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10TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON

2016 EVENT DETAILS

10th Annual Women's Resource Center Leadership Luncheon

Each year the Women’s Resource Center holds its annual Leadership Luncheon to honor and celebrate women who are leading the way in helping other women, girls and families. This fabulous event draws 500+ local business leaders and is the WRC’s main fundraising event of the year. Each year is a fabulous day of networking, shopping, lunch, and the inspiration of wonderful speakers and honorees.

The event was held on April 15, 2016, from 11-2 pm at the Crystal Tea Room, on 100 Penn Square East
in Philadelphia.

Event Planners for 2016 Luncheon
Seamless Events

2016 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Kelley CornishKelley Cornish
Director, Diversity & Inclusion | Author | Speaker

Kelley F. Cornish, MA, CCDP, is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies headquartered in Philadelphia, PA with locations in 17 states and the District of Columbia. AmeriHealth Caritas is the nation’s leader in health care solutions for the underserved and chronically ill, impacting the lives of more than 6-million members nationwide. The mission of AmeriHealth Caritas is to help people get care, stay well and build healthy communities. Our goal is to provide responsible managed care solutions, including Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP—plus pharmacy benefit management, behavioral health and administrative services.

Read Kelley’s full bio >

2016 EVENT EMCEE

Lu Ann CahnLu Ann Cahn, Emmy-award winning journalist and former NBC10 reporter

Lu Ann Cahn is an 8 time Emmy winning reporter for NBC10 WCAU in Philadelphia. She’s is a well known as a national award winning investigative journalist and as a long time breast cancer survivor who made her personal story public in 1991.

In 2010, while working full time, she set off on new positive personal journey to get her life unstuck by doing something new every single day for a year.

She documented those first time experiences in her self-help memoir I Dare Me (Penguin/Random House ’13) featured on the Today Show, CNN Headline News, Extra and BBC radio.

Ms. Cahn graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Georgia and lives with her husband in Montgomery County.

WE THANK THE FOLLOWING 2016 SPONSORS

TITLE

AstraZeneca

PLATINUM

Comcast
PECO
AmeriHealth Caritas
AON Hewitt

GOLD

FirsTrust
Greene Tweed
Lincoln Financial Group
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Amerisource Bergen Foundation
Beneficial Bank
GlaxoSmithKline
Raymond James

SILVER PLUS

MetLife
Mercer
GeoBlue
Reed Tech
Jefferson Health
Live the Vision LLC
Fidelity Investments
RBC Wealth Management
The Leaders Edge/Leaders by Design
Always Best Care

SILVER

KPMG
United Healthcare
Family Focus Media
Entrust Financial LLC
Independence Blue Cross
Wolters Kluwer Health Division
HM Life Insurance & United Concordia
Main Line Health
Bengals ladies
dermHA Skin Health Solutions
Willis Towers Watson
Fox Rothschild

BRONZE

Ellie Barger
Transamerica
Fresh Start LLC
Priscilla Connolly
The O’Connor Group
Juno Search Partners
401 East Elm Alliance
Phebe and Michael Novakovic
Berk Wiper International
Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
Brandywine Senior Living
Carebridge Corporation
Cristo Rey ANGLELS
Office Basics Inc.
Putnam Investments

IN-KIND SPONSORS

Cowan’s Florist
Fleet Walker
Further Communications Corporation
Main Line Parent
Main Line Print
Seamless Events
Terry School Photography

9TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON – SOLD OUT!

2015 EVENT DETAILS

WRC 9th Annual Leadership Luncheon

2015’s theme is: “The Art of Negotiating Throughout Life”.

The event will be held on April 10, 2015, from 11-2 pm at the Hyatt At The Bellevue, on 200 South Broad Street in Philadelphia.

