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/Governance Committee
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 R. Widdis, Vice Chair/Governance Chair
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.
J. Lindsay Johnston, Executive Director
Ms. Johnston has been a business leader and active community volunteer during her thirty year career. She has broad-based and diverse experience in both Human Resources, Employment law and Not for Profit management. She has demonstrated successes in leading business teams through major organizational restructurings, including both growth initiatives and reductions in force as well as culture change. She is an operationally strong and persuasive thought leader who drives positive change and inspires others to achieve excellence. She is a builder of organizations, programs.
Most recently she was brought into the Society of Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), a trade association focused on technical training and standards development for the cable industry, to increase membership and introduce project management discipline to scale the existing organization. As General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Operations, she had a wide range of responsibility including legal, human resources, information technology, learning and development, facilities management, customer service, project management, chapters, membership, Board of Directors facilitation, strategic planning. During her three year tenure membership increased from 14,000 to 28,000. Among other key contributions were improvements in project management that increased technical training volume, quality, and revenue, outsourced and reduced facilities costs, developed improved opportunities for diversity and inclusion for the industry, enhanced the SCTE-Tuck Executive Education Program and introduced new membership models for SCTE’s corporate alliance program for both operators and technical partners and a realignment of the individual membership model. She also led the re-staffing of the majority of the senior leadership team, introduced business metrics that were used for an all staff incentive pay program, including a net promoter score survey (customer satisfaction survey). SCTE’s NPS scores are among the highest recorded for national associations. She was also recognized for three years as one of the top 100 most powerful Women in Cable.
In addition to her work as an attorney and/or a human resource executive at Comcast, Exelon, Verizon, PJM, Autotrader and Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Ms. Johnston has also been active in the community. While at Comcast and SCTE she was the Executive Advisor and Board member of Women in Cable and Telecommunications Philadelphia Chapter. For her executive advisor activities she was awarded national executive advisor of the year. During her tenure as the executive advisor the chapter was awarded Chapter of the Year. While on the chapter board she co-led a major fundraising program for the chapter which was awarded the national charitable program of the year.
She is also the chair of the southeastern Pennsylvania/South Jersey United Way Women’s Leadership Initiative Committee which sponsors and raises money for disadvantaged middle/high school girls program and shines a light on women’s philanthropy. While chair of that committee’s fundraising committee she helped raise over $450,000 for its Gala and was the top fundraiser.
Ms. Johnston has been on the Boards of Directors of the United Way, the Red Cross, the Women’s Resource Center, the Riverbend Environmental Center, Leadership, Inc. Philadelphia, and Delaware Valley Child Care Council. She has also held leadership roles with the Philadelphia Bar Association, the American Bar Association and is currently a member of SHRM, GPSEG, now called BEACON, a networking organization of executives, and the Forum of Executive Women. She is currently on her college’s Leadership Council and was previously president of her daughter’s college’s Parents’ Council.
Ms. Johnston received a B.A. Magna cum laude from Lafayette College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her JD from Villanova Law School.
Amy Frazier, CPA, Treasurer/Finance Chair,
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.
Shelley Potente, Secretary/Programming Co-Chair
Shelley Potente is the Executive Vice President, Client Relations 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 received the 2017 SmartCEO Executive Management Award, which recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of Philadelphia’s management all-stars. Shelley was 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.
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.
Board of Directors
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 Basile, Governance Committee
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.
Laurie Bergman, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer
Laurie serves as a member of the AmeriGas leadership team and is responsible for leading the Financial Control function. This includes leading the accounting team to provide both internal and external financial reporting while driving a strong internal control environment. She regularly partners with external auditors, senior leadership and other business leaders to assure successful deployment of processes and technology and ensure that all technical aspects of accounting decisions are accurate and appropriate. Laurie also serves as President of the AmeriGas Women’s Impact Network and has a passion for developing the future women leaders in our area. Laurie has also held various other finance roles with AmeriGas including Group Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, Assistant Controller, SAP Finance Lead, Director of Financial Operations and Manager of Disbursements.
