POWER leaders know, live and breathe the POWER mission—advance the influence of women as leaders and help develop the next generation of leaders to create a no limits work environment for women. It is not in an esoteric or abstract goal. It is descriptive, clear and understandable, based on their own experiences, their own career opportunities and obstacles, their own paths to positions of leadership. Each brings a perspective of the POWER vision that members can identify with and strive to realize.
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Terry D’Alessandro, Chair
With a successful 35 year career in the financial services, Terry has the proven track record and outstanding reputation in the Greater Philadelphia banking community to lead Firstrust’s 18-branch retail network.
Terry began her banking career a teller at Main Line Federal Savings & Loan Association, which eventually became Main Line Bank. She spent nearly 25 years with Main Line Bank, where she was Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Administration when it was acquired by Sovereign Bank in 1997. At Sovereign, Terry held numerous positions, most recently as Executive Vice President-Senior Market Executive for the Mid-Atlantic region and Market Chief Executive Officer for the Philadelphia Market. In that role, she successfully managed a team of commercial bankers and business bankers in addition to the retail branches.
A recognized leader in the business and non-profit communities, in 2009 Terry received the United Way Women Caring About What Matters award, in 2007 the prestigious Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Paradigm Award, and in 2005 was recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal as a Women of Distinction. She has served on several boards including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, MidAtlantic Employers Association, Center City District, Forum of Executive Women, World Affairs Council, Main Line Chamber of Commerce, and Board Chair of the United Way of Southeastern Pa. Currently, Terry is a member of the Comcast and NBC Universal Women’s Diversity Advisory Council and Board Chair of the Forum of Executive Women Foundation.
Robin F. Bond, Esq., Vice Chair
Robin F. Bond, Esquire, is a dynamic and versatile attorney with substantial and wide-ranging experience as a corporate counsel, private practitioner and entrepreneur. She is the founder of the Philadelphia law firm Transition Strategies, LLC, and a recognized authority on employment law matters. She has represented over 3,000 senior level executives in the negotiation of employment, severance, equity and noncompete matters. Robin is the author of How to Negotiate a Killer Job Offer, and for over 10 years has been a contributing legal analyst and expert commentator for major television network business and news programs, magazines and newspapers. Her credits include CNN, FOX, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Careerbuilder.com, Philadelphia Business Journal, Time, Forbes and US News and World Report.
Robin’s honors include her selection as The Top Employment Lawyer of Philadelphia’s Main Line for 2014 and 2015, the recipient of the 2015 HR Consultant of the Year award, and being named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for employment law from 2013 through the present. Robin received Philadelphia's prestigious Women of Distinction Award in recognition of both her civic contributions and her professional achievements.Robin served on PNC Bank Women’s Advisory Board and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Forum of Executive Women.
Robin’s career includes service with the Air Force as an attorney and legal advisor to the Air Force Surgeon General’s Staff, in-house legal counsel for Hahnemann University Hospital, and several other in-house legal positions focusing on corporate transactions.
Ms. Bond is distinguished by her talent for communicating about legal issues in an understandable and accessible manner, and gaining closure where it has proven elusive. She is highly regarded for her business savvy, top-notch communications talent, can do attitude, excellent people skills, active community service profile, and strong leadership qualities that have earned her the respect and trust of clients, colleagues and adversaries.
Eileen Connolly-Robbins, CEO
Eileen Connolly-Robbins is the Chief Executive Officer of The POWER of Professional Women, a not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to increase the influence of women leaders and help develop the next generation of leaders through collaboration and social responsibility.
POWER advocates investing in Philadelphia-area communities and bringing attention to the needs of non-profits and Veteran Organizations in this area, too. Its POWER Events feature well-known speakers addressing topics of concern to professionals – men and women -- of all ages and industries.
Prior to launching POWER, Connolly-Robbins was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce and Founder of the Society of Professional Women (SPW). Under her management, SPW grew to over 5,000 members, was named the largest networking group in the Greater Philadelphia Region, and was recognized for its leadership programming. Also, thousands of dollars and much needed items were donated to the areas non-profits, such as books, diapers, pillows, food, warm clothing, etc.
Previously, Connolly-Robbins served in leadership positions for two Fortune 500 companies, where she managed international operations with multi-billion budgets and demonstrated her strengths in revenue production, negotiation skills and brand building. She also owned her own business which was recognized for its innovative use of internet marketing and sales. Her company invested in the community by initiating and sponsoring the Challenger Team for disabled children for many years, which continues today.