Click here to view the 2015 Leadership Luncheon Gallery

2015 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jennifer Gaiski - ComcastJennifer Gaiski, Senior Vice President, Content Acquisition, Comcast Cable Communications

Jen Gaiski has been acquiring and selling programming within the cable industry for almost 20 years. Jen not only negotiates and administers program contracts, she also coordinates field operations and communications within Comcast to implement those deals. Over the last 17 years, she has played a key role in helping shape the company’s video offering as Comcast has grown from an MSO serving 2.7 million customers to the nation’s leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services for more than 22 million customers. Jen works collaboratively to strike deals that help content partners succeed. She is known as a negotiator who is tough but fair and as a relationship builder. Jen has been listed as one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Women in Cable” by Cable World Magazine multiple times in her career, most recently ranking #19. She has been recognized by CableFAX as a “Women on the Move” and has received the distinguished status of “Wonder Woman” by WICT’s New York City Chapter and Multichannel News.

2015 EVENT EMCEE

Lu Ann CahnLu Ann Cahn, Emmy-award winning journalist and former NBC10 reporter

Lu Ann Cahn is an 8 time Emmy winning reporter for NBC10 WCAU in Philadelphia. She’s is a well known as a national award winning investigative journalist and as a long time breast cancer survivor who made her personal story public in 1991.

In 2010, while working full time, she set off on new positive personal journey to get her life unstuck by doing something new every single day for a year.

She documented those first time experiences in her self-help memoir I Dare Me (Penguin/Random House ’13) featured on the Today Show, CNN Headline News, Extra and BBC radio.

Ms. Cahn graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Georgia and lives with her husband in Montgomery County.

2015 PHEBE NOVAKOVIC AWARD RECIPIENT – Brenda DeFeo

Brenda DeFeoBrenda Defeo,
Vice President Bryn Mawr Hospital/Main Line Health

Brenda DeFeo has more than 20 years of management experience in healthcare and hospital administration. She is currently a Vice President for Bryn Mawr Hospital, one of four acute care hospitals in the Main Line Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Ms. DeFeo joined Bryn Mawr Hospital in 2001 and currently directs the hospital’s clinical support services, outpatient services and the oncology and pediatrics service lines.
Ms. DeFeo is a strong supporter for the advancement of women and girls. She currently serves on the board of Women’s Way, is a trustee of the Valentine Foundation, and a member (and former chair) of the Maternity Care Coalition’s Corporate Advisory Committee. Ms. DeFeo served 6 years as a board member and treasurer of the Women’s Resource Center and is currently a member of their advisory board.

2015 Honoree – ROMONA RISCOE BENSON

Romona Riscoe BensonRomona Riscoe Benson
PECO – Corporate Relations

Romona Riscoe Benson, Manager of Corporate Relations with PECO Energy, has more than 25-years of strategic leadership in the areas of programming, marketing, community affairs, museum management, and tourism promotion. Benson comes to PECO after serving as president and CEO of the African American Museum in Philadelphia and is a nationally recognized speaker on multicultural subjects most notably in the areas of community empowerment, economic development, culture, tourism and hospitality. Romona is an active leader in the Philadelphia region. She has served on boards and committees such as the Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Philadelphia School Partnership, National MS Society, People’s Light and Theater, the Mayor’s Commission on Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and, the Philadelphia City Council Task Force on Hospitality & Tourism.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2015 SPONSORS FOR SUCH A SUCCESSFUL LUNCHEON

TITLE Sponsors:
COMCAST
SAP

PLATINUM Sponsor:
PECO

GOLD Sponsors:
Aon
Beneficial Bank
GeoBlue
Cigna
Firstrust Bank
GlaxoSmithKline
Greene, Tweed & Co.
Independence Blue Cross
Johnson, Kendall & Johnson Benefits, Inc.
Lincoln Financial Group
Main Line Health
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Quaker Chemical
The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design

SILVER Sponsors:
401 East Elm Alliance
Aetna
Beacon Bridge Wealth Partners
dermHA/ Skin Health Solutions
Cabrini College
Cristo Rey Angels
Diversified Search
Entrust Financial, LLC
Eugene Potente
Fidelity Investments
Five Star Women
Fox Rothschild
Genesis Healthcare Employee Foundation
Glenmede
JM Search
Mercer
Met Life
Mom Corps
RBC Wealth Financial Management
Reed Technologies
SB1 Federal Credit Union
Susquehanna Bank
The Beacon Group of Companies
The O’Connor Group
Towers Watson
UCCI United Concordia
United Healthcare
VSP Vision Care
Walsh Accounting Solutions
Wiley Group
Wolters Kluwer Health

