Doctor in Philadelphia Magazine, SJ Magazine and South Jersey Magazine and was featured in “A Day in the Life of the American Woman”.
President & CEO
The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design
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Molly D. Shepard, MS, MSM, is Founder, President & CEO of The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design and has more than twenty five years’ experience in career counseling, leadership development, executive coaching and executive search. Prior to founding TLE/LBD, Ms. Shepard was Chairman, President and Co-founder of Manchester Inc., one of the world’s largest career development consulting firms. Manchester became one of the nation’s top human resources consulting firms helping thousands of people a year transition into new jobs and reach their potential as leaders under her guidance. She has served on many public and non-profit boards, including the National MS Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter for several years, and has received numerous awards for her work including: the Paradigm Award for Top Women in Business from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Trailblazer Award from Philadelphia Magazine and the Citizen Volunteer of the Year Award from the United Way. Molly recently published her second book,Breaking Into the Boys’ Club (M. Evans and Company, Inc.) in May 2009. Her book exposes the roadblocks that keep women from reaching the top of the corporate ladder—and offers eight powerful strategies to overcome these hurdles and be more successful. It is a valuable resource for women—helping them understand their business culture, work through their challenges, balance work and home life, and get ahead without sacrificing their unique style and identity. Molly holds a B.A. from Wheaton College, a Masters degree in Psychological Services and Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania, a MSM in Leadership from The American College, and in May 2006 received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from West Chester University.
Principal & Co-Founder
Salveson Stetson Group, Inc.
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Sally Stetson is a Principal and Co-Founder of Salveson Stetson Group, Inc., a retained executive search firm located in Radnor, Pennsylvania supporting domestic and global clients in recruiting senior level executives across diverse industries and functions ranging from finance, sales/marketing, human resources, general management as well as clinical and scientific roles. The firm currently has over 15 employees. Sally was formerly Vice President of Client Services for Right Management Consultants, a Philadelphia-based international career management and human resource consulting firm. During her years at Right, Sally was widely regarded as one of the firm’s leading consultants, both in generating new business and delivering consulting services to corporate clients. Prior to her position with Right Management Consultants, Sally was Vice President of Executive Search Services for W.K. Gray and Associates, a retainer-based executive search firm. Prior to Gray, Sally held positions with Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel University. Sally holds a Master of Arts from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Pyramid Club and Chair of the Board for the Please Touch Museum. Sally is on the Advisory Board of Drexel University’s Harold Steinbright Career Development Center and she is past President of the Board of Directors for the Forum of Executive Women and the National Adoption Center. In addition, she has served on the Board of the Human Resource Planning Society, the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Human Resources Planning Group. In 2003, Sally was named one of Pennsylvania’s “50 Best Women in Business” by the Governor of Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Business Journal named her as one of its “2006 Women of Distinction” for her outstanding contributions both professionally and in the community. In addition, Sally has been selected as one of SmartCEO Magazine’s 2010 BRAVA! Women Business Achievement award winners.
President, Women's Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ
Women’s Business Development Center
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Geri Swift is the founding President of the Women’s Business Development Center. WBDC, formed in 1995, fosters the development and retention of successful businesses by delivering resources that enable individuals to start new businesses and grow existing ones.
In 1999, under Swift’s leadership, the Women’s Business Development Center expanded its programs and created the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC). WBEC, a marketing, procurement and certification assistance council, facilitates the relationship between corporations, government and women-owned businesses.
A WBENC co-founder and regional partner, the Women’s Business Development Center with its Women’s Business Enterprise Council administers WBENC’s National Certification Standard in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey.
Working through her own business, the community, business organizations, and all levels of government and the corporate sector, Geri has played a leadership role in supporting the growth and development of entrepreneurial business ventures.
In 1985 she founded Geri Swift Associates, a professional services firm which provided management consulting and training services to help companies implement information systems, business advisory councils and supplier development programs.
She has received honors and has been recognized as a Woman’s Business Advocate from business and professional organizations. Geri was the founding president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Greater Philadelphia Chapter. She also served as NAWBO’s national vice president and as a director of the National Foundation of Women Business Owners.
Currently, nationally Geri serves on the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Executive Committee and chairs the Leadership Council. In 1997 Geri served on the Steering Committees that created the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the Association of Women Business Centers. Locally, Geri is an appointed member of Mayor Michael Nutter’s Office of Economic Opportunity Advisory Council, the Women’s Business Development Center’s Board of Directors and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ.
Founder, Chairman & CEO
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Judith M. von Seldeneck is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Diversified Search, headquartered in Philadelphia. For thirty-five years, she has been a pioneer in the search industry and a leader in placing qualified women and diversity candidates. Ms. von Seldeneck has received many industry and community awards and she has been recognized by the executive search industry as setting the standard for retained executive search. Judee has been active for many years on numerous public, private, and not-for-profit Boards of Directors. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Financial Group, Tasty Baking Company and previously Teleflex, Inc. She was recently named to the Comcast and NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council, and is Chairperson of the Women’s Advisory Council. Judee currently chairs the Private Sector Outreach Board, a partnership between the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor’s office. Some of her not-for-profit Boards include the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (former Chair), The Hyde Schools (former Chair), the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (current Chair), The CEO Council for Growth, The Caron Foundation, and the International Women’s Forum. She was one of two founders of the Forum of Executive Women over 30 years ago which today is the largest association of women business leaders in the Philadelphia area. Prior to starting Diversified, Judee served in Washington, DC as Executive Assistant to Vice President Walter F. Mondale. Professional Activities & Achievements Businessweek, Top 50 Most Influential Executive Recruiters in the World, 2008 Gardner W. Heidrick Award for Excellence in Executive Search Winner Eleanor Raynolds Award for Excellence in Executive Search Winner Paradigm Award Winner Trailblazer Award Winner American Heart Association Heart of Philadelphia Award Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction Civic Leadership Award League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Committee of 200, Founding Member
Green Tree School & Services
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Patricia D. Wellenbach is CEO of Green Tree School & Services, which operates an Approved Private School, a Behavioral Health Division and Consulting Practice working with children age 6-21 who are on the Autism Spectrum or who have a Severe Emotional Disturbance.Her commitment to community and civic engagement includes board positions on Abington Health as a member of the executive committee and chair of the finance committee, the immediate past chair of Avenue of the Arts, FringeArts, and as a member of the executive committee of The Reinvestment Fund. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Forum of Executive Women.
