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  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    Speakers urge Philadelphia business leaders to be bold, vigilant in creating inclusive environments

    PHILADELPHIA – March 21, 2016 Professional Women’s Roundtable hosted a Diversity & Inclusion panel in February, which explored strategies for supporting various underrepresented groups in the greater Philadelphia workforce.

    Keynote speaker Kelley Cornish, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at AmeriHealth Caritas, opened the event by reflecting on Philadelphia’s vibrant population and noting that D&I has shifted significantly over the past 15 years. She emphasized that D&I is no longer about race or gender, but instead is focused on acknowledging and promoting the values people bring to work to be successful and productive.

    She also examined the organizational shift in the D&I function, which has steadily become integrated into the larger umbrella of corporate responsibility in many organizations. Cornish drew applause and agreement when noting that D&I leaders are often urged to justify their spend and monetize their work – all the while remaining dedicated to building talent, increasing diversity education, developing corporate relationships, and managing the often unpredictable daily grind.

    Her keynote was followed by an interactive panel moderated by Delphia Howze, Manager for Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate HR at Penske Truck Leasing.

    Joseph Hill, Chief Diversity Officer at Jefferson Health, kicked off the panel discussion by emphasizing the alignment of internal and external D&I strategies. Panelists agreed that companies overlook a big opportunity if they don’t consider D&I from both an employee and marketplace perspective, especially in the hospitality industry.

    The conversation then turned to diversity training strategies. Elizabeth Moore, Manager of Inclusion & Learning Delivery at Wawa, encouraged HR leaders to create environments where it’s safe to discuss uncomfortable topics. She explained that leaders must be open to trying different strategies to reach people at different levels.

    Mireille Cottle, VP of Human Resources Talent Management at Marriott International, added that successful leaders build a foundation of mutual understanding by taking the time to learn why people are the way they are. For global organizations, she noted, D&I leaders need to consider how their efforts will resonate around the world.

    The panel then addressed D&I trends in the emerging workforce. Devon Jackson, Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Cultural Development at Villanova University, observed that while students are becoming more accepting in specific areas, in many cases their beliefs are still rooted in their parents’ principles. Panelists agreed that social media has changed the landscape for conversations around D&I.

    The definition of D&I will continue to evolve and expand, and all of our speakers emphasized that ongoing education and training are key to fostering a more inclusive workplace culture.


    Professional Women’s Roundtable

    The Professional Women’s Roundtable (PWR) is a non-profit organization providing networking, educational and personal growth opportunities to a diverse group of women business professionals in the Greater Philadelphia region. Through the power of PWR connections, members build relationships, pool resources, hone leadership skills and cultivate new business opportunities.


  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    PHILADELPHIA – March 15, 2016 Professional Women’s Roundtable, a non-profit organization providing networking, leadership, educational and personal growth opportunities to a diverse group of women business leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region, announced officers and board members for the 2016-2017 term. They are:


    Christine Soares, Esq., President

    Christine Soares is a member of Fox Rothschild LLP’s Litigation Department, where she focuses on regulatory compliance in the transportation and energy industries. In addition to her continued work as President of PWR, Soares is involved in several community organizations and provides pro bono legal services through the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Prisoner Civil Rights Panel. She received her B.A. in English from La Salle University, and earned her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.

    Doreen Mosher, Vice President

    Doreen Mosher is a Vice President and career transition specialist for Innovational Services, a company comprised of career consultants and coaches. She specializes in development, job search and networking strategies, and is dedicated to helping others find fulfillment in their work. Mosher volunteers with organizations that empower women to discover and embrace their full potential. She received her B.S. from Shippensburg University.

    Katrina Aikin, Secretary and Alliances & Sponsorship Chair

    With more than 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, Katrina Aikin is a seasoned wealth management professional focused on portfolio management and strategic financial planning at TD Wealth Management. Outside of the office, she volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and is chair of the Mentoring Program for the Independence Business Alliance. She earned her B.B.A. in Economics and an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Temple University.

    Leslie Cano, Treasurer

    In her role at South Jersey Industries, Leslie Cano assesses risk exposures and refines the company’s policies to ensure consistency with the overall risk strategy. Cano’s background is rooted in financial analytics, and her professional experience spans industries including energy, banking and education. She received her B.S. in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Akron and her MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.


    Judy Arnold, Communications Chair

    Bringing over 25 years of  experience leading marketing strategies in the financial services, insurance and retail industries, Judy Arnold currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing for Vitalyst. She volunteers her expertise as a member of the Philadelphia Direct Marketing Association and Philadelphia American Marketing Association, and serves on the marketing committee of the DMAX Foundation. She earned her B.A. in Communications-Journalism from Shippensburg University and her Master’s in General Administration and Marketing from the University of Maryland.