COPPER Sponsors:
AME
Aqua PA
Arkema
Berner Klaw & Watson
BroadPath
Double Star
Express Data
Daly/Woody Law Firms
Gail Nelson
Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership
Juno Search Partners
KAO Law
KPMG
LF Driscoll
Nolan Painting
NutriSystem, Inc.
Office Basics
Radnor Consulting
Reliance Standard Life Insurance

In Kind Sponsors:
The Women’s Resource Center is grateful to the In-Kind sponsors who have dedicated their time and services to the success of the 9th Leadership Luncheon.

Aon – Program book
Broadpath, Inc – Public Relations
Events by Renee – Event Planning
Main Line Print Shop
Mike Levin Photography – Videographer
Robertson’s Flowers
Scripps Network Interactive
Terry Scholl Photography

Vendor and Boutique Shopping at the 2015 Luncheon

LuAnn Cahn – “I Dare Me Book”
facebook/lacahn

Events by Renee by Renee Patrone
• Events by Renee is the leading authority in event planning for the tri-state area. Renee will be joined by another vendor. Party Host Helper “Great Helpers Make Hosts Amazing!”
Eventsbyrenee.net
facebook/Events-by-Renee

Holly Designer Handbags & Accessories by Holly Medoff
• Located at 50 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA, specializing in Women’s Handbags, Accessories and Apparel
facebook/Holly-Designer-Handbag

Stella & Dot by Susannah Rinker
• Stella & Dot designs an irresistible line of fashion jewelry, bags and fashion accessories that can be purchased exclusively at home parties or online. Shop their collection of women’s jewelry, including fashion necklaces, fashion bracelets, fashion earrings and fashion rings.
stelladot.com
facebook/stelladot

Polka Dots Boutique
• A fun and flirty Boutique located in Paoli, Pa. They have beautiful clothes and fabulous accessories for all age groups.
shopatpolkadots.com
facebook/PolkaDots

Woodlynde School
• Woodlynde School is an independent co-educational college prep school located in suburban Philadelphia for intelligent, talented students with learning differences.
• Located at 445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA
woodlynde.org
facebook.com/WoodlyndeSchool

Main Line Family Law
• Main Line Family Law Center has become the primary source in the Main Line and Philadelphia area for spouses who are facing separation and divorce, and want to approach it in the healthiest way possible.
• PO Box 21, Havertown, PA
mainlinedivorcemediator.com
facebook/Main-Line-Family-Law-Center

Silpada by Ann Levit
• Silpada is dedicated to designing the highest quality jewelry on the market. Every piece of Silpada Jewelry is handcrafted by artisans, and talented in-house design team that travels the world to source the latest trends and designs.
silpada.com
facebook/SilpadaDesigns

Bella Oliva
• An Olive Oil Taproom located at 113 W. Lancaster Avenue,Wayne, PA. Enjoy and taste the Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamics in an array of recipes and learn how to incorporate them into your favorite recipes.
bellaolivataproom.com
facebook/bellaolivataproom

Art Works LLC Painted Glass Work by Angela Marchesani
• ArtWorks, LLC specializes in hand-painted glassware
facebook/artworksinpa

Berkshire Hathaway with Dana Caterson-Zdancewicz, Laura Caterson
• Hire The Caterson Advantage Team and you will have the professionalism and enthusiasm it will take to get your home sold and settled in a timely and smooth manner. They serve both buyers and sellers which gives them the opportunity to have personal contact and lasting relationships with their clients
The Caterson Advantage Team Website
facebook/Caterson-Advantage