Laurie has more than fifteen years of experience in finance and accounting roles, eleven of those at AmeriGas. Prior to that, she spent five years in the healthcare insurance industry in progressively expanded roles as well as a finance lead within the technical services industry. Laurie is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). She received a bachelor’s degree in finance and masters of business administration from Temple University.
Suzy Carney, Manager, Marketing, & Operations
Suzy brings over 20 years of marketing and sales experience to The Carney Group. Suzy focuses on strategic marketing initiatives, internal operations in addition to account management and sales.
Suzy began her career at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group (GPVG). During her tenure there, she earned the respect of the private equity and business community of the Greater Philadelphia area. She successfully networked venture capitalists, private equity investors, partners of law and accounting firms, investment bankers, angel investors and entrepreneurs in their efforts to make Philadelphia one of the hottest venture communities in the US. She played a key role in making Greater Philadelphia a hub for private equity and entrepreneurial opportunity that created jobs and lifted the city to a new economic level.
Most recently, Suzy was the National Marketing Director at CBIZ MHM, LLC, a national professional services company. A key member of the National Marketing Team, Suzy focused on the National Data Intelligence platform which included managing the analysis of internal and external metrics through market research and industry risk assessment to identify untapped revenue opportunities as well as analyze office trends. Additionally, she oversaw the National Data Intelligence Platforms tools and training and the execution of the CBIZ MHM Client Satisfaction Survey.
Suzy is a graduate of King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Minor in Writing.
Ryan Clark, Sponsorship Committee
Ryan Clark is among the most respected leaders in the staffing industry, known for his fierce commitment to providing outstanding customer service and his tenacious pursuit of excellence. His experience includes over twenty years in staffing as well as extensive experience in sales and sales management.
Ryan spent seven years working at PDI, the world’s largest contract sales organization supporting the pharmaceutical industry, where he was continuously recognized as a top performer and was promoted several times. In 2003, Ryan was hired by a major Philadelphia-based staffing company where he again made immeasurable contributions. Within three months, Ryan turned the unprofitable office into one of the most profitable offices in the company.
In 2005, Ryan co-founded PeopleShare, a regional staffing firm dedicated to placing candidates in light industrial, administrative and clerical positions. Ryan’s vision was to create a staffing company that provides employees and customers the opportunity to achieve their goals and enhance their overall success. Having the expertise, industry experience and resources to recruit the best talent for each and every opportunity have been a critical factor in PeopleShare’s success. Ryan’s determination, drive and talent have propelled PeopleShare into the fastest growing staffing firm in Pennsylvania with 17 locations throughout PA, NJ and DE. The first PeopleShare branch in Pottstown realized immediate success and the company was quickly able to expand, opening 8 more locations by 2012. In 2013, PeopleShare acquired S&R Staffing, giving PeopleShare an even larger footprint in Pennsylvania. Since 2007, PeopleShare has been named “Best Places to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal every year and named to the Inc.500/5000 list. In just 10 years, PeopleShare achieved over $100 million in revenue and was subsequently acquired by Trivest Partners, a Private Equity firm based in Coral Gables, Fla. Ryan has been retained as the CEO by Trivest as PeopleShare continues to grow through acquisition and organic growth. Ryan is defined by his passion to build relationships. His leadership, commitment to mentor and motivate his team combined with his on-going desire to understand and identify his clients’ needs have proven to be instrumental to PeopleShare’s success.
Neil Cohen, Marketing Committee
Neil Cohen is AD’s Vice President, OD & Human Resources | HR Services Practice Lead. Neil has two roles within AD. He is the internal head of HR ultimately responsible for partnering with AD’s leaders to hire great talent, develop their people, improve organizational effectiveness, and ensure that AD is a great place to work. Additionally, he created and runs the AD HR Services practice, which adds value to AD’s 600+ member companies by connecting them with high-quality, innovative and cost effective HR service providers, providing them with best practice sharing and professional development opportunities, and creating a foundation for a strong AD HR community.
Before AD, Neil held the top HR role for Strategic Distribution (MRO supply chain services), Destination Maternity (international specialty retailer), American Infrastructure (large construction and mining) and Ransome Cat (a Caterpillar dealership). He also has prior HR consulting experience.