Connolly-Robbins is a committed mentor and sponsor who has helped countless women and men make critical connections to succeed. She received multiple business and women’s leadership awards including the 2016 March of Dimes Business Excellence Award. She is a Regional Delegate for the National Equality Vision 2020 Program, Advisory Board Member for the Women’s Resource Center, Treasurer of the Main Line Chamber Foundation, and a member of the Forum of Executive Women, among other associations.
Amy Frazier, Treasurer,
Amy Frazier is the Marketing and Sales Leader for the Philadelphia Metro practice of PwC. In this role, Amy is responsible for overseeing PwC's relationship efforts with clients, identifying opportunities to deliver value to our clients through thought leadership and other programs that are focused on broader needs and business issues and the growth agenda in the Philadelphia Metro marketplace. Amy is also responsible for overseeing PwC's community relations activities identifying opportunities for our Partners and our people to become actively engaged in giving back to the community.She is a coach and facilitator of working sessions with clients and teams assisting them with strategic and tactical implementation plan development. She is also an experienced trainer for the firm teaching professional development sessions particularly around relationship development.
Amy's background includes extensive experience with PwC's Assurance practice, including serving large multi-national public and private companies with a concentration in the banking and healthcare industries. She has also served as the Operations Leader for PwC's US Firm's Business Development function and various other sales leadership related roles for the Firm.
Amy graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) with a BS in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is actively engaged in the Philadelphia community as a member of the Advisory Committee and immediate Past Chair of the United Way of South Eastern Pennsylvania's Women's Initiative and a member of the Campaign Cabinet, serves Advisory Board member and past vice-chair for the Main Line Chamber's Society of Professional Women, a past member of the American Red Cross's Go Red for Women Executive and Corporate Leadership Team (CLT), including the past co-chair of the CLT and a past member of the Board of the Women's Law Project. Amy is also a member of the Forum for Executive Women of Philadelphia, the Chair of the Connectors Committee and Treasurer of the newly established Power of Professional Women organization.
Amy was the 2012 recipient of the Main Line Chamber's F. Karl Schauffele Community Service Award and the 2013 Alice Paul Award.Amy is a graduate of the Philadelphia Leadership, Inc. program and has also received the Alumni Ambassador award from her alma mater IUP.
Reneé Amoore is an innovative, award-winning business woman known in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Born in Bryn Mawr, PA and raised in a working class family, Amoore is a role model for anyone looking to make an impact in the fields of business, healthcare, civil rights, or politics.
An advocate of clinically-appropriate and cost effective alternatives to expensive healthcare, Amoore began her foray into the medical field as a registered nurse at Harlem Hospital School of Nursing. She earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Antioch University. In 1996 Amoore started her own company that consists of three divisions under the parent corporation, The Amoore Group (TAG). The divisions of TAG provide diverse services, such as: PR/ marketing, government relations, health care consulting, job creation, education, workplace diversity, and early intervention/allied health services.
Amoore was the first African American elected to the Upper Merion School District, served as the board’s vice president for four years. A Republican strategist for Fox News, CNN and local Philadelphia stations. She currently has a radio show, “Real Clear”. She sits on numerous boards and serves as a Drexel University Trustee, and is the Chair of the Joint Board at Saints Memorial Baptist Church.
Amoore’s latest project is a new book, The Elevator of Achievement: Determination Requires a Choice, in which she demonstrates how women can move up the corporate ladder by shaping their own attitudes about success, prejudice, oppression, equality, business, and leadership.
Molly Mullady Arbogast is a sports marketing expert with more than 24 years of experience on the team/property side of the business. She has negotiated and executed more than $185M in sports sponsorship contracts. Her firm specializes in working with brands to structure effective sports sponsorship strategies that will exceed objectives and deliver sales results. With her unique perspective coming from the selling side of sports, she understands the nuances of the industry and can provide invaluable insight during the development, negotiation and management of sports partnerships. She is passionate about creating a 360-approach for brands utilizing digital, social, game day activation, media, signage and year-round marketing initiatives that drive real engagement.
Over her sports career, Molly has worked in corporate sponsorship development for the Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field, Learfield Sports, WNBA, Palace Sports & Entertainment (Detroit Pistons, Detroit Vipers, Detroit Shock, DTE Music Theatre) and International Management Group (IMG) in Latin America.
Arbogast graduated with honors from St. Lawrence University in 1991 with a double major in Government and Spanish. The Chicago native resides in Wayne, Pennsylvania with her husband Craig and two sons, Jack and Luke. She is a proud supporter of POWER and Special Olympics Pennsylvania.
Greg Basie is a Senior Regional Sales Manager at Comcast Business, leading a team of successful salespeople in the Philadelphia region. Greg joined Comcast Business in 2008 and has advanced into more senior roles during his tenure. Greg is a well-known innovator in sales effectiveness and development of his team.
