Paradigm Award

The most prestigious award for professional women in Greater Philadelphia
executives, elected officials, business owners, and civic leaders registered for the 2019 Paradigm Award Luncheon

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia Paradigm Award is presented annually during Women’s History Month to a businesswoman whose outstanding professional and personal achievements serve as a model for success.

Paradigm Award honorees are distinguished influential executives of profit-making enterprises with a strong local economic impact. Her leadership and dedication to a variety of interests contribute significantly to the socio-economic prosperity of the Greater Philadelphia region. She is respected in her profession and throughout the community for her commitment to excellence and her vision for women and future generations.



About the 2020 Honoree

Eileen C. McDonnell

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.

Past Winners


Jami Wintz McKeon
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Wendy Hamilton
General Manager
SugarHouse Casino


Teresa Bryce Bazemore
Radian Guaranty Inc.


Emily L. Bittenbender
Managing Partner
Bittenbender Construction, LP


Lynn Utter
Chief Operating Officer
Knoll Office


Sue Schick
Chief Executive Officer
UnitedHealthcare, Pennsylvania and Delaware


Denise Morrison
President and Chief Executive Officer
Campbell Soup Company


Rosemary Turner
UPS Chesapeake District


Lynn L. Elsenhans
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Sunoco, Inc. and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP


Mary Stengel Austen
President & CEO


Judy Spires
ACME Markets


Deborah M. Fretz
President & CEO
Sunoco Logistics Partners, L.P.


Terry D’Alessandro
Market CEO Metro Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey
Sovereign Bank


Dorrit J. Bern
President, CEO & Chairman of the Board
Charming Shoppes, Inc.


Carol A. Ammon
Chairman & CEO
Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Linda Rosanio
The Star Group


Reneé Amoore
The Amoore Group


Joanne Harmelin
Harmelin Media


Molly D. Shepard
President & CEO, Shepard Executive Resources, LLC
Principal, The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design


Juliet J. Goodfriend
Strategic Marketing Corporation


Marilyn Ware
American Water Works Company, Inc.


Judith von Seldeneck
Founder and Chair
Diversified Search


Betsy Z. Cohen
Chairman and CEO
JeffBanks, Inc.


Rena Rowan
Executive Vice President
Jones New York


Jane Pepper
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society


Judy Wicks
The White Dog Cafe and The Black Cat


Dr. Emma C. Chappell
Chairman, President and CEO
United Bank of Philadelphia

Paradigm Award & Scholarship Committee


Emily L. Bittenbender*
Bittenbender Construction, LP

Reneé Amoore*
The Amoore Group

Mary Stengel Austen*

Karen Dougherty Buchholz
Comcast Corporation

Amy Daly

Denise DiSimone

Wendy Hamilton*
Zoological Society of Philadelphia

Tricia Buck Horter
Citizens Bank

Caren Hosansky
Liberty Property Trust

Peggy Leimkuhler
Firstrust Bank

Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake
Independence Blue Cross Foundation

Jami Wintz McKeon*
Morgan Lewis

Elizabeth A. Murphy

William R. Sasso, Esq.
Stradley Ronon

Sue Schick*
UnitedHealthcare, Pennsylvania and Delaware

Molly D. Shepard*
The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design

Kate Shields
Vault Communications

Judith von Seldeneck*
Diversified Search

Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women

awarded since 2000

Presented in conjunction with the Paradigm Award, this merit-based scholarship is awarded annually to women who are working toward an undergraduate degree. Download scholarship poster »

Applications are closed for 2020 recipients.

Past Scholarship Recipients

2020 Recipients

April Alexander
Sunny Chun
Erin Collier
Giannine Della Rocca
Adama Jawara
Mariah Johnson
Shannon McClain
Tara Netterville
Najla Rashad
Veronica Sapp

2019 Recipients

Shereena Carson
India Dallas
Sarah Decker
Rhoda Douglas
Alicia Fife
Shawna Moses
Ana Cristina Pichardo
Sotonius Quinn
Rashean Ramsue
Chevonne Tingle

2018 Recipients

April Alexander
Maureen Geiss
Brittany Halbsgut
Fatima Laghrissi
Musu Morris-Fello
Shyeema Robinson
Dana Rose
Anabel Salce
Jeanetta Thompson

2017 Recipients

Katrina Bryson
Katura Marshall
Janessa Morales
Bukola Ogunleye
Lynette Peterson
Angela Rojas
Nikiya Small
Kassy Walklett
Jowanna Williams-Parks

2016 Recipients

Melinda Adorno
Stephanie Brown
Pamela Cooper
LaCountess Ingram
Deborah Nicoletti
Yolanda Robinson
Jessica Warwick
Jessica Zmuida

2015 Recipients

Kathleen Austin
Chloe Bendistis
Angela Cirino
Dana Corley
Catherine Rogers
Jessica Ruiz-Lebron
Michelle Serious
Ashley Slowe
Maya Stewart

2014 Recipients

Suzanne Calabria
Deborah Clarke
Tonya Diggs
Carol Kemm
Rita Marie Pinto
Meghan Spurlock
Autumn Staats
Joi Tolliver
Jessica Zmuida

2013 Recipients

Jill Albright
Esther Andreessen
Theresa Clark
Michelle Gaspari
Nichole Harrison
Cheri Mitchell
Cherry Moragne
Janice Reid-Clarke
Chakeila Smith
Sharon Weeks

2012 Recipients

Constance Carty
Kristen Cashman
Tonya Diggs
Mary Houton
Joy Keys
Vanessa Reed-Price
Autumn Staats
Maureen Starkovich
Mali Thomas

2011 Recipients

Dana Jackson
Sharifa Jones
Mary Jane Massott-Doman
Jessica Mazzeo
Cheri Mitchell
Emily Montalvo
Mary Podgorski
Janet Sparks
Melissa Stewart
Deirdre Young-Bey

2010 Recipients

Michele Buchanan
Freya Chester
Amy Costa
Alexia Daniels
Ravesa Goga
Beth Haines
Vanessa Reed-Price
Nicole Reggia

2009 Recipients

Antoinette Bing
Donna Bonnett
Annette Clark
Michele Louden
Cerise McCall
Stacey Pinkney
Cassandra Summers

2008 Recipients

Josephine DiGregorio
Vicki Duncan
Kathleen Fabrizio
Dana Fink
Joanne Fleming
Kia Joynes
Mylinh Pham
Lori Rohrbach

2007 Recipients

Donna Bonnett
Renay Oberholtzer
Dorothy Reed
NazAarah Sabree
Susan Vinchiarello

2006 Recipients

Mary Dornblaser
Tiffany Green
Kia Joynes
LaDonna Lindsay-Fuller
Brenda Pawlak
Bridget Zarzoso

2005 Recipients

Donna Bonnett
Vanessa Gantt
Diane McCullough
Dorothy Oczkowski
Nyzinga Patterson

2004 Recipients

Edith Aponte
Carla S. Forrest
Deborah Hoffer
Nicole S. Lewis
Lisa Love

2003 Recipients

Julie Dolga
Janice Gerold
Nyzinga Patterson
Brooke Pfeilmeier
Niya Spells

2002 Recipients

Donna Carroll
Carla Forrest
Sheila Highsmith
Deborah Hoffer
Patricia Muraresku
Dorothy Oczkowski

2001 Recipients

Sharon Brown
Tameata Harris
Rupa Raghirsingh
Ruth Rosario
Sacha Williams

2000 Recipients

Connie Fraser
Marilyn Malin
Patricia Muraresku
Rena Rodgers
Janet Rosati
Linda B. Watson

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