YWCA Delaware Honors Women Leaders by Inducting them into the Academy of Women Leaders
|2013 Honorees Left to Right: Zenaida Otero Gephardt, Laura Graham, Ellen Kullman, Shefon Taylor, Paula A. Maiorano & Bergundie Parker. |
Over 300 people joined YWCA Delaware to honor six Delaware women leaders who are breaking barriers in their community in efforts to eliminate racism and empower women.
YWCA Delaware’s Academy of Women Leaders is a hall of fame of prominent women in the community who are being honored for their ability to achieve, succeed and inspire others. The 2013 Honorees were:
- Ellen Kullman, DuPont CEO, Trailblazer Award
- Zenaida Otero Gephardt, PhD, PE, Associate Professor, Rowan University—Advancement of
- Laura Graham, Esq., Senior Attorney, CLASI—Leadership in Racial Justice Award
- Rev. Paula A. Maiorano, Executive Director, A Center for Relational Living—Rita Turner Award
- Shefon N. Taylor, co-founder, “Just BE”—Genevieve Gore Young Woman’s Leadership Award
- Bergundie J. Parker, student, Christiana High School—YWCA Empowerment Award
Each honoree was presented with their respective award by Ginny Marino, YWCA Delaware’s CEO, and event chair Diane Rogerson, JPMorgan Chase and YWCA DE Board Member. Each honoree shared a moment of impact that shaped their individual journey. The audience’s response varied from an eruption of laughter, to a thunderous applause and even tears.
“I am extremely passionate about the work of the YWCA. It gave me great pleasure to honor this exceptional group of women,” said Ginny Marino, CEO. “Personally, I look forward to this event—to stand with other women who share in being champions for women and their families to embrace their full potential.”
At the close of the event, keynote speaker YWCA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., commended each honoree for her accomplishments and commitment to opening doors for the next generation of women leaders. She also reminded the audience that complacency is not the order of the day; rather “we must do more.”
“Women are still facing great challenges and are still underrepresented in board rooms, C-suites and in elected positions,” she said.
Dr. Richardson-Heron challenged the audience to get involved with the programs offered locally at YWCA Delaware and to be instrumental in shaping a brighter future for women everywhere.
The 2013 honorees were inducted into YWCA Delaware’s Academy of Women Leaders where they join women who came before them in their dedication to eliminate racism and empower women.
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