Greg has an extensive background in sales and marketing, as a business owner and sales leader in the cellular phone business. Prior to joining Comcast, Greg owned and led a multi-unit retail cellular phone business, TPG Wireless Inc . Previously, Greg was a partner with the Providence Group, providing consulting services to the wireless industry. He also led sales at Quintex, where he managed 17 locations in the Mid-Atlantic Region, as the Director of Sales.During Greg’s time at Quintex, he grew the indirect channel by 300% over an 8-year period.
Greg has served on the advisory board of the Society of Professional Women (SPW) for several years, helping to advance women’s business interests and careers. He recently joined the board of the Wayne Business Association and is a member of the Center City Proprietors Association of Philadelphia. He is a top connector of people in the Philadelphia and Main Line area.
Greg was a producer and played a principal role in the recently released movie “Back in the Day” with Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover, Michael Madsen, Mike Tyson, Shannen Doherty, Annabella Sciorra and William DeMeo.
Greg attended Temple University where he studied business.He resides in Radnor, PA with his wife and enjoys cooking, music, acting and producing.
Michael J. Buongiorno
Mike Buongiorno is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Main Line Health. Buongiorno is responsible for all aspects of financial and treasury matters for Main Line Health’s operations and subsidiaries with annual revenues of $1.7 billion. He has direct responsibility for the system’s consolidated business offices, patient access, health information management, supply chain, bio-medical engineering, general finance, external reporting and taxes. He has led the system’s Organizational Effectiveness and Performance Improvement initiatives which have eliminated over $100 million in operating costs. Buongiorno joined Main Line Health in 1994 as the Regional Chief Financial Officer of Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital and Paoli Hospital – responsible for the system’s Western operations. He co-led the system’s efforts in 1995 to consolidate the back office functions of the finance departments creating the foundation for the current shared services model across Main Line Health. In 1997, he was named Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Main Line Health. From 2003 to 2005, he also served as the interim CEO of Main Line Health until Jack Lynch joined the system as CEO. Buongiorno also serves as the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for the Lankenau Medical Center Foundation.
Buongiorno started his career at Coopers & Lybrand in Philadelphia. As a certified public accountant, his career focused on providing a broad range of accounting and auditing services, as well as significant Mergers & Acquisitions work to manufacturing, healthcare and oil and gas clients. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Pennsylvania Certified Public Accountants.
Buongiorno serves on the Boards of Community Volunteers in Medicine, Dunwoody Village, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Harcum College and the Main Line Chamber of Commerce.
Elizabeth Convery is the founder of VERY Real Estate, a boutique real estate brokerage firm that focuses on residential real estate sales and advisory in Philadelphia’s premier neighborhoods, while providing clients with tailored, thoughtful service grounded in the principals of hospitality. Prior to launching this venture in mid-2013, Elizabeth was an Associate at Jones Lang LaSalle’s Hotel & Hospitality Group. At the firm, she had the opportunity to work on nearly $1 billion of hotel sales in key US markets, including the sale of New York’s iconic Essex House, which won the 2012 Transaction of the Year award at ALIS. Previously, Elizabeth was an Associate on the Acquisitions team of Grosvenor Investment Management where she was responsible for investing institutional capital across property types and US markets. She began her career in commercial real estate as an analyst in the valuation practice of Duff & Phelps LLC. Elizabeth presently serves as the Vice President of the Cornell Real Estate Council. She is a Board Member of the St. Joseph’s University Real Estate and Construction Alumni Chapter, a member of the Young Board Leaders (YBL) of Philabundance and a member of St. Joseph’s University’s Women’s Leadership Council. Additionally, she is a founding member of the Signature Alliance Speaker Series (SASS), a networking group of millennial leaders in Philadelphia. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in finance and economics from St. Joseph’s University and a Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University.
Ms. Fernandez is Senior Vice President and Philadelphia market Leader for Customers Bank, a community-based, full-service bank with assets of $8.4 billion that provides a full range of banking services to small- and medium-sized businesses, professionals, individuals and families. Ms. Fernandez leads a talented team of experienced professionals who together deliver commercial and personal banking products to the Philadelphia market.
Prior to joining Customers Bank, Ms. Fernandez served as CEO to the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where she helped achieve record levels of membership, revenues and member-driven activities through the implementation of new strategies and programs. Under Ms. Fernandez’s leadership the GPHCC created a voice for Hispanic business in the region by developing a programmatic strategy that helps build on the small business, professional and corporate Hispanic markets by focusing on market and leadership growth.
Ms. Fernandez has over fifteen years of senior management expertise across industries including, not-for-profit, information technology, venture capital, commercial lending and ecommerce. For the past thirteen years, Ms. Fernandez worked in the not for profit sector where she has been recognized for her work to maximize government and corporate relations as an advocate of the Latino community.
Ms. Fernandez serves on various boards and commissions including Comcast Joint Diversity Council, Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Rosemont College and most recently served as chair to the Community College of Philadelphia Board of Trustees, the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission and the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperative Authority.
With more than 20 years of experience working for large Pennsylvania insurance companies, Michelle Goglia brings a broad range of experience to her position as Vice President of Sales and Account Management at UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania & Delaware. Goglia specializes in new business development and client retention for large employers.
Goglia is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters and is on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Health Underwriters Association. Goglia also earned an industry designation from the Health Insurance Association of America. Goglia is on the board of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce, The Society of Professional Women and is a Member of the Forum of Executive Women.
Goglia founded the Ella Bella Fashion Show in 2012 and in just three years has raised over $200,000 for Bringing Hope Home, an organization that supports families financially and emotionally while dealing with the burdens that come from the diagnosis of cancer.
Goglia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from West Chester University in Pennsylvania.
Fran Griesing, founder of Griesing Law, LLC, has over thirty years of experience representing clients in complex business transactions, high stakes litigation and alternate dispute resolution matters. As former Litigation Chair for Philadelphia from 1997 to 2000, handling over 2,000 cases per year, Fran evaluated cases early and often with a view towards avoiding unnecessary work. She applies that early assessment strategy to all matters to spare clients expense. She also draws upon her experience as a neutral arbitrator and mediator to craft resolutions that reduce risk and limit liability. Fran’s clients include public and closely held companies, not-for-profit organizations and executives, predominately in the hospitality, technology, chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. She makes sure to learn each client’s business objectives so that the legal expense provides real value, and the results achieved help the bottom line. Prior to launching Griesing Law, LLC in 2010, she practiced law at top tier firms in New York and Philadelphia and she also served as Chair of Litigation of Philadelphia’s City Solicitor’s Office under former Mayor Edward G. Rendell, who later served as Governor of Pennsylvania. An honors graduate of Binghamton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review, Fran a highly sought speaker and writer and is also featured in The Road to Independence, 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Firms.
Pari Hashemi is a recognized author, speaker, Certified Financial Planner®, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and Financial Advisor focused on women and finance. Pari is the head of her own team at Wells Fargo Advisors, a team whose goal is to help women reach the top echelons of their business by being financially responsible. Through her wealth management practice, Pari has become an expert on working with women through the process of tailoring an overall wealth management plan based on their goals and needs. Her experience and success in the women and finance arena makes Hashemi a frequent resource for news media and an in-demand business speaker. Pari received the 40 Under 40 Award for the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the youngest winners in history. Pari was awarded The Forum of Executive Women’s Emerging Leader Award, SmartCEO Magazines’ Top Wealth Manager for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 and the Center of Influence Award, the Five Star Wealth Manager Award for 2015, 2014 and the 2014, 2015 Five Star Wealth Manager award in which less than 7% of wealth managers in the Philadelphia area receive this honor. Pari’s team was named the NABCAP Premier Financial Adviser Team in the region for 2010, 2011, and 2013 year. Hashemi established her practice while writing articles for various publications including Forbes, The Philadelphia Business Journal, and TheGlassHammer.com. Pari’s passion to assist individuals in career development helps her act as a multidisciplinary connector for networking purposes. She founded the Women’s Mastermind Cooperative, a nonprofit that helps connect women professionals. Ms. Hashemi co-founded the Young Professionals of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where she raised over $500,000 through the Preakness at the Piazza event and serves on the Board of Directors. Pari also dedicates her time on the Board of Directors of the Samuel S. Fels fund, the University of Pennsylvania’s Association of Alumnae Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors for Saved Me Inc., a Philadelphia animal shelter that saves animals that would be euthanized. Pari received her Bachelors of Arts & Sciences from The University of Pennsylvania where she was All-Ivy and record holder for the Varsity Women’s Track & Field team. She currently resides in Center City Philadelphia.
Kim Huggins is a Partner with CLG, a management consulting firm. Kim has a passion for driving business strategy while forming valuable relationships at all organizational levels. Her diverse background includes holding senior human resource positions within various industries, as well as owning and running a successful consulting business. She is well-regarded for her enthusiastic approach, focus on execution, and extensive experience.
Kim has worked with diverse companies in various industries, from Fortune 50 corporations to small startups. Leveraging her broad experience in HR and consulting, she helps organizations transform their businesses and achieve desired results.
