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  • Friday, May 12, 2017 9:00 AM | Jamie Kloss (Administrator)

    Six of Philadelphia’s most dynamic leaders gathered at the Pennovation Center to share powerful stories during PWR’s Overcoming Obstacles event on Tuesday, May 9.


    Moderator Kristen Bakalar, who specializes in inclusive leadership training at athenahealth, asked each of the speakers to discuss one word they associate with “obstacle."

    Challenge

    Mary Dougherty owns and operates both Nicole Miller Philadelphia boutiques in addition to a fashion consulting firm, and has been named one of Philadelphia’s "Top 50 Women to Watch" by Business Philadelphia Magazine.  Mary discussed the challenge of overcoming adversity in a male-dominated industry and the importance of communicating with authenticity while tailoring your message to your audience. 

    Audacity

    Tiffany Tavarez administers corporate contributions and corporate citizenship programs for PECO.  Among the numerous leadership awards she’s received, she was named one of the 30 Over 30 of Philadelphia’s Most Inspiring Women by online magazine Femme & Fortune.  Tiffany shared her experience with realizing the benefits of having the audacity to speak up for herself and not allowing others stifle her creativity.

    Perseverance

    Nora Cothren is an educator and ice hockey coach dedicated to creating safe sporting environments.  She is an Academic Coordinator with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, a non-profit committed to teaching children important life lessons through an emphasis on life skills and character development. Nora spoke of perseverance and the mantra she borrows from Dory of Finding Nemo for times when life gets really tough: “Just Keep Swimming.”

    Opportunity

    Yasmine Mustafa is a tech entrepreneur and CEO of ROAR for Good, a self-defense wearable technology company aimed at diminishing attacks against women.  She and her family were living in Kuwait when it was invaded during the Persian Gulf War.  Her story of fleeing the country, settling in Philadelphia, and the grueling path to U.S. citizenship and entrepreneurship exemplifies the concept of turning obstacle into opportunity.

    Growth

    Dixieanne James is VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development with Einstein HealthCare Network with 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry.  She advocates positive self-talk and finding an effective sponsor to support career and personal growth.

    Nimble

    Our moderator Kristen Bakalar develops custom solutions for leadership and diversity trainings. Since achieving objectives often requires finding an alternative route, she remembers the importance of being nimble: honing the ability to think on your feet and change direction quickly.  She advises those starting out their careers to seek a coach, mentor, or a sponsor.  She distinguishes between them:  “A Coach talks to you.  A Mentor talks with you.  A Sponsor talks about you.”
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:00 AM | Jamie Kloss (Administrator)

    PWR is now taking applications for a number of positions on our Board of Directors. This is an excellent way to contribute to the advancement of your profession, to share best practices and to build and expand upon a great network of leaders from a variety of industries.

    We welcome your application for a 2017 Board Position.

    The following positions are up for election:
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Treasurer
    • Diversity and Inclusion Chair
    • Members-Only Events Chair

    Please complete the application linked below and return with a copy of your most recent resume to info@pwroundtable.com by Monday, April 3rd. We will then follow up with you by late April about next steps. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.

    Download the application here: PWR - 2017 Board Application.doc

  • Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:00 PM | Jamie Kloss (Administrator)

    This spring, several events in Philadelphia offer networking and education opportunities to emerging female business and community leaders. PWR members can take advantage of discounted pricing or learn more about the following events:


    Independence Business Alliance’s 2017 Women in Business Panel

    Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    National Liberty Museum

    321 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Join us as the IBA celebrates Women’s History Month with a dynamic panel discussion on mentorship. We will explore the best practices for fostering productive mentor/mentee relationships, learn how to leverage mentorship to advance our goals at every stage of our career, and examine ways to shift work dynamics to prioritize collaboration over competition amongst professional women.

     2017 Panel:

    • Denise James – Director of Strategic Communications at Philadelphia Police Department and Principal Coach/Executive Producer of Denise James Media
    • Laura Jennings – PA-C, Penn Medicine
    • Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Ph.D. – Professor and former Founding Dean of the School of Education at Arcadia University
    • Mary Catherine Roper – Deputy Legal Director, PA ACLU
    • Moderator: Natalie Rojas – Director of Supplier Diversity at the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

    Tickets:

    $30 for IBA members

    $50 for non-members

    *PWR members can use the discount code: WIBFRIEND

     Networking to follow. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

    Male-identified attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend and support this event!

     

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    11th Annual Women's Resource Center Leadership Luncheon

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    11:00am-2:00pm

    Crystal Tea Room

    100 E Penn Square # 9B, Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Join more than 500 women leaders from throughout the Delaware Valley for an inspirational luncheon to benefit Women's Resource Center.

    This event will feature:
    • Keynote Speaker, Binney Wietlisbach, President of Haverford Trust
    • Honoree, Molly Kuehn Watson, Chief Operating Officer of Tierney
    • Emcee, Renee Amoore, The Amoore Group

    Plus there will be a silent auction, raffle baskets and more!

    Proceeds benefit the mission and work of the Women's Resource Center, helping women and girls to successfully navigate life's transitions.

    Ticket information: https://wrc.ticketleap.com/11thwrcluncheon

     

  • Wednesday, September 07, 2016 3:01 PM | Allison Serano (Administrator)

    On August 24, Board Members Doreen Mosher and Beth Lawrence spoke to an audience of 80+ women about the power of intentional networking to further their careers. These women ranged from second-year students at Bryn Mawr to seasoned professionals.

         

  • Monday, August 15, 2016 9:46 AM | Allison Serano (Administrator)

    Professional Women’s Roundtable to Honor Local Diversity & Inclusion Leader at Anniversary Event

    Nonprofit Celebrates 14 Years of Empowering Women in Philadelphia

     

    PHILADELPHIA (August XX, 2016) – Professional Women’s Roundtable today announced it will present its PoWeR Award to Nellie Fitzpatrick, Director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, at its 14th Annual Anniversary Event. The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café.

    Each year, the PoWeR Award honors a trailblazing woman who has made outstanding contributions to the local community by serving as a role model for emerging women business leaders. Past honorees include tax attorney and philanthropist Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. and Director of the Center for Corporate Governance at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business, Patricia Connolly.

    Fitzpatrick was appointed as the Director of LGBT Affairs last year and now serves as an advisor, educator and advocate for diversity and inclusion in the Philadelphia community. Fitzpatrick previously was the LGBT liaison in the District Attorney's Office, where she served as an assistant district attorney and prosecutor in the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit. She has been dedicated to empowering the LGBT community and furthering efforts to bring about the systemic change needed to end discrimination.

    Admission to the event is $55 for non-members, $45 for CCPA members and PWR standard members, and $35 for PWR premium members. Drinks and light fare will be served. Registration details are available at: http://pwroundtable.com/event-2253571

    About the 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 22, 2016 10:51 AM | Allison Serano (Administrator)

    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 | Allison Serano (Administrator)

    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:

    Officers:

    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.

    Members:

    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 pwroundtable.com.

     

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:24 AM | Allison Serano (Administrator)

    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: http://pwroundtable.com/event-2185494

     

  • Friday, January 22, 2016 9:18 AM | Allison Serano (Administrator)

    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 | Allison Serano (Administrator)

    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 14th 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.

     

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