SPRINGFIELD, PA – The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce announced its first ever Virtual Women in Leadership webinar focusing on Managing and Prospering through Change. The chamber invites the local business community to attend the webinar and learn from a panel of professional women who have persevered through various obstacles in their careers, the management techniques they relied on and how they have applied and/ or modified them through the constantly evolving climate we find ourselves in today.
These revolutionary professionals are an electric group of women who come from diverse backgrounds and industries but who all have an individual take on the topic of change management. Throughout their careers, these women have faced various challenges, professionally and personally, but they continue to triumph over these barriers which has made their resilience a vital tool as we continue to navigate the unimaginable conditions we are currently faced with.
Debra M. “Rockey” Rockey, PsyD, Lead Consultant – Culture, Change & Engagement at Trinity Health - Rockey is a Global Career Development Facilitator, an Executive Coach, and a ProSCI Certified Change Practicioner. These skills have enabled her to work with numerous individuals in their succession plans, career development, and learning development plans – at all levels of an organization. In addition to internally consulting for Trinity Health, Rockey has been honored to partner with these great organizations for teaching, facilitation, and consulting: Aquinas College, Baker College, The Design Thinking Academy @ GVSU, Ferris State University, GR Fishladder, Grand Valley State University Executive MBA Program, GVSU Kirkhoff School of Nursing, GRID70, Haworth, Health Intervention Services, Michigan Blood, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Trilogy Change Collaborative, Western Michigan University, The Detroit Women's Inclusion Network and The University of Michigan.
Aimee-Kate Braconnier, Vice President & Executive Director of Catholic Community Choir (CCC) - Joining CCC in 2010 as the choreographer, Aimee-Kate’s role quickly grew to focus on CCC's organizational development, structure and goals for a successful future. Since Aimee-Kate joined the team, she has built programs, established and strengthened relationships with donors, sponsors, community partners and most of all, our members. Aimee-Kate has developed programs for high school and college students who are aspiring educators and performing arts professionals, allowing each to have hands-on experience with children and a community theater program as each works towards his or her goals. Aimee-Kate’s goal is to always spread the mission of CCC and to continually provide an open environment for all children so that each young person has the ability to share their gifts and talents on and off stage. Outside of CCC, Aimee-Kate is actively involved with Cardinal O'Hara High School as the Director of Alumni Relations, Co-Director of the Theater Program and the Mini-THON Advisor. She is also actively involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Greater Delaware Valley Chapter), is a Board Member for Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and the Chair of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals.
MeLissa Pernell, Learning Manager, Independence Blue Cross - An adult learning professional with over 13 years of experience in corporate training, MeLissa held many entry-level positions throughout high school and college, however, MeLissa’s professional experience officially began interning as a customer service agent with a large financial firm. After her internship, MeLissa remained at the firm for several years where she earned her way into a management role and eventually transitioned into corporate training. It was during this time that MeLissa realized her calling and was ecstatic to find her niche in corporate training. Since then, MeLissa continued to pursue career advancement opportunities in corporate training and has had the opportunity to manage corporate training functions across many different industries including banking, education, hospitality, and health insurance.
MeLissa's professional certifications include Emotional Intelligence, DiSC Behavioral Styles, and Situational Leadership. MeLissa's corporate training experience includes soft skills training such as interpersonal communication, organizational behavior, and leadership development. Additionally, MeLissa has experience managing tactical training such as new hire on-boarding, Compliance, and Operations training. MeLissa is a strong believer that people are the ultimate competitive advantage in today’s ever-changing business environment and advocates heavily for the investment in people through high quality, human-centered learning experiences.
Pamela Sarne McCormick, Director of Legislative and Community Affairs at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), where she works with a dedicated team of professionals to strengthen the region’s mobility and quality of life.
