The most prestigious award for professional women in Greater Philadelphia
About the 2020 Honoree
Eileen C. McDonnell
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
Eileen C. McDonnell is chairman and chief executive officer. She joined Penn Mutual in 2008 as its Chief Marketing Officer.
Before joining Penn Mutual, she was president of New England Financial, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MetLife, and senior vice president of the Guardian Life Insurance Company. Ms. McDonnell is a former member of the Master of Science in Management faculty at The American College in King of Prussia, PA, where she held the newly endowed chair for Women and Financial Services and was the author of “Marketing Financial Services to Women.”
Ms. McDonnell serves on the Board of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penn Mutual. In 2013, Ms. McDonnell was named to the board of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE: UHS) and is Chair of the Audit and Compensation Committees.
A graduate of Molloy College, Rockville Centre, N.Y., Ms. McDonnell majored in mathematics and computer science and received an honorary doctor of laws (LL.D.) degree in 2011. She earned her MBA in finance and investments from Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.
In 2016, Eileen was honored by Drexel University LeBow College of Business as the 2016 “Business Leader of the Year.” Also, Eileen has been awarded the honor of being inducted into The Business Excellence Institute’s Hall of Fame in Dublin, Ireland.
In 2017, Eileen was the recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year, Greater Philadelphia award in the area of Transformation.
In 2018, Eileen received the Woman One Award by the Institute for Women’s Health & Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine and Philadelphia Business Journal’s Class of 2018’s Most Admired CEOs Award.
In 2019, Eileen has been honored with the Women Corporate Directors’ 2019 Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership. Also in 2019, Eileen was recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power 100.
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Applications are closed for 2020 recipients.
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