LESLIE STILES is currently board president of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, an event she helped initiate 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 health care, economic stability and education.
Prior to her appointment as executive director, Stiles served as director of marketing for the National Constitution Center, vice president of 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. Her nonprofit board affiliations include: Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Marion Anderson award, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Philadelphia Affiliate (2005 to 2011), the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, Kimmel Cancer Center Advisory Board, and the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, which she chaired through 2016.
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 the Professional Women’s Roundtable Power award, the KYW 2011 Women’s Achievement award, as well as the Women’s Law Project Myra Bradwell award, the 2012 Pathways PA award and the Women’s eNews award. She was recognized by Governor Wolf as a 2019 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.