Neil has twice led HR teams that won the HR Department of the Year award and one that won both the Excellence in Leadership Development and Excellence in Benefits awards. He was also an HR Person of the Year finalist for the Philadelphia area and was recognized as an HRO Today Superstar Practitioner. Companies that Neil worked for have won the Training Top 125 award, Association for Talent Development BEST® award and the Best Places to Work in PA award. Neil is also part of the Senior HR Advisory Group for Temple University’s Fox School of Business which aligns the HR Management graduate and undergraduate curriculum closely with the needs of the business community, strengthens recruiting ties and placements, explores creative new ways to ensure the financial sustainability of the HRM program, and establishes any needs for HRM research and/or application from faculty.
In addition to Neil’s 25+ years of experience in human resources, he holds an MBA from Temple University and a BA in Business & Psychology from Franklin & Marshall College.
Elizabeth Convery, Emerging Leaders Circle Co-Chair
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.
Donna DeHart, Vice President
Donna has over 25 years of professional experience, including 15 years in retained executive search with a focus on recruiting human resources leaders. In this capacity, she led search efforts for Fortune 500 companies, working coast-to-coast and across a broad range of industries.
Prior to joining Salveson Stetson Group, Donna spent 14 years with a boutique retained executive search firm, as President and Partner. During her tenure, she was instrumental in building the firm’s national presence by expanding its client base, as well as leading the execution of its most senior search assignments. Donna’s efforts were primarily focused on the recruitment and selection of senior human resources leaders, with a particular expertise in placing compensation and benefits executives.
Earlier in her career, Donna worked in the healthcare industry, holding executive level positions with NovaCare, the National Center for Health Promotion and various behavioral health entities. More recently, she served as a Vice President for Advantage Building & Facility Services, leading sales and marketing, and spearheading strategic planning initiatives.
Donna holds a Master of Business Administration in Health and Medical Services Administration from Widener University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from West Chester University. She graduated summa cum laude from both institutions.
Marci Dwyer, Sponsorship Chair
Often brought in for the needle in haystack searches, Marci believes that both qualifications AND fit within the company culture are essential for a successful placement, and she only proposes candidates who fit these criteria .Because of this, Marci views herself as an extension of the organization and works to understand the company’s goals and needs beyond just the position description.
Marci is most passionate about her work because she is constantly learning, facilitating in the development of an organizations culture, and most importantly, helping both people and businesses to grow.
Her love for her work is reflected in each personalized thank you. According to her peers, Marci is efficient, focused, driven, and spot-on! Clients trust her implicitly, which is why they use her for multiple searches.
She provides the customer with a much more diverse slate than others could, and in a fraction of the time. Marci is able to assess a candidate’s skills and succeeds even on the most difficult/unique searches.
Marci is on the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Delaware Valley Chapter and a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Women’s Initiative.
Marci Dwyer Executive Search is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise.
Varsovia Fernandez, Governance Committee
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.
Michelle Goglia, Mentoring Chair
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.
Pari Hashemi, Emerging Leaders Circle Co-Chair
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, Programming Co-Chair
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).
Katie Iorio Martin, President & CEO; Partner
Katie brings 25 years experience working with organizations to develop their people, solve business issues, and align culture with strategic goals. As President of the Dale Carnegie Franchise in the States of Pennsylvania and Delaware and portions of New Jersey, Katie leads a team of consultants and trainers focused on partnering with clients and exceeding expectations. In addition to leading the strategy and ensuring quality for her company, Katie supports team members in developing local and global strategic partnerships with clients. She works closely with clients to collaborate on talent management initiatives such as employee engagement, creating a customer-centric culture, and succession planning.
As the only global training company with ISO 9001:2008 certification, Dale Carnegie is a smart choice as a partner in creating consistency in training and talent management offerings for regional, national and global organizations.
Katie’s company is one of the 20 largest Dale Carnegie Franchises in the world, and has repeatedly been recognized as a member of the Millennium Club, which represents the top performing franchises.
Katie is co-chair of the International Dale Carnegie Franchise Association’s Marketing and Branding Implementation team, a member of the planning committee for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity and Inclusion Network, and an active member the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of The American Society for Training and Development and on the Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Charlestown at Wentworth Boards of Directors.
Katie and her family live in Hatfield PA. She enjoys gardening, genealogy, and being involved with her children’s activities.
Cynthia Minuti, Membership Chair
Cynthia is an innovative, driven, risk taker with strong leadership skills. She has over 25 years of experience in marketing, PR, sales management and communications for the financial services industry. She possesses excellent organizational and creative skills and is extremely resourceful. She is adept at reaching target markets and forming long-lasting relationships with clients, vendors and colleagues. Cynthia has worked with both small and large firms, developing innovative programs and promotions for any sized budget. She is a global thinker with entrepreneurial acumen, who thrives, in a team-oriented, fast paced environment.
Cynthia was previously the Chief Experience Officer at Ardent Credit Union, the SVP Client Experience Executive and Consumer Sales Director for PA/NJ region of Santander Bank. In these positions, she launched several initiatives aimed at increasing the sales and service acumen and efficacy of Team Members.
Cynthia is a member of The Forum of Executive Women, a board member of POWER and PCAE and served as Board Chair of CASA Youth Advocates.
Cynthia has an MBA in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University and a BS in Humanities and Communications from Drexel University.
Jacqueline Segal, Partner
Jacqueline concentrates her practice on divorce, family and domestic relations law, including divorce and equitable distribution, support and alimony, custody and child support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and protection from abuse.
She regularly represents clients in a nine-county area in Pennsylvania including Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Lancaster and Lehigh counties. Jacqueline was admitted to practice in 1990 and served as law clerk to the Honorable Ida K. Chen of the Family Court Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Jacqueline has been involved in the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, including in leadership roles, for more than 15 years. In 2006, Jacqueline chaired the Association’s 400-member Family Law Section and the Section’s Executive Committee. She served as an officer for the Family Law Section since 2003, on the Executive Committee since 1997 and as a Section Committee Chair for more than 10 years, including chairing the Divorce and Equitable Distribution Committee, the Child Support Legislation Committee and the Domestic Violence Committee.
Jacqueline frequently speaks and writes on family law and divorce and domestic relations issues. She has addressed the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee on proposed divorce legislation.
She was recently elected to the board of directors of The POWER of Professional WoMen (POWER), a Philadelphia-based forum dedicated to advancing the influence of women leaders and developing the next generation of leaders through collaboration and social responsibility.
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.
Association Management Company
Connie Bernard, Chief Executive Officer
A driven professional who doesn’t stop until every detail is covered, Connie Bernard is a one-of-a-kind experienced event planner and association executive director. Connie began her career early on when she was in grade school organizing, planning, and running small events or projects, it was clear from those early years into college where she was extremely active on campus that she would be successful.
Connie founded Seamless Events Inc. in 2005 and officially incorporated the thriving business in August 2006. The company was built on a strong network, delivery of solid services and a belief in events produced and associations organized. The endless dedication and determination is what Connie has steered into the business. The growth of the business is due to Connie’s leadership but also to the strong partnership she has with each of the employees who make up an incredible team. Connie challenges each employee on her team and, with each step, they stay committed and determined to be successful.
Prior to founding Seamless Events Incorporated, Bernard held several positions in the corporate environment, one being most in Relationship Marketing for an entire US Business Marketing Group where her main role was to execute quarterly communication to over 10,000 of the top decision-making customers. Other responsibilities included managing budgets, event planning, customer relationship management and much more.
Connie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from West Chester University. She graduated with the honor of Magna Cum Laude and recognized as one of the most active leaders in the Communication Studies Department. You can also find her name listed in the Who’s Who Amongst Students in Universities and Colleges. In April 2016, Connie became a graduate of the Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program. She was given the opportunity to connect with other Entrepreneurs, focus on the strategy and growth of the business as well as work to create an impact personally and professionally.
She lives in West Chester, PA (originally from Delco and where the heart still lives) with her husband, Douglas, and, their two children, Mariska and Zigmond. They are always running around and staying active with the children. Connie loves keeping her personal life very organized and on schedule, which is not surprising.