2021 Pennsylvania Women in Leadership Symposium
March 11, 2021
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (ET)
Onward & Upward: The Era of the Empowered Woman
With the turn of events in the year 2020, women of all backgrounds have experienced what it means to be resilient, adaptable, and forward thinking. We observed women taking on challenging situations that affect their personal and professional lives with innovation, flexibility, and strength. This year’s symposium will explore the ways women can empower themselves and one another to conquer new norms throughout the journey of life.
Dr. Anne Dabrow Woods is the Chief Nurse of Wolters Kluwer, Health, Learning, Research and Practice, a global healthcare information company that produces and publishes journals, practice and education books from Lippincott, software products, CoursePoint Plus, Lippincott Nursing Center, Lippincott Solutions, and Ovid Technologies. She is responsible for the nursing and evidence-based strategy for the company. A nurse for over 36 years, and a board-certified nurse practitioner since 1998, Dr. Dabrow Woods practices as an acute care/critical care nurse practitioner for Penn Medicine, Chester County Hospital. She also serves as adjunct faculty in the graduate nursing program at Drexel University and precepts nurse practitioner and DNP students. Dr. Dabrow Woods speaks globally on many clinical and leadership topics including using the best available research evidence and technology to improve practice, patient outcomes, and global health. She received a bachelor’s degree (BSN) from West Chester University, a master’s degree (MSN) from LaSalle University, a post-master's certificate from Drexel University, and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree from Texas Christian University. She was awarded the Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award from Sigma Theta Tau International Kappa Delta Chapter in 2018 and she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2016.
Sophia Lee, Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Blank Rome LLP, is a trusted adviser to her clients, helping to pursue business objectives through legal process. She handles complex commercial, environmental, products liability, and toxic tort litigation matters, and advises on environmental and regulatory concerns as well as on matters of constitutional significance. Ms. Lee has experience as national coordinating counsel in the mass tort context; managing government investigations and inquiries; and developing information management policies and best practices. She also provides guidance and education to her clients on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Ms. Lee has advocated for meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout her legal career and chairs Blank Rome’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is an active member of the Forum of the Executive Women; a board member and past president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania; a board member and past co-president of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group; and a past diversity chair for the Philadelphia Bar Association. Ms. Lee also previously served as vice chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs. Ms. Lee is a frequent lecturer on matters concerning litigation management, professional responsibility, and diversity, equity, and inclusion issues for business and legal organizations, law schools, and law firms. She teaches diversity, equity, and inclusion as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Prior to rejoining Blank Rome, Ms. Lee served as chief litigation counsel at Sunoco, Inc., in the litigation department at Reed Smith LLP, and as a federal judicial law clerk to the late Honorable James McGirr Kelly, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She received her J.D. and LL.M. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and her B.A. from Cornell University.
Leonora Miller is a Diversity & Inclusion leader in Global Technology (GT) at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In her commitment to diversity, she serves on various diversity leadership teams and mentors young professionals. Leonora is a self-published author and engaging facilitator who inspire people to positively change and make a difference.
Tina joined PinnacleHealth System (UPMC Pinnacle) in May 2015 as vice president, mission effectiveness-chief diversity officer. Prior to joining PinnacleHealth System, Tina served as chief executive officer and director of resource development of the YWCA Greater Harrisburg for 15 years. Her career started in the Pennsylvania State Legislature working for former Speaker of the House K. Leroy Irvis. She has worked in the human service field for over 30 years, collaborating on issues dealing with hunger, homelessness, the welfare-to-work program, health care, domestic violence, sexual assault, childcare and racial justice and is compelled to make sure those less fortunate have a voice. In her dual role at UPMC Pinnacle, Tina ensures that all business and clinical programs and services delivered are consistent with system’s mission—We are dedicated to maintaining and improving the health and quality of life for all the people of Central Pennsylvania—and that its programs and services are aligned with the system’s strategic plan and community benefit programs. The position also ensures compliance with the federal National Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards and advocates for bringing together existing resources in order to better serve the community, promote inclusion and diversity, and create positive change in the lives of others. Tina ensures that the system’s mission is embedded in its core values and permeates the culture, business practices and delivery of health care across PHS and facilities. She is also responsible for creating an environment for patients, visitors, employees, and caregivers where the uniqueness of all races, ethnicities, colors, religions, beliefs, abilities, appearances, genders and sexual orientation are understood, respected and welcomed. PinnacleHealth System is a not-for-profit healthcare system. As one of the area’s largest employers, PinnacleHealth is focused on building a talented, diverse and inclusive workforce, with its employees representing the multiracial, multi-generational, cultural and ethnic communities it serves. At PinnacleHealth, Tina has spearheaded a cultural awareness education series that focuses on the unique needs and perspectives of various cultures. Understanding the unique history, experience, traditions and customs associated with a patient’s background fosters empathy and understanding, empowers employees in their communication, and ultimately improves care for PinnacleHealth’s patients. Tina is a native of Harrisburg and holds a Masters of Healthcare Administration from Walden University and a B.S. in political science and sociology from East Stroudsburg University. In May of 2018 Tina obtained a Certified Diversity Executive certification from the Institute for Diversity. Although Tina’s career has allowed her to travel and work around the country, she is happy to be living in Harrisburg with her husband, James Nixon. Tina’s has twins: Miles and Miranda who are now 22.
Mona Dine is an accomplished Human Resources leader with an extensive and proven track record of working closely with business leaders at all levels. Her expertise is utilized to develop leaders, create inclusive, engaged environments and promote talent practices that drive performance and business results. Mona currently serves as the People & Culture leader in a global manufacturing organization. Prior to her current role, she was Director of Talent Management at HarbisonWalker International; Director of Talent Management and Human Resources at RTI International Metals, Inc; and also served as Vice President and Senior Talent Consultant with PNC Bank. Other previous roles include, Director, Recruiting and Staffing at Pittsburgh Public Schools and Director of Career Services and Director of Human Resources at Robert Morris University. Mona is also a credentialed Professional Coach specializing in career and leadership development. She has over 20 years’ experience as a career coach and helps clients leverage and expand their strengths and leadership skills to excel in their careers. Mona holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree focused on Career Development from the Ohio State University. Mona holds certifications as an Associate Certified Coach (ICF); Senior Professional in Human Resources (HRCI); Senior Certified Professional (SHRM); Organizational Development Certified Professional (IOD) and Fostering Inclusion & Diversity (Yale University). Mona serves on the Board for the International Coaching Federation, Pittsburgh chapter. She also volunteers for the March of Dimes, PA Diversity Council and serves as a Pittsburgh Promise Coach. Mona serves as a Corporate Advisory Committee member and Mentor for PA Women Work. In addition, she serves as the Co-Chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Forum in the Pittsburgh region. She is a frequent speaker and panel member on topics addressing women’s development and enhancing diversity and inclusion within organizations.
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