The Philadelphia Tribune’s “Women Achieving Luncheon” was held Thursday at the venerable Union League in Center City, Philadelphia for over 200 guests. Formally known as the “Women on the Move” luncheon, the fourth annual event honored women who have made their mark in corporate America.
The Philadelphia Tribune president and CEO Robert W. Bogle welcomed the audience and Dr. Rev. Lorina Marshall-Blake, president, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, delivered the invocation before lunch. Lynette Brown-Sow, vice president for Marketing and Government Relations for Community College of Philadelphia, was Mistress of Ceremonies, while Ahmeenah Young, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, delivered the keynote address.
The event recognized the contributions of Comcast’s Adrienne Bryd and Ebony Lee; Independence Blue Cross’ Deirdre S. Gaskins, Raenita Jones and Monterry Lockey; Keystone Mercy Health Plan’s Debra Anthony, Ellen Baker, Catherine Barnes, Bonnie Earl Sr., Veronica Medina, Cheryl Person, Delores Slaughter and Veronica Wall; Macy’s Deanna Williams; PECO’s Sabrina Brooks; Sugar House Casino’s Lynette Lee and Verizon’s Tammie B. Cottom. Special guests in attendance included Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson and City Councilwomen Jannie Blackwell and Blondell Reynolds Brown.
“It is exciting to be in a roomful of strong, smart, energetic and confident women who are focusing here in our great city,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter to the honorees. “I know a little bit about strong women: I was raised by a powerful woman, married one and am trying to raise one. We need to make sure that women — especially African-American women — are able to assume their rightful place whether it is in government, business, community or the non-profit community.”
The luncheon was held in conjunction with the special Philadelphia Tribune publication,”Women Achieving: A Salute to Black Women” which chronicles some of the area’s best and brightest women from several of the area’s most successful companies. Each of the attendees received a copy of the magazine, which included a time-line of some of this nation’s pioneering African-American women.