Throughout her career at SEPTA and at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, McCormick has worked with business, political, labor and community leaders to advance many of the region's most vital policy issues, economic development projects and special events. She joined stakeholders across Pennsylvania to promote passage of Act 89, a $2.4 billion statewide transportation funding plan and collaborated with national advocates to secure passage of the FAST Act, a long-term federal infrastructure investment program. McCormick also managed efforts to support the Hub of Hope, a homeless engagement center at SEPTA Suburban Station, led SEPTA’s annual United Way campaign, and coordinated activities including the Southeast Partnership for Mobility and the statewide Bus Roadeo.
Her advocacy efforts are now concentrated on SEPTA’s response and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and coronavirus pandemic. With a keen focus on equity and resilience, McCormick works to promote legislative support and stakeholder engagement to advance SEPTA’s policy priorities that include adequate, sustainable investment and ongoing efforts to strengthen the economy, support equity, advance sustainability and promote public health and safety.
McCormick serves on the Boards of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Main Line Chamber of Commerce, Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association, Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association and Summer Search Philadelphia. She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
12:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 5
Registration is free for chamber members and $15.00 to non-members.
Register to attend at www.DelcoChamber.org/wil2020.
WILMINGTON, Del., June 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, WSFS Bank announced a $200,000 donation to four organizations, providing relief grants to help local small businesses within the Bank’s footprint impacted by the pandemic.
In addition, WSFS dedicated more than 200 Associates to work on Paycheck Protection Program applications and received approvals for more than 5,000 loans worth nearly $1 billion. These businesses employ about 100,000 people in the region.
As the pandemic continues to take an unprecedented toll on businesses in the region, many small businesses are struggling to maintain the funding needed to stay in operation. The relief grants will be administered in collaboration with the following local community development financial institutions (CDFIs):
To qualify for the relief grants, businesses must have annual revenue under $500,000; 50 or fewer employees; be open two or more years; preferably be located in a low or moderate-income (LMI) census tract; independently owned and operated; have experienced negative impact from COVID-19; plan to reopen post-COVID-19 and able to continue operating for the foreseeable future. Grant funds must be used for working capital, purchasing machinery/equipment, improvements/alterations due to COVID-19 and inventory. Grants will be reviewed, recommended and administered by the CDFIs. Those seeking a grant should reach out to one of the four partnering CDFIs in their area.
“The Chester County Chamber is proud to partner with WSFS in awarding these grants,” said Guy Ciarrocchi, Esq., President & CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry. “WSFS has time and time again shown a commitment to our community by supporting our nonprofits, schools and those working to get ahead. These much-needed grants help businesses and strengthen our community.”
“We are really appreciative of WSFS’ financial support during these tumultuous times,” said Vandell Hampton, Jr., President & CEO of True Access Capital. “This funding will play an important role in the recovery as Delaware reopens.”
The WSFS Community Foundation also previously provided $300,000 in grants to 21 local nonprofits engaged in the fight against COVID-19. In addition, WSFS Bank recently made a $3 million contribution to the WSFS Community Foundation to fund future donations throughout its footprint.
For more information about the steps WSFS has taken to keep our Associates and Customers informed and safe, please visit wsfsbank.com.
About WSFS Financial Corporation
WSFS Financial Corporation is a multi-billion-dollar financial services company. Its primary subsidiary, WSFS Bank, is the oldest and largest locally managed bank and trust company headquartered in Delaware and the Greater Philadelphia region. As of March 31, 2020, WSFS Financial Corporation had $12.3 billion in assets on its balance sheet and $21.1 billion in assets under management and administration. WSFS operates from 116 offices, 91 of which are banking offices, located in Pennsylvania (54), Delaware (44), New Jersey (16), Virginia (1) and Nevada (1) and provides comprehensive financial services including commercial banking, retail banking, cash management and trust and wealth management. Other subsidiaries or divisions include Arrow Land Transfer, Cash Connect®, Cypress Capital Management, LLC, Christiana Trust of Delaware, NewLane Finance, Powdermill Financial Solutions, West Capital Management, WSFS Institutional Services, WSFS Mortgage, and WSFS Wealth Investments. Serving the greater Delaware Valley since 1832, WSFS Bank is one of the ten oldest banks in the United States continuously operating under the same name. For more information, please visit www.wsfsbank.com.
Media Contact: Rebecca Acevedo