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The Forum of Executive Women picked its 2017 awardees — and 11 other Power Moves

Jennifer Devor. August 10, 2017 Category: ColumnFeaturedLongPeople

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1. Jennifer Devor and Kelly Devine just received the Forum Award for Emerging Women Leaders.

The Forum of Executive Women’s 18th award has gone to Devor, Campus Philly’s director of partnerships and an occasional Generocity contributor, and Devine, a senior marketing specialist with Comcast.

Award recipients “represent the type of leadership talent that The Forum seeks to retain in this region and demonstrate significant leadership and accomplishment in their careers as well as high potential for future growth,” according to its website.

The group is a membership organization of professional women in the Philadelphia region. With their awards, Devor and Kelly will receive professional development mentorship from forum members.

In 2012, Devine was a candidate for Pa.’s state House of Representatives in Montgomery County. Devor serves as a local committeeperson in Point Breeze and on the boards of several education groups. (Our eyes are low-key peeled for that eventual political run, too.)

2. Elisabeth Flynn left Mazzoni Center for Clarifi.

Flynn was the even-keeled communicator during times of recent crisis for the LGBTQ health nonprofit and is now senior marketing manager at the consumer credit counseling organization. Apply for her old job here.

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3. Girl Develop It’s Elise Wei is moving to New Zealand.

A chapter leader of the nonprofit that offers low-cost coding classes for women and a former software engineer at Ticketleap and Monetate, Wei is heading to the land of the kiwis with her husband and young daughter after earning a spot in an immigration program for technologists.

Why? “It just seems like a good time for a big adventure,” Wei told Philly. Read Wei’s exit interview here.

4. Econsult Solutions snagged three new senior advisors.

The economic and policy consulting firm just added three brains to its portfolio:

  • Suzanne Biemiller, who authored the city’s first Greenworks Philadelphia plan for sustainability as a consultant and worked in Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration as director of policy and planning and chief of staff
  • Joseph M. Casey, SEPTA’s former GM
  • Lloyd Russow, a professor and associate provost at Thomas Jefferson University

Econsult also gained former Economy League ED Steve Wray as a VP and director in June.

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5. LaNeshe White is Interactive Mechanics’ new marketing manager.

The Theatre in the X cofounder who recently worked in the Painted Bride’s marketing department is taking over the design firm’s outreach efforts.

Interactive Mechanics, which we’ve recently heralded for its impressive organizational perks, is somewhat of an expert in considering diversity in its hiring.

Read the company’s Q&A with its newest hire here.

6. Symbol Lai is the Office of Immigrant Affairs’ new deputy director.

Born in Taiwan, the Ph.D comes by way of Seattle and Honolulu before that, though she did attend Temple University for her undergrad.

Lai wrote in an email: “Though I will be supporting OIA projects in policy and language access as well as larger OIA events, my primary focus will be to create and implement programs that support immigrant economic development in Philadelphia.”

7. Community College of Philadelphia’s Foundation has some new board members.

In the midst of fundraising for the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which allows low-income students to enroll tuition-free, the community college’s foundation has added seven board members:

  • Nick Bayer, CEO and founder, Saxbys
  • Malcolm Jenkins, founder, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, and safety, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Rasheia Johnson, treasurer, City of Philadelphia
  • Jill Michal, VP for business transformation, Independence Blue Cross
  • Priya Roy, associate, Ballard Spahr, LLP
  • Simran Sidhu, executive director, HIVE
  • Michael Soileau, VP of planning and strategy, Comcast

8. Kelley Hodge is filling is as interim district attorney until the fall election.

The former assistant district attorney is taking over the embattled office following the guilty plea and imprisonment of DA Seth Williams. Hodge previously worked as the Philly school district’s safe schools advocate and on the Pennsylvania Joint State Commission on Violence Prevention.

Public defender Larry Krasner won the Democratic primary; prosecutor Beth Grossman is the Republican nominee. The general election is Nov. 7.

9. Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship’s Elizabeth Santry started her own consulting business.

(Photo by Irving Navarro)

Santry had been working as the program manager of entrepreneur Tayyib Smith’s music entrepreneurship program since last summer before it officially launched.

She wrote in an email: “Now that the inaugural cohort is complete, the timing is right for me to move forward. I’ll be helping Little Giant wrap up the final details from the class of 2017 until the end of the month. As for the students, I feel very connected to this class. They have a mentor for life :)”

Her new gig is LIFEWORK, through which she’ll guide aspiring entrepreneurs in building their businesses and more established folks in revamping theirs.

10. PJ Craig left The Advocate Center for higher education.

The former executive director of the North Philly arts and culture nonprofit is now assistant director of K12 partnerships at the Office of Civic Engagement at Rutgers University.

The reverend had some cool stuff to say about youth tackling social justice issues when we spoke with her in May:

“I think there’s a lot of depth to what they have to say, and they’re able to identify root causes in a way that I think people who are further away from the issue aren’t able to or takes them longer to,” she said. “They’re able to do it in plain and accessible language which I think, if we’re going to create large-scale change, it needs to be plain and accessible, not solely theoretical or academic.”

11. Support Center for Child Advocates named 10 new board members.

The legal assistance and social service advocacy organization for children had 20 existing board members. They were joined by the following:

  • Dorothy M. Arimond of Brandywine Group
  • Matthew Duncan of Fine, Kaplan and Black
  • Elizabeth Jobes of Spark Therapeutics
  • John F. McCabe IV of Glenmede
  • Benjamin Pierce, formerly of Vanguard Charitable
  • Diana Rabeh of ReedSmith
  • Carrie B. Rosen of Aramark
  • Katie Adams Schaeffer of Barnes Foundation
  • Megan Spitz of Blank Rome
  • Marianne Styles of PNC Bank

12. The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia is looking for a new executive director.

We reported in June that, per an organizational restructuring, ED Ashley Del Bianco would be stepping down (but keeping her gig as Philly’s chief grants officer). Want to run the city’s nonprofit arm? Apply for the gig here.


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