Kim has established herself as a thought leader in the area of generational diversity. She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer, as well as author of the book GENerate Performance: Unleashing the Power of a Multigenerational Workforce.She also is actively involved in various organizations that support the development of women leaders and is frequently invited to speak at their events and conferences.
Kim earned her B.S. in Human Resource Management from Drexel University. She resides in Harleysville, PA with her husband and two sons (both Millennials).
Jim has been working in the Financial Sector for over 30 years. He started his career as a broker with a local Philadelphia investment firm and gradually gravitated to the sales and marketing of tax sheltered investments for high income clients of accounting firms and financial planners. Jim moved into the insurance business in 2003 with USI Affinity. Jim responsibilities are varied but mostly geared toward New Business Development, Marketing and Client Management with organizations who endorse USI’s products and services for their constituents.
Jim sits on many Chamber and Professional & Trade association committees to help further the organization’s mission.
Jim is married with 6 children residing in West Chester. He has coached his sons and daughters in youth sports for over 20 years and hopes to rekindle his coaching when his grandkids are ready.
Shelley Potente is the Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Client Services at The Leader’s Edge/ Leaders By Design (TLE/LBD), a leadership development, executive coaching and consulting firm.
Shelley has a reputation as a trusted and valuable relationship-builder and is recognized for her innovative approaches to promoting introductions and connecting clients and colleagues for their mutual benefit.
Shelley is a highly-regarded presenter sharing insights on leadership skills-building and career development with client organizations and professional associations. Her energetic presentations often focus on: Strategic Networking, Presence and Impact, Effective Self-Promotion, and Consultative Selling. Shelley also individually coaches professionals as they navigate and advance their careers and has a unique passion for guiding women towards success.
She played an influential role as Board member and President of the Board of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) which resulted in significant growth and change. During her two year tenure as Board President she set the highest standard of excellence at all times, attracted the highest caliber candidates to serve on the Board and increased its diversity.
Shelley has been actively involved with the Healthcare Business Women’s Association and served as a board member for the Philadelphia Society for People and Planning (PSPS). During her tenure she developed the Graduate University Alliances program by forging alliances with LeBow and Wharton. This program continues to connect EMBA and MBA students with PSPS members, local business professionals and university alumni for career guidance and powerful network introductions. Shelley also established and facilitates PSPS’ Senior Human Resources “Careers-In-Transition” group.
Shelley holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from West Chester University and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Penn State University. She was also nominated for the Delaware Valley HR Consultant of the Year and Main Line Media News Volunteer of the Year because of her impact upon both the professional and not-for-profit sectors.
Kathleen Sweeney, Director of Sales at AT&T, has nearly twenty years’ experience in the wireless industry. Kathleen joined AT&T as a Store Manager in 1997 when the wireless network launched in Philadelphia and has held numerous leadership roles throughout her career. Kathleen was promoted to Director of Sales, AT&T Retail, in 2007 and spent the next 7 years leading sale teams at more than 60 retail locations throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.
In 2014, Kathleen was appointed Director of Retail Execution and assumed responsibility for all sales operations in the Liberty States market. During that time, Kathleen became involved with the Society of Professional Women, and she is currently a member of the advisory board. Kathleen has been instrumental in launching a local chapter of Women of AT&T this year, whose mission is to connect and inspire members to achieve their personal and professional goals and to effect change in the community.
Most recently, Kathleen took on her latest challenge as Director of Sales for National Retail, where she oversees sales of AT&T’s products and services at 374 national retailer doors such as Best Buy, Target, Apple, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Costco.
Robin R. Widdis
A 27 year professional in the insurance industry, Robin was recently promoted to Business Unit Leader in Philadelphia and prior to that was the Regional Client Service Director having responsibility for the client service and benefits administration areas in the Mid Atlantic offices.
CBIZ Employee Services is ranked as one of the top 20 largest Insurance brokerage firms in the US according to Business Insurance. It is also ranked as 1 of the top benefit specialists in the US for the last 5 years. CBIZ Employee services provides a wide array of services including compensation consulting, executive recruiting, employee benefits ,retirement services ,payroll, benefit administration services, risk management services and wealth management.
As part of the CBIZ Women’s advantage program, Robin has been involved with the National initiative for Dress for Success in both raising funds and providing clothing for women getting back into the workforce. Robin has also volunteered at other CBIZ supported charities like Cradles to Crayons. In addition Robin has provided leadership within our CWA program in running the local education program for CBIZ associates, and promoting women in business working together by hosting networking events.
Robin attended LaSalle University, currently serves on the Board for CBIZ Woman’s Advantage and was recently named a 2014 Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal.