Cherise is a former chemist-now-realtor with Compass, and is known in the real estate industry as "Agent Lady." Cherise provides home buying and selling services all across Philadelphia; however, her focus is working with first-time home buyers in Center City and surrounding areas. Cherise's passion for real estate goes far beyond just closing deals, and is shown by becoming a personal resource to all her clients. Cherise received a Bachelors degree in Chemistry at West Chester University and became a licensed realtor after attending Temple Real Estate School. Cherise was awarded a Who's Next, 40 Under 40 Award by Billy Penn in 2018.
Morgan & Morgan
Hannah Molitoris is an attorney at Morgan and Morgan in Philadelphia. Being raised by a strong woman, Hannah learned at a young age the importance of women supporting and empowering other women from her mother. Prior to joining Morgan & Morgan, Hannah worked as a public defender representing clients in misdemeanor and felony cases. Hannah graduated cum laude from Susquehanna University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications. She was a member of the Order of Omega Leadership Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta Political Science Honor Society, and received Departmental Honors in Political Science. In 2016, she received her Juris Doctor from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University. During law school, Hannah was a member of the Student Bar Association, mock trial team, moot court team, and participated in the criminal law clinic. She volunteered with the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity and M.E.N.T.O.R. program. Hannah competed nationally in both mock trial and moot court competitions. As a member of the mock trial team, she was a regional champion in the Texas Young Lawyers National Trial Competition and a quarterfinalist in the Buffalo Niagara Trial Competition. Currently, Hannah coaches a mock trial team at the Kline School of Law.SaveSave
Lindsay Patton-Carson is a communications professional who specializes in content management, social media, writing and editing. A journalism graduate from Grand Valley State University, Lindsay worked at Revue magazine, a publication covering West Michigan entertainment from 2008-2015, becoming Revue's managing editor in 2010. Lindsay also has experience reporting on business (specifically the nonprofit sector), feminism, animal rights and lifestyle beats. In 2016, Lindsay became the content director at eightthirtyfour, a Grand Rapids-based marketing firm. With diverse clientele and a new skill set challenge, Lindsay fell in love with social media and content management. She followed that passion to Philadelphia in 2017, where she was hired as the Vice President of Customer Engagement at PiperWai Natural Deodorant. She is currently the Social Media Supervisor at Evoke KYNE, where she assists with high-level social media planning for clients. Lindsay also has a robust freelance career with pieces published in Huffpo, Bust, Girlboss, Philly Voice, One Green Planet and more. In her free time, she manages social media for Animal Avengers, an anti-poaching organization founded by actress Shannon Elizabeth.
The Daly Group
Lauren Blum was born and raised in Philadelphia, and now works in the city as a Realtor with The Daly Group under Keller Williams. Before entering real estate, Lauren earned her BS in Education from Syracuse University. When she isn’t working and meeting with clients, Lauren enjoys exploring Philly’s culinary and music scene.
Ashley is a Penn State Communications graduate with 5 years of
experience in buying, merchandising, social media and event management.
She spent most of her early years in the wedding industry and was
reviewed a 5 star wedding coordinator on WeddingWire. She then moved on
to the fashion industry and has been featured with lifestyle brands such
as Evryday Jane and HSN. She is now fully focused in the public
relations industry and spends most of her time building strategies for
clients to elevate their branding and storytelling. Ashley has always
felt that sharing stories is a crucial part of a community and in her
free time, she makes sure to do her part for our community. In high
school, she became a certified Mediator and Conflict Manager for the
local Unity Program which was dedicated to spreading awareness,
understanding and tolerance between the youth. In college, she was part
of the World in Conversation Project, which experimented with ways we
could gain insight and understanding with foreign cultures through
active listening and open conversation. Nowadays, she is an active
volunteer for Philadelphia's Asian Arts Initiative and Hub of Hope.
Diversity and Inclusion
Kaela Blanks (pronouns she/her) is the Senior Specialist of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Aramark, which supports the D&I strategy for Aramark associates around the world. This includes empowering Aramark’s 9 employee resources groups (ERGs), finding opportunities to make Aramark an even better place to work for all, and giving voice to the diverse stories within the Aramark community.
She has a passion for people and ensuring they feel comfortable and supported to bring their whole selves to work. Prior to Aramark, she has worked in various HR generalist functions but always having a focus on data and metrics, talent management, and diversity and inclusion.
Kaela has her bachelor’s in Psychology from Temple University and a masters in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Human Resources. She also is SHRM-SCP certified.
In addition to PWR, Kaela is an active member of Philly SHRM and is now serving on the board as Fellow. She also is a Content Marketer for Employee Cycle, an HR analytics start-up, and creates weekly blog content on various HR topics. In her spare time (when she can find it), Kaela likes to travel and explore the city for new food spots.