Scripps Network Interactive
• Scripps Networks Interactive is the leading developer of high-profile content for many lifestyle media platforms including television, digital, mobile and publishing. Our media portfolio of popular lifestyle brands – HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country – connect with viewers to provide relevant ideas, information and solutions every day, everywhere.
scrippsnetworksinteractive.com
facebook/scripps.networks.interactive

dermaHA & Skin Solutions
• dermHA is led by its Founder and President, Mildred Bell. Mildred is a licensed medical esthetician with over 30 years of experience in the skincare and beauty industry. She is a member of the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists, the Day Spa Association, an associate member of the Society of Dermatology Skincare Specialists, and an associate member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
• dermHA’s products were formulated with sensitive skin needs in mind and are free of fragrance, alcohol, lanolin, dyes, propylene glycol and mineral oil.
dermha.com
facebook/dermHA

8TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON

2014 EVENT DETAILS

WRC Leadership Luncheon

“Creating Your Path To Success”

Hyatt At The Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA

2014 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jami McKeonJami Wintz McKeon, Partner, Chair-elect of Morgan Lewis

Ms. McKeon is the first female to hold the position of Chair-elect in Morgan Lewis’ 140 year history and is one of only a handful of women leading international law firms today.

2014 EVENT EMCEE

Lynn DoyleLynn Doyle, Journalist

Lynn Doyle is a multi award-winning journalist and ten-time Emmy recipient with more than 30 years of television news experience.

2014 Honoree – Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes

Judge Renee HughestPrior to becoming the CEO of the American Red Cross of Southeastern PA on May 16, 2011, the Honorable Renée Cardwell Hughes served as a trial judge in the Court of Common Pleas, the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania which encompasses the City of Philadelphia.

2014 Business Leadership Award – Firstrust Bank

FirstTrust Bank
Founded in 1934 and currently in its third generation of family ownership, Firstrust is a privately-held bank with assets of $2.5 billion. Firstrust is a Small Business Administration (SBA) preferred lender, and provides both retail and commercial services through its 18 banking offices located in Bucks, Burlington, Lehigh, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

2014 Phebe Novakovic Award recipient – Ann McNally

Ann McNallyAnn McNally is founder and Managing Principal of ACM Advisors, LLC. Ann has been a dedicated volunteer for the WRC since 2002 and is currently a member of the Advisory Board and the Board Development Committee.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2014 SPONSORS FOR SUCH A SUCCESSFUL LUNCHEON

PLATINUM SPONSOR
Morgan Lewis

GOLD SPONSORS
Beneficial Bank
Comcast Business
dermHA & Skin Health Solution
Eastern University
Entrust Financial
Firstrust Bank
Fox Rothschild
Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
Phebe Novakovic
Susquehanna Bank
The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design
Wiley Group

SILVER SPONSORS
401 East Elm Alliance
5 Star Women
Aon Hewitt
AstraZeneca
Comcast NBC Universal
Cranberry Builders, Inc.
Endo
Eugene Potente
Genesis Employee Foundation
Glenmede Trust Company
Hermans International, LLC
Independence Blue Cross
Lynn Yeakel and the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership
Oi Global Partners
QVC
SB1 Federal Credit Union
Stephan Prichard and Nancy Moyer
VWR International

COPPER SPONSORS
AME Salon and Spa
Bryn Mawr Hospital
Cabrini College
DiversifiedSearch
Nolan Painting
Phebe Novakovic
Radian
RBC Wealth Management
Salveson Stetson Group, Inc.

