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  • 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
  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    The Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel Presentation



    Wednesday, March 19, 2014     



    5:30 pm -  Meet and Greet Reception with the Young Entrepreneurs

    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Business Plan Presentation


    Bryn Mawr College Campus

    101 N. Merion Avenue

    Bryn Mawr, PA

    McPherson Auditorium in Goodhart Hall 


    Please join us as our young entrepreneurs make presentations to a panel of local investors to obtain funding for their new businesses/social movements.  Personal investments are not expected.      


    Event is complimentary.  To register click here!
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:09 PM | Deleted user

    Philadelphia based, History Making Productions (HMP), a documentary film production house, today announced the launch of its second film series on the city’s history, which will focus on the role that women have played over the past 350 years.

    “Women of Philadelphia: A Documentary is an exciting venture that will explore the extraordinary and the ordinary contributions of women throughout the city’s history and to do so in a way that we believe will be relevant and meaningful to audiences today”, noted Series Creator and Producer Nancy Moses.

    Women of Philadelphia: A Documentary will be six made-for-television episodes supported with a variety of digital media including webisodes and other short films as well as a robust educational and civic engagement component.

    “We are focused on the significant challenges that face women today such as the education of their children; acquiring and using power; dealing with crime and abuse; balancing the pressures of work and family; expressing life’s emotions through creativity in art, performance and athletics; and wellness and well being”, noted Producer Lauren Katz. “We expect each episode will focus on the historical roots of one of these contemporary themes”, she added.

     HMP has produced a short video to promote the project.  The video and general project information is available on the website 

    Production costs for the series will approximate $1.4 million.  HMP expects to generate significant support through its planned program of corporate sponsorships and through philanthropic gifts.  To date, the project has generated funding commitments of $650,000.

    “We are so pleased to announce that Independence Blue Cross has committed to being our Presenting Sponsor.  That one of Philadelphia’s leading corporate citizens is prepared to evidence its support for assuring that the story of women is told through film reflects how timely and important this series is”, noted Ms. Katz. “We are so excited by this support and believe it will stimulate other area enterprises to come on board”, she added.

    Dr. Cathy L. Greenberg, a nationally recognized business advisor, coach and best selling business book author will serve as an Executive Producer and represent the project nationally.  She has committed a significant sponsorship investment to the project.

    The series will have another dynamic feature. 

    “This film project about women and for women, and their brothers, sons and fathers will be made by women”, Ms. Moses said.  “Our team of scholars and researchers, our production team and our post production team will be comprised of women.  That alone is another Philadelphia first.”, she observed.

    The official “coming out” party for the project will be hosted by the Forum for Executive Women and PNC Bank on Wednesday evening, February 26th at 6:00 PM at the Bank’s Philadelphia headquarters. 

    The Forum for Executive Women has invited its membership.  A brief talk will be given by nationally syndicated journalist and Woodrow Wilson Center scholar Jamie Stiehm who will be speaking about her forthcoming book on Philadelphia Quaker leader Lucretia Mott.

    In addition to Independence Blue Cross, Dr. Cathy Greenberg and the Forum for Executive Women, Women of Philadelphia has built broad support from a wide range of women’s community organizations and heritage and cultural institutions.  Lists of these supporting partners together with heritage and cultural institutions which are the project’s heritage sposnors is attached.

    The series will be executive produced in part through generous financial support from Kay Halloran (Halloran Family Philanthropy), Bonnie McCausland (McCausland Foundation) and national business consultant and executive coach Cathy Greenberg (xcel Institute).  HMP plans to undertake extensive outreach to area companies, foundations and to women representing a diverse cross section of the region.  In addition, a crowdfunding campaign to seek smaller contributions is planned for later in 2014.

    “History was once a private domain for male historians who tended to focus on stories about men.  Women did important things here and all over the country.  It is time to use film, a great platform for public history, to tell these stories from an urban perspective.  That Philadelphia’s women are the first to do a project like this one, mirrors the history of our contributions to our unique community.  To be launching during Women’s History Month and at a time when the public’s attention is so riveted on the changing roles and successes of women makes this project so important and timely”, Ms. Moses concluded.

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    History Making Productions is a Philadelphia based documentary film production firm focused on producing films about history and community affairs in Greater Philadelphia.  The company’s first series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, is a 14 part series covering Philadelphia’s story from 1640-1995 through television episodes, webisodes, short cuts, educational resources and community screenings.  All of the content for the film series is housed at and is available for public viewing at no cost.  HMP was founded by Philip and Sam Katz and now includes another family member, Lauren Katz, who will produce Women.  The company is located in studio and production offices at 12th & Callowhill in Center City Philadelphia.

    Nancy Moses was executive director of the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia and served on the executive staff of WQED and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Philadelphia Studies. She managed a grant program at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She consults to an impressive array of nonprofits of different sizes, structures and missions. Most recently, Nancy spearheaded a new women’s social venture fund and helped the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania launch the Wharton Social Impact Corps for its MBA students. Nancy Moses is the author of Lost in the Museum: Hidden Treasures and the Stories They Tell. (

    Lauren Katz is an attorney who practiced in corporate litigation.  She joined HMP in 2013 to assume leadership for this documentary film project.  In her capacity as producer, Lauren is driving the development of the project’s fundraising, corporate sponsorships and community outreach and is sharing leadership with Nancy Moses on developing program content.  Lauren formerly served as an associate with the firm of Blank Rome LLP.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts University (2003) and a JD from the Drexel University School of Law and was in the first graduating class.

    Dr. Cathy L. Greenberg, a Philadelphian, will be one of the project’s Executive Producers.   Her company will be the National Leadership Sponsor.  Cathy is an author, motivational speaker and executive coach.  Her latest book, Fearless Leaders, will be published in March.  Cathy was a senior executive at two of the world’s largest business consulting firms and provides strategic advice to numerous national and global business enterprises. (

    Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. With its affiliates, Independence serves more than 7 million people nationwide, including 2.2 million in the region. The Company seeks to enhance the health and wellness of the people and communities it serves by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness.  (

    The Forum of Executive Women is a membership organization of over 400 women of influence in the Greater Philadelphia region, whose members hold top positions in every major segment of the community.   It serves as the linchpin for a multitude of initiatives that have sparked critical conversations in executive suites, board rooms and public policy arenas.  The Forum actively works to leverage the power of executive women in the Greater Philadelphia region to expand the impact and influence of women leaders.  (

    For further information Contact:

    History Making Productions

    Nancy Moses…  215.802.7949

    Lauren Katz…   215.589.5976

    Sam Katz…   215.694.3563

    Independence Blue Cross

    Kathy Albanese…  

    Forum for Executive Women

    Sharon Hardy…   215.628.9944

    The project website is

    History Making Productions

    340 North 12th Street, Suite 300

    Philadelphia, PA 19107


    Sponsoring Women’s Organizations

    Forum of Executive Women - the region’s leading network of women business execs.

    Girl Scouts of Eastern PA – the largest girl serving organization in Pennsylvania which builds girls of courage, confidence and character.

    Professional Women’s Roundtable – an important professional women in business networking group.

    The Main Line Society of Professional Women – major suburban networking organization.

    New Century Trust - the oldest continuously running women’s organization in the U.S.

    League of Women Voters of SE PA –a voice for change, working to protect and defend democratic rights.

    Vision 2020 - national coalition of organizations united to achieve women’s economic and social equality. HQ at Drexel School of Medicine.

    Emergency Aid of Pa. Foundation – formed in 1914 to aid foreign relief during World War I.


    Alice Paul Institute – honors the legacy of suffragists, and a leader in bringing recognition to organizations and historic sites that honor women.

    Women’s Way – supports wage equity, rape crisis, domestic violence, reproductive freedom through philanthropy.

    National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Pennsylvania Chapter –develops community leaders to advancing equity and empowerment among women of color.

    Congreso - a multi-service organization that serves the Latino community of Philadelphia.

    Philadelphia LINKS - an international corporation, established in 1946 in Philadelphia to respond to the needs and aspirations of Black women.

    Women of Destiny an organization committed to the mentorship and leadership development of the next generation of African American women.

    Devereux Foundation - founded in 1912 by Helena Devereux and serving mentally disabled and challenged children and adults.

    Women’s Business Development Center - fosters the development and retention of successful women’s owned businesses. 

    Heritage/Cultural Partners

    Historical Society of Pennsylvania

    African American Museum of Philadelphia

    Independence Seaport Museum

    Philadelphia History Museum

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    Free Library of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach Library

    College of Physicians/Mutter Museum

    National Museum of American Jewish History

    Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

    American Swedish Museum

    Philadelphia Athenaeum

    Independence National Historical Park

    National History Day-Philadelphia

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