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  • Main Line Today's Best of the Main Line and Westen Suburbs event will be held on July 18 at Drexelbrook, located at 4700 Drexelbrook Drive in Drexel Hill. There will be food, drinks, and entertainment.

  • Lori O'Leary of MusicWorks has been selected as one of five winners of the KYW Newsradio 2013 Women's Achievement Awards.

  • Congratulations to the following SPW members for being named SmartCEO Brava! Award winners: Pnina Mintz, The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health; Maureen Tomoschuk, Community Volunteers in Medicine; Michal Smith, Cradles to Crayons; Nancy Dunleavy, Dunleavy and Associates; Marcella Bossow Schankweiler, For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation; Jennifer Byrne, The Tropical Travelers

  • The Alzheimer's Association held its annual Chocolate Symphony fundraiser this month with over 200 attendees. Proceeds from the event will help fund chapter programs and services to nearly 300,000 people.

  • People's Light and Theatre Company was honored with the PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in Honor of Peggy Amsterdam, which recognizes a visual and/or performing arts group that has successfully demonstrated an innovative approach to increasing arts access and engagement.

  • Kim Landry, president of Hollister Creative (Silver Sponsor), will be honored on May 10 at the Decades of Excellence awards gala hosted by the National Women Business Owners Corporation. She will be inducted into the Decades of Excellence Hall of Fame in honor of her 10 years of certification as a Women's Business Enterprise.

  • Molly Shepard, president and CEO of The Leader's Edge/Leaders By Design LLC (SPW April speaker), will be honored with the Woman of Spirit Award at the 2013 Women Against MS Luncheon for her unparalleled commitment to raising money and MS awareness.

  • Employees of USI Affinity, (SPW Title Sponsor) will be spending the day with Cradles to Crayons as part of their Community Outreach program to assist them in fulfilling their mission.

  • Lankenau Hospital, part of Main Line Health (SPW Women's Health Sponsor), was named one of the nation's 100 top hospitals by Truven Health Analytics

  • Jim Falk of Nolan Painting, Inc. (SPW Gold Sponsor) lead a charity painting project for the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America Delaware Valley chapter. It will help NOVA in Bucks County, an organization dedicated to helping and counseling victims of sexual assault.

  • Odell Studner (SPW Silver Sponsor) donated $5,000 to Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities to go towards its Human Needs and Services division.

  • The Alzheimer's Association is offering a "Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters" program in Cambodian on Saturday, April 6th from 12 pm - 1 pm at the United Healthcare Multicultural Community Center located at 1900 S. Broad Street

  • Bruce Hotaling, CFA, Managing Partner and Founder, has announced that Hotaling Investment Management is now a fully independent registered investment advisory under the name Hotaling Investment Management LLC

  • Nolan Painting, Inc. has been awarded the esteemed 2012 Angie's List Super Service Award for the 7th consecutive year, receiving a minimum number of outstanding reports from Angie's List members, maintaining an A average on both the reports for 2012 as well as on their overall reports and not being in poor standing with the Better Business Bureau.

  • TechGirlz (Featured Non-Profit at SPW October event) founder, Tracy Welson-Rossman, was featured in an article by Team Pennsylvania Foundation about the importance of technology and STEM in the lives of young women.

  • Women's Resource Center will be hosting its 7th Annual Leadership Luncheon on April 12 at 11 am at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, featuring Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Gilbert and Neen James as the Emcee.

  • New Leash on Life was named to the Top-Rated List of Nonprofits for 2012 by GreatNonprofits.

  • The following SPW members were named to the Main Line Today 2012 Power Women List: Maida Milone of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, JoAnn Magnatta of Main Line Health, Sue Schick of UnitedHealthcare, Susan Garrison of The Center Foundation, Kathy Landau Goodman of Main Line Audiology Consultants and Danielle Gray of Restore Chiropractic.

  • The following SPW members were named Women of Distinction for 2012 by the Philadelphia Business Journal: Yvette Bright, Independence Blue Cross, Jill Michal of United Way, Nanette Carney of The Carney Group and Maria Trafton of Wells Fargo.

  • Michele Daly of Women's Resource Center was honored with the Athena Award by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Michelle Goglia, former Director of Small Business, has been promoted to Vice President of Sales for UnitedHealthcare.

  • The following companies were honored with Reader's Choice Awards: Panera Bread, Haverford College, Massage Envy, AME Salon & Spa, Main Line Health and Fitness, Paramour, The Old Guard House Inn, Glenmorgan Bar & Grill, Gullifty's and Margaret Kuo's.

  • The American Red Cross will be hosting its 19th Annual Spectrum Awards on November 1 at Hyatt at the Bellevue. One of the award recipients is Pamela Rainey-Lawler, the founder of Philabundance.

  • Anna Serefeas, Director of Business Development for the Drexel University LeBow College of Business, was named the SPW woman of the month by Main Line Media News.

  • The following companies were named on the Philadelphia Business Journal's list of the region's largest women-owned businesses: TechWise Group (57), The Carney Group (69), Fruit Flowers (80), Mondre Energy (84), Dunleavy and Associates (88), Hollister Creative (109), Mom Corps Philadelphia (125)

  • Nanette Sciolla Carney, co-founder and CEO of The Carney Group (an SPW event sponsor), was recently announced as a 2012 SmartCEO Magazine Brava! Award recipient, which recognizes women leaders in business and philanthropy in the Greater Philadelphia area

  • Donna Allie, president and Founder of Team Clean, Inc. (2011 SPW speaker), was named the 2012 Helena Devereux Women in Leadership Award Winner by The Main Line Chamber of Commerce and Devereux

  • Hotaling Investment Management (SPW Silver Sponsor) recently launched the Wealth for Women program, for which Eileen Paul achieved a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation

  • The following SPW Sponsors were recognized at the 2012 Corporate Philanthropy Summit for charitable donations: #1 Wells Fargo (overall top corporate donor of 2012); #4 PECO; #12 PwC; #14 Stradley Ronon; #22 Beneficial Bank; #31 Penn Liberty Bank

  • As a result of the SPW event in Dec. 2011, attendee Marti Lyman, director of nursing at Main Line Health, was so inspired by Tom Costello from the Joy of Sox that she involved nurses in a collection drive this winter. MLH nurses collected a total of 7,336 socks for The Joy of Sox Organization

  • Marian Marchese’s “New Leash on Life” was featured in Main Line Today and on NBC 10. New Leash on Life is the SPW Featured Nonprofit at the July 25 event

  • Michelle Martinez of CBIZ Payroll was named SPW Woman of the Month for May by Main Line Media News

  • Binney Wietlisbach, President of the Haverford Trust Company and an active Chamber and SPW member, ranked no. 8 on Barron’s 2012 Top Financial Advisors in PA, making her the top female financial advisor in the state

  • Nursing Magnet Ambassadors from all five Main Line Health (SPW Women’s Health Sponsor) hospitals collected 7,336 pairs of new socks donated by employees, patients and visitors at numerous MLH locations for the Joy of Sox organization

  • PwC (SPW Silver Sponsor) was named a “Leader” in the global market for enterprise architecture consulting by International Data Corporation (IDC)

  • Cheyney University (SPW Platinum Sponsor) marked its 175th Anniversary this year with a campus celebration, including local politicians, school performances and awards

  • The following SPW member companies were named among the top 100 workplaces by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News: Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, PwC (SPW Silver Sponsor), The Union League of Philadelphia (SPW March Host and President, Joan Carter was the speaker), Penn Liberty Bank, First Financial Group

  • Amy Andersson, founder of FinOrg4U, was named the SPW Woman of the Month by Main Line Media News for February

  • Rosemary Turner, 2011 SPW speaker and President for UPS Chesapeake District, was named the 2012 Paradigm Award honoree by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

  • Dave Magrogan Group (President Dave Magrogran will be the Oct. SPW speaker), PeopleShare and Gage Professionals Staffing won the 2012 SmartCEO Future 50 awards which recognizes the Greater Philadelphia 50 fastest growing companies

  • The Go Red For Women annual luncheon and health expo will be held on Friday, May 18. The event , sponsored in part by Main Line Health, is being coordinated by Michelle Barry, VP at Penn Mutual (SPW Diamond Sponsor)

  • Tonia Adleta, owner and lead designer of Aribella Events, was named the SPW Woman of the Month by Main Line Media News for January

  • Renee Amoore (SPW April Speaker) was featured in the December issue of Smart Business, for her success in being a social entrepreneur

  • 3 SPW Members were named 2011 Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal: Sue Shick, United Healthcare; Lynn Doyle, The Comcast Network (November 2011 SPW Speaker); Peggy Leimkuhler, Firstrust Bank

  • Donna Allie, president and Founder of Team Clean, Inc. and November 2011 SPW speaker,  and Lynn Yeakel, Co-Chair of Vision 2020 and January 2012 SPW speaker, were presented with the “Beyond the Glass Ceiling” award by the American Red Cross for contributions to the Philadelphia community

  • Rachel Cohen, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Barbara Doyne, Brumbaugh Wealth Management, Susanna Foo, Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen, Yvette Bright, Independence Blue Cross and Mazda Miles, Perfection Events were all named the Women Of Accomplishment in the 24th edition of the Women’s Yellow Pages

  • Terry Whitaker, principal at Crossbow Studio, presented during the Keynote lunch at the 2011 Pennsylvania Conference for Women. She spoke to over 5,000 attendees on the importance of believing in yourself for business.

  • Shelby Goodman, Branch Rental Manager for Enterprise Rent-a-car, was named the SPW Woman of the Month by Main Line Media News for November

  • Hollister Creative, SPW Silver Sponsor, was honored with the Gold National Mature Media Award by the Mature Market Resource Center for the 9th year in a row. The Gold Award is the top honor given in the category for Single Article – Magazine/Newspaper/Newsletter

  • 92 Main Line Health Doctors were named "Top Doctors" by U.S. News and World Report. Main Line Health is the SPW Platinum Sponsor

  • 4 Members were named Women on the Move by Main Line Today magazine: Kim Zachary, NBC Philadelphia; Rosalie Mirenda, Neumann University; Donna Phillips, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Dr. Helen Kuroki, Riddle Memorial Hospital

  • March 2012 SPW speaker, Joan Carter, first female president of the Union League of Philadelphia, was the keynote speaker at the annual Main Line Today Women on the Move Luncheon

  • Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, a SPW Silver Sponsor, was named a "Tier 1" firm in Philadelphia for insurance law, mutual funds law and trusts & estates law in the 2011-2012 edition of Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms by U.S News and World Report.

  • Sue Schick, CEO of UnitedHealthcare and SPW Silver Sponsor, and Mary Stengel Austen, CEO of Tierney Communications and SPW’s October speaker have been recognized by SmartCEO with the 2011 Brava! Women Business Achievement Awards.

  • Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co., SPW Silver Sponsor, is investing in America’s returning soldiers in appreciation for their investment in our freedom. Over the next five years, they will build a Center for Veterans Affairs at American College in Bryn Mawr. Their goal is to help veterans study to become financial professionals and secure jobs after their service.

  • Melmark was presented with a $25,000 by Ronald McDonald House Charities at their Spring Festival on June 11. This grant enabled Melmark to fund a state‐of‐the‐art recreational area, including courts for tennis and basketball, a kickball field and a therapeutic garden for the children and adults they serve.

  • Donna Allie, President of Team Clean, named number 3 on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s list of top women employers.

  • Stradley Ronon’s investment management/mutual funds group was ranked nationally in the 2011 edition of the Legal 500 – which provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers in over 100 countries, according to the publication.

  • VWR was named the 3rd Healthiest Employer by Philadelphia Business Journal.

  • Penn Mutual donated $2.5 million to build a Center for Veterans Affairs to help returning soldiers, reservists and other veterans study to become insurance agents and financial advisors.

  • Ellen Fisher of Women's Yellow Pages, won the Women in Business Champion of the Year Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for the Eastern Region.

  • Pals for Life's "Bow Wow Bingo" fundraiser had a record attendance of 300 people and 50 pets, raising a total of $15,600! The money will be used to provide for expenses associated with bringing pets on nearly 700 visits to the elderly and ill at facilities throughout the Delaware Valley.

  • Anastasia C. Sheffler-Wood of Stradley Ronon, was appointed as vice president of the West Chester based Grove United Methodist Church board of trustees.

  • Neen James will recieve the Phebe Novakovick Award at the Women Resource Center's 5th Annual Leadership Luncheon on April 14!

  • Presbyterian Children's Village earned the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the commission's state-of-the-art national standards for behavioral healthcare.

  • Yangming was named the #1 Chinese restaurant in the USA by the Chinese Restaurant News Magazine and their owner Michael M. Wei was recognized as one of the “Influential Personalities in the Restaurant Industry.”

  • Terry D'Alessandro, Executive Vice President and Director of Community Banking at Firstrust and SPW Advisory Council Chair, was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer for her efforts to improve performance at all Firstrust branches.

  • The Main Line Chamber's EVP & COO Eileen Connolly-Robbins has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Women’s Resource Center and named to the Forum of Executive Women.

  • Lynn Yeakel of the Women's Resource Center will be honored for her civic and community leadership and tireless advocacy for women's issues, at their 5th Annual Leadership Luncheon on April 14.