BRONZE SPONSORS
Advantage Building & Facility Services
Aqua America
Arkema, Inc.
Bryn Mawr Periodontal Associates, Ltd.
Crozer Keystone Health System
Daly/Woody Law Firm
Deloitte, LLP
Express Data Systems, Inc.
Granny’s Helping Hands
Infectious Disease Associates at Crozier Chester Medical Ctr.
KAO Law Associates
Main Line Dermatology
O’Brien/Yanoshak Law Firm
Pentra
Radnor Consulting
Radnor Taxes
Reliance Standard Life Insurance
Restore Chiropractic
Susanna Foo
The Bryn Mawr Trust Wealth Management Division
Wilkie Lexus
Wolters Kluwer Health

7th Annual Leadership Luncheon

2013 Event Details

“Empowering Women On Their Journey”

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA 19102

2013 Honorees & Phebe Novakovic Award Winner

Phebe N. Novakovic, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at General Dynamics

Ahmeenah Young, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Martha Tavantzis, MSW, LCSW, Director of Treatment at St. Gabriel’s Hall

2013 Event Emcee

Neen James

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2013 SPONSORS FOR SUCH A SUCCESSFUL LUNCHEON

PLATINUM SPONSORS
March U.S. Consumer- MERCER
Phebe N. Novakovic

GOLD SPONSORS
Aetna
AON Hewitt
Blank Rome
Fidelity Corporate Services
Firstrust Bank
Innovative Management Development
Johnson, Kendall & Johnson Benefits, Inc.
Neen James Communications
Phebe & Michael Novakovic
QVC

BRONZE SPONSORS
AME Salon and Spa
Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc.
Cabrini College
Express Data Systemts, Inc.
Daly and Woody Law Firms
Juristaff, In.
Kassab, Archbold & O’Brien, LLP
Radiology Associates of the Main Line

SMALL BUSINESS SPONSORS
Law Offices of Tina Lawson
Mandy C. Rosenblum, Esq.
Vision 2020
Warren F. DeLong, Inc.
Wasik Consulting
Woodcock Washburn, LLP

CORPORATE TABLES
Collaborative Family Law Affiliates
Entrust Financial, LLC
Fox Rothchild LLP- Chester County
Independence Blue Cross
Lincoln Financial Group
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority
Phebe N. Novakovic
Sb1 Federal Credit Union
Towers Watson
VWR International

6th Annual Leadership Luncheon

2012 Event Details

“Inspiring Women to Discover Their Voice”

Emcee: Neen James

2012 Keynote Speaker

Lisa Scotolino – Bestselling, Edgar award-winning author of mysteries and non-fiction, and writer of the Philadelphia Inquirer column, Chick Wit. All attendees received a complimentary signed copy of her new novel, Come Home.

2012 Esteemed Guests and Honorees

Kim Woodworth – Phebe Novakovick Award Winner
Reneé Amoree – Honoree
Candace Keefe – Honoree

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2012 SPONSORS FOR SUCH A SUCCESSFUL LUNCHEON

EXECUTIVE SPONSORS
Comcast Spotlight – Comcast NBC10
Marsh U.S. – MERCER

AFFILIATE SPONSORS
Anonymous
Apriori Beauty
Blank Rome
dermHA & Skin Health Solutions
Fidelity Investments
Firstrust Bank
Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP
Neen James Communications
The Wiley Group

PARTNER SPONSORS
Aetna
Comprehensive Breast Center of Bryn Mawr Hospital
Entrust Financial, LLC
Gallagher Belmont Associates
Gola Corporate Real Estate, Inc.
Independence Blue Cross
Martha Bedeian
Mercy Health System of Southeast PA
Nolan Painting
QVC
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
Susquehanna Bank
UPS
WAWA
Woodcock Washburn LLP

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS
ANRO
Aqua Charitable Trust
Daly, Woody Law Firms
Express Data Systems, Inc.
Institute for Motivational Development of PA.PC
Kassab Archbold & O’Brien LLP
Kim Woodworth
Metrics3 Staffing, LLC
Phebe & Michael Novakovic
Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co.
TD Bank

SMALL BUSINESS SPONSORS
Just Chimneys
The MCS Group, Inc.
Tina Lawson, Esq.
Trinity Group
QLIKTECH, Inc.
Warren F. DeLong, Inc.

CORPORATE TABLES
Berner Klaw & Watson
Collaborative Family Law
Fox Rothschild LLP
Lauren Pires
Main Line Chamber of Commerce
Neen James Communications
Linda Stone
sb1 Federal Credit Union
The Leader’s Edge/Leadership By Design