    Diane Barber, Esq., PoWeR Lunch Series Chair

    An attorney in the Legal Services Department at AlliedBarton Security Services, Diane Barber specializes in commercial contracts, drafting and negotiation, and corporate compliance. Outside of her professional life, she serves on the Board of Directors of MusicWorks, a non-profit provider of music therapy services, and is active in the National Association of Professional Women. She received her B.A. from LaSalle University and her J.D. from Duke University.


    Ksenia Gal, Membership Chair

    An editor in the Data Strategy department of Dow Jones, Ksenia prepares research and investigative reports on companies and individuals to provide clients with accurate information on regulatory and reputational issues and enhance decision-making. She earned her legal degree from Russian University of Justice and her LL.M. from the New York University’s Law School. She is currently a graduate student at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.

    Beth Minkus, Events Chair

    As a full-time event planner, Beth Minkus is active in the Philadelphia marketing community. She is currently working with Snap Kitchen to facilitate partnerships and marketing to support the brand’s launch in Philadelphia. Minkus is also a founding member of Party Partners, a collaboration of fine dining sales managers that serves as a forum for sharing leads, discussing best practices and networking. She frequently volunteers her time to local causes. She graduated from Arcadia University with a B.A. in Event Planning.

    Founded in 2002, Professional Women’s Roundtable provides a forum for female business professionals to hone professional development skills, strengthen networks, and cultivate new business opportunities. For more information on PWR, visit


  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    PHILADELPHIA – March 15, 2016 – As part of its commitment to providing fun and interactive networking opportunities, Professional Women’s Roundtable will host a Wine Tasting Event in March. Presented by Vicki Miller of Vinocity, the tasting will take place on Thursday, March 31 from 5:30-8:00pm at Capital One Café, located at 1636 Walnut Street in Philadelphia.

    Attendees will learn to read a wine list with confidence from the experts at Vinocity, who create an engaging experience that leaves guests more energized and connected. A variety of wines will be served along with light bites.

    Admission to the event is $35 for non-members, and member discounts apply. Registration details are available at:


  • Friday, January 22, 2016 9:18 AM | Anonymous

    Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace and in our Communities

    Professional Women’s Roundtable (PWR), a non-profit organization providing networking, leadership and educational opportunities to emerging women business leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region, will host an event to explore the diversity and inclusion trends that are steadily pushing on the seams of many organizations.

    Through an engaging keynote presentation and interactive panel, the event will address strategies for including and supporting various underrepresented groups – and challenging the status quo in a way that produces an attractive work culture.

    The event will take place on Thursday, February 25 from 6-8pm at The Hub Center in Conshohocken. A keynote presentation will be delivered by Kelley Cornish, Director of Diversity & Inclusion for AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Delphia Howze, Manager for Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate HR at Penske Truck Leasing.

    Panelists will discuss strategies for making workplaces and communities more forward-thinking and fostering an inclusive environment. Panelists include Mireille Cottle, Vice President of HR – Talent Management at Marriott International; Elizabeth Moore, Manager of Inclusions & Workforce Initiatives at Wawa; and DeVon Jackson, Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Cultural Development at Villanova.

    Registration details are available via the PWR website.



  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015 1:57 PM | Anonymous

    Professional Women’s Roundtable to Honor Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. with PoWeR Award

    PWR Announces Anniversary Event Sponsored by Long Financial Group

    PHILADELPHIA – September 1, 2015 – Professional Women’s Roundtable (PWR), a non-profit organization providing networking, leadership and educational opportunities to women business leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region, will present its PoWeR Award to Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. at its 13th Annual Anniversary Event on October 8th, 2015. The event will take place at New Century Trust, 1307 Locust Street, from 5:30 - 8:30pm.

    The PoWeR Award is presented annually to a woman in the Philadelphia community who is committed to mentoring women and advancing women’s issues, particularly among emerging women business leaders. Recent honorees include Patricia Connolly of the Center for Corporate Governance at LeBow College of Business, Drexel University and LEADERSHIP Philadelphia CEO Liz Dow.

    Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. is an antipoverty advocate who demonstrated incredible resilience in her journey to becoming a lawyer – overcoming homelessness and later earning her J.D./M.B.A/ LL.M in Taxation from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Nikki is now a tax attorney with her own firm, The Law Office of Nikki Johnson-Huston LLC, and also a prominent speaker on how she overcame a life of poverty to become an award winning attorney. This year, Nikki launched “Donafy,” an innovative micro-philanthropy iPhone app that empowers citizens to locate and donate to nearby nonprofit organizations that service people in need of emergency housing, food, medical care, mental health, job training, LGBT and Legal Services.

    Admission to the October 8th event is $10 for Premium Members (events pre-paid), $20 for standard members (events not pre-paid), and $40 for non-members, and includes drinks and light fare.