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
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Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Chancellor of the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, readily recognizes the importance of civility and professionalism in the practice of law. These attributes, along with an unrelenting work ethic, have contributed to her success in the profession as well as a long and growing list of personal achievements.
As Chancellor of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States, Kathleen believes that evoking professionalism in one’s daily work is an inherent responsibility for all attorneys.
“Philadelphia lawyers are the caretakers of our profession,” says Wilkinson. “As keepers of the legacy of Andrew Hamilton, we, as Philadelphia lawyers, proudly represent the legal profession to the world.”
Kathleen is the 86th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and only the sixth woman to serve in this capacity in the Association’s 211-year history. Her term began on January 1, 2013. In an address on December 4 at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Kathleen discussed her plans–including her commitment to making the Association more inclusive–and reinforced her personal philosophy that one can be soft-spoken, courteous and respectful while remaining a highly effective advocate.
Kathleen will also highlight “where we have been, and where we are going” as a bar association. Her vision for the future includes the creation of new initiatives focusing on generational transition and leadership opportunities for women, attorneys of diverse backgrounds and young lawyers new to the profession.
Born in Irvington, N.J., Kathleen lived in South Plainfield through eighth grade and then moved to nearby Union with her parents and sister. Her father, Michael Yesenko, was a history teacher and social studies supervisor at Union High School for 40 years, and today serves as the township’s historian, fulfilling an avocation Kathleen has long shared with her father. Her mother, Marie, who passed away three years ago, was a homemaker who helped inspire Wilkinson’s life-long work ethic.
Kathleen completed her undergraduate studies in political science and education at Kean College in two-and-a-half years.
She attended Villanova University School of Law where, on her very first day on campus, she met Tom Wilkinson, her future husband of 27 years. A member of the Commercial Litigation Department at Cozen O’Connor, he currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. While the Wilkinsons did not plan on overlapping terms as leaders of the state’s two largest bar associations, they share a common passion for advancing the interests of the legal profession.
Kathleen joined the Philadelphia office of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP in 1984, where she steadily excelled to become one of the early women equity partners in a law firm that employs 800 lawyers around the country.
A litigator with more than 30 years of experience, Kathleen built her practice and earned her reputation defending complex cases involving construction, insurance, professional liability, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, and a variety of other products. She has also served as a judge pro tem and discovery master, earning the respect of the bench and bar.
Among her leadership roles at the Bar Association, Kathleen has served as Co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee and Chair of the State Civil Litigation Section. She was elected as a member of the Board of Governors, then Assistant Secretary and later Secretary of the Association. Kathleen was elected Vice Chancellor in 2010, serving in that role in 2011, and served as Chancellor-Elect in 2012.
Kathleen serves on numerous pro bono and civic boards, and is a founding member of Villanova Law’s J. Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court and served as the Inn’s first woman president. In 2008, she received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Anne X. Alpern Award – the highest award given to a Pennsylvania woman attorney. She also ranks as one of the Top 50 Women on the 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.
Kathleen and Tom Wilkinson have three children: Lindsey, a first-year student at Villanova Law; Lauren, a junior at Franklin & Marshall College; and Michael, an eighth grader at Episcopal Academy.
Residents of Haverford, Pa., the Wilkinsons can also be found enjoying their beloved Cape May, NJ, where they are active in several community organizations.
Director, Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership Founder & Co-Chair
Vision 2020 Drexel University College of Medicine
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Lynn Hardy Yeakel is a recognized civic and community leader who has been a tireless advocate for women’s issues throughout her career. She is currently the Director of Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership™ and holds the Betty A. Cohen Chair in Women’s Health. Yeakel is also the creator and Co-Chair of Vision 2020, a project with the goal of advancing gender equality. This important ten-year initiative focuses on increasing women’s participation in top leadership roles throughout society as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, in the year 2020.
Yeakel was a founder of Women’s Way, the first and largest women’s fundraising coalition in the nation, and served as its CEO from 1980 until 1992, when she entered politics. She drew national attention in what was called the “Year of the Woman” when she won the primary in a U.S. Senate race and nearly unseated the incumbent. She later was appointed by the Clinton administration to the position of Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Yeakel is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and former trustee of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and received a Master of Science in Management degree from the American College. She is active in leadership positions for local and national non-profit organizations, and she has received numerous honors and awards for leadership and humanitarian contributions, including the Pennsylvania Citizen Action Award, the Lucretia Mott Award, the MCP/Gimbel Award and the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania Award.
Her first book, A Will and A Way (2010), presents insights into the key issues of women’s independence based on her own experience and lessons from history.
President & CEO
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority