Name: Janell Johnson
Hometown: Chester, PA
Company: City of Chester, The Suite by J. Nicole &Co., Suite 828 Co. LLC
Position: City of Chester- Human Resources Generalist. Owner of The Suite by J.Nicole & Co. Boutique Aston PA. Owner Suite 828 Co. LLC
Length of time you have been with your company: City of Chester- 1 year 4 months. The Suite by J. Nicole & Co. 2 years. Suite 828 Co. LLC 5 years.
Briefly describe your journey, noting both personal milestones and obstacles you may have faced along the way. My journey consists of 2 different paths that take a lot of balancing. Being a 9-5er and entrepreneur on top of being a mother can be a lot, overwhelming at times. However, this journey has been a rewarding one. My daughter is seeing all the things that are possible with a little faith and work ethic. Both my business and I have been awarded multiple times (This Missing Plug "Entrepreneur of the Year" 2021 and 2023, The Missing Plug "Best New Business of the Year" 2022, Buy from a Black Woman "Home Goods Business of the Year" 2020, and Hustle Hard Recognition Award Honors 2020)
Name: Carla Tomoschuk
Hometown: Saint Peters, PA
Company: Staybridge Suites Wilmington-Brandywine Valley
Position: Director of Sales
Length of time you have been with you company: almost 5 years
Briefly describe your journey, noting both personal milestones and obstacles you may have faced along the way. My journey has been unique. I found my way into hospitality all because I had someone take a chance on me. My career in this industry began in 2014. It was a slow start with no experience in the industry but, I made sure to take the initiative, ask the right questions, and focus on my future path. I knew I enjoyed sales and enjoyed talking with people. This allowed me to begin forging my own path and making those connections. A personal milestone for me was a mentor, who believed in me and gave me multiple opportunities for growth. It allowed me to understand where I wanted to end up and gave me the confidence I needed to strive for excellence.
Name: Robin Hull
Hometown: Gladwyne, PA
Company: Energy Transfer
Position: Senior Specialist, Public Affairs
Length of time you have been with you company: 4.5 years
Briefly describe your journey, noting both personal milestones and obstacles you may have faced along the way.After graduating from Penn State with a degree in Public Relations, my career began in Harrisburg, PA, close to where I grew up. I worked for a national franchise company called Soccer Shots, doing PR and communications for both the franchise company and occasionally the franchises themselves around the country. It was an amazing experience! I then began working for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission as Deputy Press Secretary. I not only learned valuable media relations skills here, but I also learned that I enjoyed the energy/utility space. I moved on to Tierney, a PR firm based in Philadelphia and with a Harrisburg office, before moving to Washington, D.C. with my now-husband, when he landed a role with the federal government. I decided to move back into energy and was lucky to be hired by FTI Consulting as part of their Energy & Natural Resources team, doing strategic communications for big-time energy clients. After a couple years, my husband’s career then brought us to the Philadelphia area, where I was fortunate to be hired at Energy Transfer as part of the public affairs team, where my days now consist of a blend of PR, government and regulatory affairs, and community affairs. I didn’t plan to change jobs so often by my mid-30s, but life kept happening and we moved several times! I truly think that the diversity of my career and experience has taught me so much and made me a better employee and leader today.