  • Barbara Denczi, Vice President of Business Development for Bryn Mawr Trust Company, was honored with the Athena Award by Delaware County Chamber of Commerce for excellence in her profession, improving quality of life for others in community, and helping women realize their leadership potential.

  • The Carney Group was one of 53 women-owned businesses named in the Philadelphia Business Journal's Women-owned Business List.

  • Stradley Ronon partner Deborah Hong was one of just 20 attorneys in the United States, to receive the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (NAPABA) “2010 Best Lawyers Under 40” award.

  • The Main Line Chamber of Commerce recognized Terry D'Alessandro, Executive Vice President, Director of Community Banking at Firstrust Bank, as the recipient of "The Chairman's Award." Terry was honored at 2010 Red Carpet Dinner for her outstanding work and service at the Chamber.

  • Frances Gauthier, Counsel of Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young, LLP has been elected
    to serve as Council Member to the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law for
    a four year term.

  • Bayne Northern, vice president of Independent Broker Dealer Distribution for Penn Mutual, was awarded Penn Mutual's prestigious Chairman’s Award.

  • Eileen C. McDonnell, current president of Penn Mutual was named as successor to Robert E. Chappell, Penn Mutual’s CEO, effective on February 18, 2011.

  • Philadelphia Business Journal named Deanna Byrne of PwC , Linda Galante of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young , Michele Lawrence of Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company , Lorina Marshall-Blake of Independence Blue Cross and Jane McAuliffe of Bryn  Mawr College, 2010 Women of Distinction Award winners.

  • Anro Print & Digital Solutions received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by WBEC, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

  • MusicWorks received the Star of Excellence Most Innovative Children’s Program Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service & Dedication to Promoting Recovery & Resiliency, by the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health and Magellan Behavioral Health.

  • The Main Line Chamber's EVP & COO Eileen Connolly-Robbins was named a "Woman on the Move" by Main Line Today Magazine.

  • Sarah Peterson, a Main Line Chamber Board Member and Main Line Health’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs, has been accepted into the Forum of Executive Women.

  • Elizabeth Birmingham, a nursing student at Harcum College, is the 2010 recipient of the Gold Leaf Scholarship, sponsored by The Main Line Chamber of Commerce and Harcum College. The scholarship is awarded to a female student who exhibits outstanding leadership qualities.

  • Dr. Karen A. Stout, President of Montgomery County Community College, was elected to the National Junior College Athletic Association Board of Directors (NJCAA). She will represent the Northeastern District, which includes Regions 3, 15, 19 and 21 for a two-year term.

  • Stradley Ronon partner, Deborah Hong, was selected as a 2010 Pennsylvania “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer, a Philadelphia-based daily legal newspaper. Hong was one of 30 Pennsylvania attorneys recognized as future leaders of the state’s legal community based on their development of the law, commitment to the community and service to the bar.

  • SPW Advisory Council Chair, Terry D’Alessandro, has been named Executive Vice President, Director of Community Banking at Firstrust Bank. She will manage the bank’s entire retail banking operation including its 24 offices in Bucks, Burlington, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

  • Suzanne Jackson of Stephano Slack LLC, won the Business Woman of the Year Award at the 2010 Women’s Referral Network Luncheon honoring women for their work in the community.

  • The Main Line Chamber’s Eileen Connolly- Robbins, was honored as a Victorious Woman by Annmarie Kelly of The Victorious Woman Project. She was honored at the April 22 SPW event, “Decreasing Your Daily Dose of Stress”. The Victorious Woman Award is given to women who have exemplified the desire and accomplishments of stepping into leadership.

  • Carole Felton Communications was honored for its leadership in social responsibility. They were named as a winner in the category “Making a Difference” at the 2010 Communitas Awards for work accomplished on behalf of Career Wardrobe.

  • Seasons 52 has brought in Executive Chef Partner, Anne Moriarta to lead the culinary expansion in the kitchen. Anne brings creativity and impressive expertise to her role. A widely-respected veteran of the restaurant industry, she takes pride in assuring Seasons 52 guests a superb dining experience. She has been heralded in several publications such as Forbes, Southern Living, and Ladies Home Journal.

  • Judith M. Lewis, a graduate student in Organizational Leadership at Cabrini College, is the 2009 recipient of the Gold Leaf Scholarship, sponsored by The Main Line Chamber of Commerce and Cabrini College. The scholarship is awarded to a female student who exhibits outstanding leadership qualities.


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