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Women of Influence Awards

Event Date: May 10, 2023

Nominations Deadline: February 3, 2023

Women of Influence identifies high-achieving women for their tremendous career accomplishments. The Women of Influence honorees are selected based on professional experience, community involvement and a commitment to mentoring.  In addition to our Women of Influence awards, we will also be honoring Women to Watch, who are women under the age of 35, and The Circle of Excellence who are women of longstanding, notable success in the community and are leading the way for other women.

Nominate for 2023!

For questions, please contact our events team at [email protected]

 


When

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where

DeSales University – University Center
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA

The Lehigh Valley Business Women of Influence awards recognize high-achieving women who are making a positive impact through leadership, community service and mentoring. This year LVB also will recognize Women to Watch – honoring women leaders, age 35 or younger, who are stepping up to help shape the Lehigh Valley area of tomorrow through professional success and a commitment to making a positive impact on the community.

Circle of Excellence honorees are women of longstanding, notable success in the community who are leading the way for other women. These women are selected by the LVB editorial board.

Who should be nominated?

You know and admire her. She’s the woman who never fails to exceed expectations – at work and beyond. No matter how many tasks she juggles, she makes it look easy. She always makes time to mentor others and creates a picture of what’s possible by leading by example.

Don’t miss this chance to recognize her for her inspirational leadership and extraordinary accomplishments – nominate her for LVB Women of Influence or Women to Watch!

To qualify for this honor, nominees must:

  • Be currently employed in any of the following counties: Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Lower Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Upper Bucks, Schuylkill or Warren.
  • Complete an online application, after being nominated, in order to complete the decision-making process.

For questions about nominations, please contact our events team at [email protected].

Nomination cost: $20

2023 Women of Influence Nomination

  • Please list the nominee's email address, not the email address of the individual filling out the form.
  • Once the nomination form is submitted, an email will be sent to your nominee with the application link. The application must be completed to be considered for Wome of Influence.
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The Lehigh Valley Business Journal is proud to present its Women of Influence for 2022. These high-achieving honorees have been selected based on tremendous professional accomplishments, community involvement and a commitment to mentoring. In addition to our Women of Influence awards, to be presented May 4, we will also be honoring Women to Watch, who are women under the age of 35, and The Circle of Excellence, who are women of longstanding, notable success in the community and are leading the way for other women. Congratulations to all of the honorees.

Women of Influence

 

Jane Amato

Peoples Security Bank and Trust Co.

 

Alexis Berg-Townsend

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo

 

Karley Biggs Sebia

King, Spry, Herman, Freund, & Faul LLC

 

Melody Bradford

PBS39

 

Jaclyn Cornelius, CFP(R), EA

Valley National Financial Advisors

 

Valerie J. Downing, MBA

Cedar Crest College

 

Kristi Gage-Linderman

Gage Personnel Staffing & Professional Solutions

 

Fiona K. Geiger

Yourway Transport

 

Audra J. Kahr

Cedar Crest College

 

Laura Long

Fellowship Community

 

Suzanne Mattaboni

Suzanne Mattaboni Communications

 

Shelly McCafferty

Lehigh Valley Health Network

 

Nicole Mehta McGalla

Parkland School District

 

Wendy Moyer-Drabick

Moyer-Drabick & Associates Ltd.

 

Marybeth Olree

Herbein + Company Inc.

 

Deborah Perini

Members 1st Federal Credit Union

 

Christine Prantow

Hyatt Place Hyatt House Allentown / Aster Event Center

 

Julie Profilet-Saucier

KCBA Architects

 

Rayne Reitnauer

Cold Nose Lodge

 

Dinoli Rowlands

PNC Bank

 

Rebecca Shugar

M&T Bank

 

Tara S. Silfies

HMK Insurance

 

Amy Steigerwalt

OraSure Technologies

 

Shari VanderGast, JD, L.C.S.W

Diakon

 

Gina M. Vary

Spillman Farmer Architects

 

Dr. Samantha J. Wesner

Albright College

 

Denise R. Woodworth, MBA

Populytics, Lehigh Valley Health Network

 

Michelle Zenie

Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley

 

Women to Watch

 

Sarah Hart Charette

Gross McGinley LLP

 

Kendal Conrad

Singer/Songwriter

 

Allison Dolan

Da Vinci Science Center

 

Megan Henry

MKSD Architects

 

Kayla Knittel P.E.

Duke Realty

 

Miki Sankary

U.S.-Japan Council

 

Lauren Wieser

Concannon Miller

 

Circle of Excellence

 

Candace Christy Hickey P.E.

Barry Isett & Associates, Inc.

 

Joanne M. Judge Esq.

Stevens & Lee

 

Debra L. Powell, M.D.

Tower Health Reading Hospital

 

Florence Rhue

The Salvation Army

2021 Honorees

Women of Influence

Lina Barbieri

Associate Vice President, Annual Giving, DeSales University

 

Carmen A. Bell

Director, Healthy Aging, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

 

Angela Gehman Berkosky

Chief Investment Officer, Domani Wealth

 

Ikhlas Darkhalil

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Integration Officer, Lehigh Valley Hospital System

 

Maria Esposito

Vice President of Advancement, Communities In Schools of Eastern Pennsylvania

 

Debbi Fetter

Partner, Financial Outsourcing Solutions

 

Carmen A. Flosdorf

Vice President, Commercial Lending Officer, Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company

 

Mimi Griffin

President & Founder, MSG Promotions, Inc.

 

Jane Heft

VP, Director of Project Design, City Center Allentown

 

Danielle M. Joseph

Executive Vice President, Diversity Councils, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce

 

Lisa A. Luciano

Vice President, Commercial Lending, American Bank

 

Francine Marz

Culinary Director, Northampton Community College

 

Mary Kay McMahon

President and CEO, Fellowship Community

 

Maureen Michael

Chief Administrative Officer, Da Vinci Science Center

 

Angela Nolan

Chief Operating Officer, Vistacom Inc.

 

Jessica O’Donnell

EVP, Affiliated Chambers, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce

 

Lisa Oliver

Life Safety Advisor, Keystone Fire Protection

 

Lisa Pektor

President, PennCap Properties

 

Kellie Rahl-Heffner

Partner, Gross McGinley, LLP

 

Kim Rompilla

Executive Vice President, Global Marketing, Development & Activation, Crayola, LLC

 

Ashlee Scavazzo

Store Manager, The Giant Company

 

Maraleen D. Shields

Shareholder & Attorney, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.

 

Jodie Stetz SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President of Human Resources, Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group, Inc.

 

Katie Suppes, M. Ed.

Director of Programs, Research, & Evaluation, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

 

Irene Titus

General Manager, Elek Plumbing

 

Sarah Trimmer

General Manager & Director of Sales, The Sayre Mansion Inn

 

Heather Walbridge

VP, Relationship Manager, NCR Payroll & HR Solutions

 

Jennifer Walls

Director, Operations Programs and Integration, Buckeye Partners, LP

 

Susan Worobec

Area Manager AVP, Unity Bank

 

Angela Zanelli

VP Policy and Advocacy, Lehigh Valley Public Media

 

Women to Watch

Jessica Elliott

Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley

 

Staci Saeger

Director of Marketing, NAI Summit

 

Paola Gaitan

Vice President, Senior Branch Manager, M&T Bank

 

Circle of Excellence

Dawn J. Anuszkiewicz

Chief Operating Officer, Reading Hospital

 

Ranju Gupta, MD

Medical Oncologist with specialization in Breast Cancer, Lehigh Valley Health Network

 

Judith A.  Harris, Esq.

Equity Member, Co-Chair, Estate Trust and Tax Group, Norris McLaughlin

 

Christina “Tori” Morgan

Commissioner, South Whitehall Township

 

Jeane M. Vidoni

President & CEO, Penn Community Bank

 

Rebecca A. Young, Esq.

Partner, King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC.

 

2020 Honorees

Women of Influence

Mary Agnew, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Tower Health, Reading Hospital

 

Alisa Baratta

 Third Street Alliance

 

Qiana L. Cressman 

Miller-Keystone Blood Center

 

Catherine (Kate) Durso 

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. I.G.

