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2019 Leadership Luncheon

Join WRC to celebrate women who are leading the way in helping other women, girls and families. Over the past eight years, the Leadership Luncheon has raised more than $778,000 for programs and services that directly impact women and girls in need.


DATE: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia

2019 Luncheon Committee

Celeste Powers, Chair

Ellie Barger, Chair Emeritus

Bernadette Braun, Keynote Coordinator

Christine Topping, Auction and Raffles Chair

Tiffany Weber, Communications Chair

Marina Zivik, Sponsorship Chair

2019 Keynote Speaker

Grace Killelea

CEO & Founder, The GKC Group

Grace Killelea is the CEO and Founder of the GKC Group, a firm offering leadership development programs to high potential women and men. To date, nearly 1000 participants have graduated from over 100 corporate partners.  In addition, Grace is a highly rated and in-demand keynote speaker for companies and conferences on the topics of confidence, leadership and resilience due to her expertise and her ability to captivate and motivate audiences.

An accomplished human resource and talent executive, Grace served as SVP of Talent at Comcast Cable Corporation, a Fortune 30 company. After a 30+ year career spanning retail, human resources and programming, Grace retired in 2012 to launch her firm.

Grace’s honors and awards include: “Wonder Woman” by Multichannel News; “Women on the Move” by CableFax’s; “Women in Power” by DiversityPlus magazine; and “Lucille Larkin Lifetime Achievement Award” by WICT Philadelphia Chapter. Since founding GKC Group, Grace has been awarded the SmartCEO Brava Award (2015), a 2016 Woman to Watch by PhillyBiz Magazine and honored with the “Smart, Bold, Strong” award by Girls Inc. of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (2016). In 2017, she spoke at TEDxPasadenaWomen on “Making the Jump – Year of No Fear”.

Grace earned her master’s degree in Human Resources from American University’s Kogod School of Business.  Grace’s book, “The Confidence Effect” [AMACOM], was listed as one of the top business books of 2016 by and listed as a top 10 best-seller for Women in Business on

TED Talk

2019 Mission in Action Award Recipient

Yasmine Mustafa is a social entrepreneur and community leader fueled by a passion to leverage technology for good. She’s the CEO of ROAR for Good, a certified B-corp with the mission of utilizing technology and education to create safer workplaces. Before that, she founded and sold her first company to a prominent content marketing firm in Silicon Valley. 

Yasmine brought Girl Develop It to Philadelphia, a non-profit providing affordable opportunities for women interested in learning software development. In addition, she sits on the board of Coded by Kids, a non-profit organization committed to providing free tech education to inner-city youth. 

She is a 2x TEDx speaker, discussing challenges she experienced migrating to the United States as a refugee and discovering she was undocumented. Her “Birth Lottery” talk highlights the challenges (and opportunities) inherent in each life.

BBC selected Yasmine as one of its 100 Women of 2016 due to her work in empowering women. She was also recognized as Upstart 100’s most dynamic people shaping business, Philadelphia Magazine’s Top 20 Best Philadelphian’s, Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2016 Tech Disruptors, Technologist of the Year by the Philly Geek Awards, and Innovator of the Year by Rad Girls. She is the recipient of the “Women of Courage” award from Lutheran Settlement House and “Visionary Leader” by the City of Philadelphia.  Yasmine graduated summa cum laude from Temple University with a Business Management Degree. 

2019 Event Emcee

Erin Coleman is an Emmy Award winning journalist who can currently be seen anchoring NBC10’s 5 o’clock evening newscasts.

She joined NBC10 in October 2016 and loves covering the region where she grew up. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Voorhees, New Jersey, Erin is passionate about telling stories and connecting with viewers.

“For me, being an anchor is about digging for the truth as well as being an integral part of the communities we serve,” she said.

Erin has worked in television for 17 years. Prior to joining NBC10, Erin was the 4 o’clock anchor at WSB-TV in Atlanta. She has also worked at WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina, WFMY in Greensboro, North Carolina, and KAIT in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She has received multiple awards during her career including two Emmy Awards and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award.

Erin graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She then went on to receive a Master of Science degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Erin has always been active in the community. She can often be found hosting charity galas, walks, breakfast and lunch events, as well as supporting multiple non-profit organizations across the country. Erin is a member of the Junior League of Philadelphia and the National Association of Black Journalists.

When Erin is not anchoring the news, she enjoys being with her family. A mother of two, she spends most of her time off-air with her young son, daughter, and husband. She also enjoys playing tennis, travelling, and getting lost in a good book.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Partner with WRC to provide resources and support to over 2,000 women and girls! Choose from one of six levels in order to provide hope, courage, and vision for women and girls facing difficult life transitions this year. All sponsors will receive recognition in our program, the WRC Annual Report, the event slide show and on our website.

For more information, download the sponsorship packet using the button below, or please contact Cheryl Brubaker, Executive Director, at 610-687-6415 or

Silent Auction

Come prepared to pamper yourself for a great cause! From spa treatments to one-of-a-kind gifts, the silent auction and raffle baskets range in value from $250 to $2000. This year, our silent auction will again take place online! Details coming soon.

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