Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tribute to Exceptional Women Set for March 29

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the YWCA Tri-County Area.

The achievements, leadership, and service of women in the Tri-County Area are in the spotlight this month as the YWCA Tri County Area presents its 23rd annual Tribute to Exceptional Women at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve in Phoenixville.

Marjorie Margolies, a longtime activist for women’s empowerment, is the keynote speaker. Ms. Margolies is the founder and president of Women’s Campaign International, an organization working worldwide to help women in developing nations transform communities through political and civic leadership and economic empowerment. She represented Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993-95, where she served on the House committees on energy and commerce, on small business, and on government operations. She served as director of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. She is a former broadcast journalist, winning five Emmy awards as a reporter with NBC.

Tickets to this annual event are available online by visiting:

The 23rd annual Tribute to Exceptional Women recognizes women for their ability to lead by example, embrace community responsibility, and excel in their careers. YWCA Tri-County Area has been proud to provide this opportunity for the community to recognize and celebrate the exceptional contributions made by women in the Tri-County and surrounding areas.

Community members nominate women for their achievements in leadership, service, and career in the following categories: Arts, Business, Education, Health, Racial Justice, Non-Profit, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the Rising Star Award for women 18-30, the Coretta Scott King Award for an agent of change, and Sally Lee Lifetime Achievement Award.

The evening will begin with cocktails and bidding on silent auction items from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with dinner, the keynote speaker, and presentation of awards to follow. The evening will end with the announcement of the silent auction winners at 9 p.m.

Proceeds from Tribute to Exceptional Women will support YWCA Tri-County Area’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YW3CA educates children, youth, families, and communities through programming that empowers individuals to learn and grow throughout the lifespan, providing the foundation for a healthy and thriving community; and advocates for racial and social justice, empowerment and economic advancement and women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.

Nominees for the 2018 Tribute to Exceptional Women are:
  • Erica Batdorf, Township Manager, West Vincent Township
  • Jannie Brant, retired pastor, Church of the Living God
  • Alicia Alexander Cadogan, Ph.D, Director of Medical Information, Pfizer
  • Carmen Davenport-Bright, Director of Teen Programs, Delta Community Supports
  • Bonny Susanne Davis , Treasurer, Springfield Township
  • Deesha Dyer, Executive Director,
  • Lacee Ecker, Assistant General Counsel, American Eagle Outfitters 
  • Lizette Epps, Senior Corporate Buyer, Carpenter Technology Corp. 
  • Linda Fields, Candidate, Pa. State Senate 
  • Elaine Gonzalez-Johnson, Executive Director, Latinas in Motion 
  • Tracy Heebner, Owner, Salon Twenty-Two and Spa
  • Joni Helton, Executive Director, Next Level Sports 
  • Keriann Herdelin, Executive Director, Greater Pottstown Tennis and Learning
  • Kerry Krieger, Director of Family Services, Delta Community Supports 
  • Marissa LoCascio, Senior Vice President and Director of Operations, 1031 Corp. 
  • Dr. Lori Lorant-Tobias, Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Pottstown Hospital 
  • Catherine Oskowiak, Executive Director, Foster Angels on Earth
  • Ashley Pierce, Vice President, East Coventry PTA
  • Eunice Rome, Receptionist/Assistant, YWCA Tri-County Area 
  • Amanda Snyder, Co-Owner, Virtual Essense Hair Design
  • Stephanie Steigerwalt, Co-Owner, Virtual Essense Hair Design
  • Shelly Stockmal, Victory Community Leader, Victory Bank 
  • Adrean Turner, Owner, Turner Coaching Training and Consulting 
  • Jennifer Van Ingen, Operations Manager, Family Caregivers Network 
  • Elise Weinstein, teacher, Newtown Elementary School/Council Rock School District
  • Elisabeth Yoder, art teacher, Pottstown High School

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