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  • Friday, February 16, 2018 8:00 AM | Jamie Haynes

    Professional Women’s Roundtable is seeking an Officer-At-Large to sit on the Board of Directors and support its various committees with initiatives that reinforce the mission of the organization.

    To apply, please download and review the position description and the Board of Directors application below. Submit your completed application to


    PWR Board of Directors Application.doc

  • Sunday, October 01, 2017 8:00 AM | Jamie Haynes

    PWR Announces 15th Annual Anniversary Event

    PHILADELPHIA – October 1, 2017 – Professional Women’s Roundtable announced today it will present the PoWeR Award to Patrice Banks at its 15th Annual Anniversary Event on November 2, 2017. The event will take place at the offices of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP at 123 South Broad Street, 28th floor, from 5:30 - 8:00pm.

    Every year, the PoWeR award is presented to a trailblazing woman, or group of women, in the Philadelphia community who has made significant contributions to the community by serving as a role model for emerging female business leaders. Recent honorees include Nellie Fitzpatrick, City Director of LGBT Affairs, and antipoverty advocate Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

    Banks is an entrepreneur and owner of Girls Auto Clinic, a female empowerment company that caters to women by offering automotive buying and repair services based on trust, education and inclusion. Once a self-proclaimed “auto air-head,” Banks took her engineering degree, became a certified automotive technician and created a community of sheCANics. In addition to her award-winning shop and monthly workshops, Banks has released a book entitled “The Glove Box Guide” which encourages women to take control of the wheel so they never feel mistreated, misunderstood, or taken advantage of again. It provides readers with answers to all their common car questions through DIY instructions, tips, and illustrations.

    “The Glove Box Guide” will be available to purchase and Banks will sign copies at the event. Learn more and register on PWR’s website.

    PWR’s anniversary event is sponsored by Comcast; Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP; Reilly, Janiczek, McDevitt, Henrich & Cholden P.C.; Little Black Dress Wines and Essential Properties.

  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 8:00 PM | Jamie Haynes
    Professional Women’s Roundtable has announced officers and board members for the term beginning in July 2017. They are:



    Beth Lawrence, President

    Beth is Northeast Marking Manager for Snap Kitchen, where she facilitates all regional marketing, partnerships, and catering and is helping to launch the brand's stores in the Philadelphia region.  A founding member of Party Partners of Philadelphia, Beth's background is in catering, marketing and social media for restaurants and venues including Dave & Buster's, Brulee Catering and The Palm. Beth has also served as Silent Auction Co-Chair for the 2014 and 2015 Human Rights Campaign Galas, as well as 2015 and 2016 Campaign Manager and 2017 Candidate for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Woman of the Year. Beth graduated from Arcadia University with an individualized concentration B.A. in Event Planning.

    Leslie Cano, Vice President

    Leslie is a Senior Business Analyst in the area of Corporate Analytics at Freedom Mortgage Corporation, a privately held full-service lender. In this role she is responsible for implementing a risk-based continuous internal audit plan based on best practices in Enterprise Risk Management, and she provides consulting services to the organization's management and staff. She has over 10 years of experience in finance and ERM, including global and national arenas in energy, legal services, banking, education, and tourism/hospitality industries. Leslie earned her B.S. in Finance from the University of Akron and her MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.

    Christine Topping, Treasurer

    Christine is an advisor with MassMutual, where she delivers products and strategies designed to meet clients' current and future needs. She prides herself on getting to know each client so that she can understand their individual financial priorities. She is passionate about supporting organizations that empower women and is a member of the Young Friends of the PA Ballet. Christine graduated from Stockton University with a B.S in Finance and a minor in Economics.

    Kelly Collins, Secretary, Organizational Continuity Chair

    Kelly is a marketing and event planning professional with Muhlenhaupt and Company, where she serves as Digital Content Manager. Kelly's career has taken her to many corners of the City of Brotherly Love in industries including healthcare, technology and hospitality. She enjoys staying active in the community and has volunteered on event production teams including The World Meeting of Families, Alex's Lemonade Stand and The Pennsylvania Women's Conference. Kelly received a B.A. in Communications from York College of Pennsylvania.


    Dawn Bundick, Events Chair

    Dawn Bundick serves as Senior Sales & Marketing Manager and Regional Support for the Hard Rock Cafe’s North America East Cafes. She handles events ranging from 50 to 700 people, creating authentic experiences for conventioneers, visitors and locals. Dawn has over 25 years of Customer Service and Hospitality experience and is a founding member of Party Partners of Philadelphia. She began her career in 1988 at Strawbridge & Clothier and transitioned to hospitality in 2000.

    Cherise Wynne, Diversity & Inclusion Chair

    Cherise is a former chemist-now-realtor with Coldwell Banker Preferred, and is known in the real estate industry as "Agent Lady." Cherise provides home buying and selling services all across Philadelphia. Her focus is working with first-time home buyers in Center City and surrounding areas. Cherise's passion for real estate goes far beyond just closing deals, and is shown by becoming a personal resource to all her clients. Cherise received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at West Chester University and became a licensed realtor after attending Temple Real Estate School.

    Nicole Morgenstern, Social Media Chair

    Nicole Morgenstern is Director of Sales for SPiN Philadelphia, Center City’s first ping pong social club. She has more than 14 years of diverse experience in sales, marketing and event planning, including serving as a buyer at Destination Maternity, a personal stylist & Marketing Manager at Saks Fifth Avenue and Sales & Marketing Manager of Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse. She is a founding member of Party Partners of Philadelphia and has created and launched her own boutique photo experience company, CliqueCam, in the Philadelphia region. Nicole holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Philadelphia University.

    Jamie Kloss, PR & Communications Chair

    Jamie is a content marketing specialist with Braithwaite Communications, an independent marketing, branding and public relations firm in Center City. In her current role, Jamie develops internal and external communications strategies for clients in the pharmaceutical, financial services and nonprofit sectors. Jamie began her career at a New York-based PR firm, where she managed public relations activities and strategy for clients in the commercial banking, financial technology, and insurance industries. She graduated from Quinnipiac University with a B.A. in Public Relations.

    Mara Smith, Sponsorship Chair

    Mara is a 2017 graduate from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where she completed a Health Law concentration. In September 2017, Mara will join the law firm Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads, LLP. During law school, Mara worked for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals where she specialized in HIPAA-related compliance work. She is a writer for's Health Cents blog and is active in the Philadelphia Jesuit Community and with her alma mater, The University of Scranton, where she majored in International Business and completed minors in Spanish and Philosophy.

    Kiran Beg, Members-Only Events Chair

    Kiran is an experienced financial advisor at McAdam Financial with deep roots in the Philadelphia community. In her practice, Kiran’s core areas of focus are strategies for high net worth individuals involving advanced tax reduction, retirement investment planning, and multi-generational wealth transfer. Kiran is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist™ and continually works as a fiduciary for her clients. Kiran graduated from The University of Pennsylvania, majoring in political science with a concentration in international relations.

    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

  • Friday, May 12, 2017 9:00 AM | Jamie Haynes

    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."


    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. 


    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.


    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.”


    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.


    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.


    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 Haynes

    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 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 Haynes

    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


    $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


    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:


  • Wednesday, September 07, 2016 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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:

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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:


    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.


    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


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