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP
a South Jersey native, is a healthcare attorney currently serving as
the Associate General Counsel for Brighton Health Plan Solutions. Mara
earned her Juris Doctor from the
Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University where she completed a
Health Law concentration. Mara's professional roots are in Philly, as
she worked at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital during law school and
spent her early career at Philadelphia-based law firm Montgomery
McCracken Walker & Rhoads. Currently, Mara is in the process of
earning her MBA and MHA from The University of Scranton, her
undergraduate alma mater, and also serves as the coordinator and as a
contributor for Philly.com's Health Cents blog. Mara is a former Jesuit
Volunteer and stays connected to the Philadelphia Jesuit community. In
2018, Mara was an awardee for the Inaugural South Jersey Millennials 30
Under 30 award. In her free time, Mara loves spending time running,
doing yoga, and hanging out with her cats and husband.
Racquel Assaye has over twenty three years of experience in the accounting and auditing field. She currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and a member of Interim Leadership at the Mazzoni Center. She is team oriented and recognizes that the successes in her role are in large part due to the efforts of each of her team members and is not shy in her appreciation of them. Of the twenty three years spent in the accounting sector, sixteen were spent in the nonprofit environment. While there is opportunity for greater earnings in the for profit environment, she enjoys marrying her passion for numbers with her heart for service to marginalized communities, such as those being served by the Center. Racquel teaches budgeting to anyone who would listen. Her vision is financial independence for all regardless of their pay scale. She has had the satisfaction of seeing lives changed as people’s financial circumstances change just by employing budgeting tools. Growing up with little resources in South America ignited this passion within her as a means to escape her circumstances. She holds a B.S. in Business Education/Business Administration from Andrews University and a M.S. in Accounting from Drexel University. She also successfully completed the four parts of the CPA exams.
Maria Matysik is a marketing and sales professional in the technology industry with a focus in social media and digital. In her current role at Curalate Inc., a local Philadelphia tech start-up, she connects with prospects and clients at some of the world's most beloved brands to provide technology that powers their marketing, e-Commerce and social strategy. Outside of the tech space, Maria has a passion for events, PR and content marketing and has worked for a variety of companies and across industries from nonprofit to fashion. Maria received a Bachelors degree in Marketing with a minor in Advertising at the University of Delaware in 2017.
Angelica Garcia is an experiential marketing specialist with a demonstrated history of working in entertainment, broadcast radio, and print media. A graduate of The Institute of Audio Research, she began her journey inside of recording studios in New York City. Drawn to creative environments, she began her professional career as a marketing coordinator for Sony/Epic Records where she assisted in launching campaigns for artists such as, Natasha Bedingfield and Sean Kingston. From there, she took her passions to iHeartMedia where she advanced to leading roles across the Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia markets. Her work with iHeartMedia included productions such as Jingle Ball and Radio 104.5 Birthday shows, which totaled in 20K+ attendance. After numerous years in entertainment, she brought her expertise to The Philadelphia Business Journal where she produced up to 30 events annually ranging from conferences, awards programs, photo shoots, and more. She is currently scheduled to speak at the 2019 Event Planner Expo alongside other industry experts. In her spare time Angelica enjoys spending time with her dogs and boyfriend, and belting out a song or two at karaoke. Save
Board Member At Large
Gretchen is the Business Travel Sales Manager for the Loews Philadelphia hotel. She is responsible for the Good Neighbor Program that offers discounts and special rates to local residents and businesses at the 581-room property. Prior to this role, she served in a dual role as Business Travel Sales Manager and Catering Sales Manager for the Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport. She has received accolades from her clients for creating memorable experiences with flawless execution. Gretchen also serves as a Board Member for the Midtown Village Association. A graduate of the University of New Haven in Connecticut, she is also a licensed esthetician and spends her free time volunteering for various non-profit organizations such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Philabundance, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Candy’s Place, a center for cancer awareness. Participating in the Eagles Autism Challenge, Gretchen has already surpassed her fundraising goal and contributions will go to CHOP, Drexel, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health Research programs around Autism.
Kira is currently a Public Relations student at Temple University, and has been interning with PWR since March, 2019. She lives in Philadelphia and works as a barista in the area. Kira’s passions in the industry include strategic public relations, social media, events planning, and interpersonal communications on the whole. She is excited to be entering the professional world of women with the values of PWR as the forefront of her experiences.
PWR is actively seeking Committee members to support our efforts with Communications, Social Media, Diversity & Inclusion, Sponsorship, and Events. If interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.