 

Joni Elekes

J.G. Petrucci Company

 

Mary Evans  

Evans Wealth Strategies

 

Mary Ann Falk

 DeSales University

 

Carrie L. Fellon, CFP 

Agili

 

Cheri H. Freeh, CPA, CGMA

 Hutchinson, Gilahan & Freeh, PC

 

Rochelle Grey

 

Abigail Gross

Gross Law Office

 

Laurie Grube 

Riverview Bank

 

Carol R. Halper 

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

 

Denise J. Hozza

Concannon Miller

 

Alneasa Jordan

 

Kimberly G. Krupka 

Gross McGinley, LLP

 

Kimberli B. Kyra, PHR 

Barry Isett & Associates, Inc.

 

Michelle L. Landis 

Pinnacle 7, Inc.

 

Val Lewis 

BSI Corporate Benefits, LLC

 

Katrina Marshall 

Artistic Toys & Promotions

 

Sarah O’Steen 

KingSpry Law Offices

 

Corrine Post

 Lehigh University

 

Fiorella R. Mirabito

 Borough of Bath

 

Melissa Siegfried 

St. Luke’s University Health Network

 

Abby M. Silfies 

American Heart Association

 

Karen Smith 

Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley

 

Tracy Smith 

Parkland School District

 

Women to Watch

Kelly Chando 

St Luke’s University Health Network

 

Missy Hartney 

The Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation

 

Alejandra “Allie” McGinley-Sepulveda 

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

 

Circle of Excellence

Catherine Bailey Rea.

Deeming dba Beauty Blender

 

Anne Baum 

Capital BlueCross

 

Lin Erickson 

DaVinci Science Center

 

Dr. Tina Q. Richardson 

Penn State University Lehigh Valley

 

Laurie Siebert, CPA, CFP, AEP 

Valley National Financial Advisors

How can I be considered for the Women of Influence award?

Nominations can be made by anyone, including yourself. An application is automatically emailed to all nominees and must be completed in order to be considered for this award. A letter of recommendation is not required, but is strongly encouraged to assist the judges in making their decision.

To be eligible, applicants must live in or work in either Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, lower Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, upper Bucks, Schuylkill or Warren County.

How often can I be considered? 

Women can be honored every other year but not two consecutive years.

Who are the judges and what are they looking for when selecting the Women of Influence?

A panel of judges consisting of business professionals and past winners from across Pennsylvania select the Women of Influence. It is essential that the candidate prove a combination of excelling at all three levels–professionally, in the community and with mentoring. It is helpful to have at least one letter of recommendation from someone that can speak to all three of these achievements.

Do the judges evaluate differently for the Circle of Excellence?

The Circle of Excellence honorees are women of longstanding, notable success in the community and are leading the way for other women that are selected by the judges.

Where do I have to live to qualify for this award? 

You must live or work in one of the following counties: Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, lower Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, upper Bucks, Schuylkill or Warren.

Should I have a letter of recommendation sent?

Past judges have told us that the letter(s) of recommendation is helpful particularly when they are not familiar with the candidate. Up to 3 letters of recommendations can be emailed to [email protected]. Please save all letters of recommendation as PDFs labeled with your name (or organization) led by the category or event you are being nominated for. The letter will be paired to your application when it is received.

Do the winners have to say something?

Winners do not speak live during the event, but will be contacted to be profiled in a multi-media video that will be aired during the event. 

I’m a Women of Influence award winner, what now? 

Sit tight, a member of our team will contact you soon with any additional details.

If I’m a winner, do I need to purchase a ticket?

You do not need to purchase a ticket for yourself as an honoree. All other attendees must purchase a ticket. Sponsorship packages are available to purchase for those wanting large groups of tickets and additional benefits.

Can I buy an ad in the publication?

The Women of Influence program is supported through sponsorships. The ads you see in the magazine are part of the sponsorship packages. Please email [email protected].

I bought a ticket but I don’t see it? 

Remember, tickets can only be opened on one device, if you open it on your phone but then try to open it on your computer it will not work. 

Remember, tickets can only be opened on one device, if you open it on your phone but then try to open it on your computer it will not work.

Contact [email protected] if you have any questions

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