  • Tuesday, February 03, 2015 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    PWR Announces our Members-Only PoWeR Roundtable Lunch Series


    PWR is committed to helping our members attain their goals and allowing them to take full advantage of their PWR membership.  In 2015, PWR is pleased to offer our members a series of members-only PoWeR Roundtable lunches.  The PoWeR Roundtable is an opportunity for PWR members to connect with one another in a small, informal setting.  Each discussion will focus on a unique issue that impacts our members' personal and/or professional development and be facilitated by a board member.  The lunch meetings are available to members only and will be limited to 12 people per session. 

  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014 11:53 AM | Anonymous


    This fall, Professional Women's Roundtable partnered with Drexel University on its first essay-based competition offered to women currently enrolled in graduate programs at Drexel University. 

    This essay contest and $1,000 grant opportunity sponsored by PWR challenged applicants to answer the following questions:

    - What are the barriers to female entrepreneurship in the United States?

    - What should be done to remove these barriers and foster female entrepreneurship?

    And the winners are:


    •          Essay Contest Award Winner: Ksenia Gal

    •          1st Runner Up: Chang Wen

    •          2nd Runners Up: Damilola Giwa-Daramola and Shruti Venkatesh


    Awards: Winner receives $1,000 and 1 year prepaid membership to PWR (valued at $240).  1st runner up receives free admission for two PWR events. 2nd runners up receive free admission for one PWR event.


    Congratulations to the winners!


  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    Patricia Connolly to Receive PoWeR Award on October 22nd

    PHILADELPHIA – September 12, 2013 Professional Women’s Roundtable (PWR) – a non-profit providing networking, leadership, educational and personal growth opportunities to a diverse group of emerging women business leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region – will present its PoWeR Award to Patricia Connolly of the Center for Corporate Governance at LeBow College of Business, Drexel Universityat its 12th  anniversary event on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 (5:30 – 8:00 p.m., DiBruno Brothers, 1730 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103).

    The PoWeR Award annually honors a woman or women in the Greater Philadelphia region who has shown a commitment to helping junior women advance in their careers, as well as a dedication to her profession and community. Recent honorees include LEADERSHIP Philadelphia CEO Liz Dow and Mary Seton Corboy, Greensgrow Farms co-founder and Chief Farm Hand.

    Ms. Connolly is a catalyst for thoughtful, constructive discussions on issues and new ideas for leading and governing in the 21st century. Currently, as Director for the Center for Corporate Governance of Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, Ms. Connolly develops strategic partnerships with public, private, and not-for-profit boards of directors to address best practices in board governance. With the invaluable blend of a banking career and not-for profit leadership, Ms. Connolly also navigates easily through organizations with different business models and access to resources.  At PNC Financial Corp., she rose to Group Vice President in the retail and private banking group and subsequently held executive positions with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Academy of Natural Sciences. In her not-for-profit roles, Patricia excelled in finding investors for key strategic initiatives.

                Patricia holds a BA in History from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Connolly received the NACD Certificate of Director Education and the University Of Pennsylvania Certificate Of Executive Administration for Non Profits. She is a Certified Governance Trainer for BoardSource, a national organization dedicated to advancing board leadership and effective governance. Patricia is a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD) and serves on the boards of Shore Medical Center and Chestnut Hill College.  She also previously served on the Board of Directors for the Forum of Executive Women where she participated in the mentorship program, providing guidance and leadership to emerging women leaders.

    The fee to attend the October 15th event is $20 for premium members (events pre-paid), $30 for standard members (events not pre-paid), $10 for sponsors, and $45 for non-members, and includes drinks and light fare.

    Space is limited. Please RSVP to or call 267-287-8497, or register PoWeR Award Ceremony Anniversary Event by October 17th.


  • Friday, June 06, 2014 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    I am pleased to announce that Joanne Forsythe has been promoted to IP Telephony Program Supervisor in addition to her current role as the North America IP Telephony Project Manager.

    Joanne joined Saint-Gobain in 2011. She will continue to be based in Valley Forge and to report to me. In Joanne’s new position she will have responsibility for supervising the IP Telephony team members for all of North America.

    Joanne also took on the role of the IT Project Manager for the new North American Headquarters Project role in November 2013 and continues to work on both the new R&D facility and the new Headquarters construction projects.

    Joanne has been the co-chair of the Valley Forge Hub of the Saint-Gobain Women’s Network since 2013.  She also serves on the Employee Activities Association.  Joanne was also recently appointed to a two-year term as the co-chair of Public Relations of the Board of Directors for the Professional Women’s Roundtable-Philadelphia Region, a non-profit organization for women in business.

    Please join me in congratulating Joanne in her new assignment and in wishing her continued success.

    James T. Pitcherello

    North American Regional Service Manager & IPT Program Manager

    Saint-Gobain DSI Group | Saint-Gobain Telecom

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:31 AM | Anonymous

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