Board Members

Board Members

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Anderson SusanSusan L. Anderson has been a board member and the treasurer of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women since its inception. After completing 20 years of government service, Anderson retired from the Commonwealth. Her last position was as special assistant to Governor Edward G. Rendell for health care reform. Prior to serving in Governor Rendell’s administration, Anderson was a principal in the investment and consulting firm of GRECOventures Ltd. For over 25 yeas, she practiced law in Philadelphia. For more than 55 years, Anderson has been active in the Girl Scouts, having served for nine years as chair of her local council and for six years as a board member of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. Anderson is a member of the board of the Philadelphia Zoo and serves as chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee, and she is a member of the board of the Women’s Humane Society of PA and serves as its treasurer.


Karen Dougherty BuchholzKaren Dougherty Buchholz, Vice President of Administration for Comcast Corporation, is responsible for leading a variety of corporate responsibilities, including facilities, real estate, corporate services, security, aviation, travel and diversity.

From 2000 to 2003, Buchholz served as Comcast’s first Vice President of Corporate Communications, with responsibility for building a corporate communications infrastructure and unifying communications for the entire family of Comcast companies. From 1997 to 2000, she was appointed by Mayor Edward G. Rendell as President of Philadelphia 2000, the organization that attracted the 2000 Republican National Convention to Philadelphia and served as the official Host Committee for the convention.
Buchholz served as Sales Executive for Comcast-Spectacor from 1993 to 1997 during the development of the Wachovia Center. From 1991 to 1993, Buchholz worked for Club Corporation of America. In 1990, Buchholz served as Special Assistant to State Treasurer Barbara Hafer on her gubernatorial bid. Buchholz received her M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She is a 1988 graduate of Dickinson College and the Dickinson Center for European Studies in Bologna, Italy.
Buchholz serves on Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc.’s Board of Directors and on many civic and charitable boards. She has received several awards, including: 2009 Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business Award, 2008 American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Woman of Heart Award, 2000 Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal; Headliner Award by the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association; Comcast Newsmaker of the Year Award; Girl Scouts of America Take the Lead Award; Boy Scouts of America’s Cradle of Liberty Council’s 2000 Summit Award; Honorary Member of the National Association of Women Business Owners; and the PENJERDEL Council Citizen of the Year. She resides in the Philadelphia region with her husband, Carl, and their two children.


Leslie Anne MillerLeslie Anne Miller is a Philadelphia attorney who also serves as an advisor to the Honorable Mayor Nutter. She previously served as General Counsel to the Honorable Edward J. Rendell and as acting President of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, when it opened in 2001. She is active in a wide variety of non-profit and cultural organizations, including The Fairmount Park Commission, Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, Penn Medicine Board, the Women’s Law Project, Philadelphia Art Museum and The Free Library Foundation of Philadelphia.

Miller’s thirty year career has been distinguished by myriad honors. By order of the Governor (Rendell), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran¹s Affairs presented her with The Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal. Former Governor Tom Ridge named her a “Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.” The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania bestowed her their highest honor, the Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Award. Miller received a Founder’s Award from Temple University and has been inducted into the Business Women’s Hall of Fame at the Fox School of Business. Drexel University College of Medicine presented her with the Woman One Award, and she was one of five “Women Making History” for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and a “Woman of Distinction” according to the Philadelphia Business Journal. Both the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association have honored her (she is a past recipient of the Sandra Day O¹Connor Award), as have Dickinson School of Law and the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Miller is married to investment advisor, Richard B. Worley, and resides in Bryn Mawr.


Stiles LeslieLeslie Stiles is currently Board President of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, an event she initiated to broaden the outreach to women across the Commonwealth. From January 2003 until February 2011, Stiles served as Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. Appointed by the Governor, she acted as state government’s advocate for all issues as they impacted women and girls. She is a vigorous and outspoken advocate for women in government and women’s healthcare, economic stability and education. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Stiles served as Director of Marketing for the National Constitution Center, Vice President Marketing at First Union Bank and Corestates Bank, and President of Stiles and Co.

Throughout her career, Stiles has been active in the realm of public outreach. She currently serves on many non-profit boards including: Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Board Development Committee, the Philadelphia Marion Anderson Award, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Philadelphia Affiliate (2005 to 2011), the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, the American Heart Association’s Go Red Leadership Team, PCAR’s Vision of Hope Executive Board and the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy (Co-chair). Stiles is also a member of the Forum of Executive Women. A breast cancer survivor, she has received significant recognition – as an honoree for her work with the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Buddy Program, the 2006 PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s Pink Tie Award, and Komen’s 2010 Woman of Power Award. She is also the recipient of PWR’s Power Award as well as special recognition from the Women’s Law Project.


Karen Farmer WhiteKaren Farmer White is an education consultant. Previously, she was a managing director for the Pittsburgh office of Mesirow Financial. She attended the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earlier earned a master of public administration degree and a B.A. Prior to joining Mesirow Financial, White was vice president of education at WQED Multimedia, and served as executive director of the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise. She is a graduate of The Leadership Pittsburgh Program and has received many awards for her service to the community. White serves on numerous boards including:  the Pennsylvania State Board of Education; The August Wilson Center; Seton Hill University; Point Park University; the Pennsylvania State Board of Education; and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Foundation. She also serves as a role model and mentor for many in the community.


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