Paradigm Award

The most prestigious award for professional women in Greater Philadelphia
executives, elected officials, business owners and civic leaders in attendance at the 2018 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.



Past Winners


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


Juliet J. Goodfriend
Strategic Marketing Corporation


Marilyn Ware
American Water Works Company, Inc.


Judith von Seldeneck
President and CEO
Diversified Search Companies


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

About the 2018 Honoree

Wendy Hamilton headshot

Wendy Hamilton
General Manager, SugarHouse Casino

Wendy Hamilton serves as the general manager of SugarHouse Casino, where she oversees 1,500 fantastic Team Members and all day-to-day operations, including the property’s gaming repertoire – comprised of 1,891 slot machines, 103 table games and a 28 table poker room – seven food and beverage venues and The Event Center. In addition to managing all property amenities, Hamilton also supervises all human resources, marketing and finance functions.

The all-new, bigger, better SugarHouse, which expanded in 2016, features several new restaurant and bar options, including Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House of Chicago’s renowned Gibsons Restaurant Group, Mian noodle bar, Tacconelli’s Pizzeria, Geno’s Steaks, Saxbys Coffee and Fishtown Hops beer garden. The Event Center, a 30,000 square foot event space with views of the Delaware River waterfront, has quickly become a favorite destination for headliner music, comedy and boxing, as well as weddings and other private events. Other additions include an expanded poker room and a seven-story free parking garage.

Under Hamilton’s leadership, SugarHouse has long been the title sponsor of notable city events like the New Year’s Eve fireworks and the Mummers Parade, and has also contributed more than $8 million to local community organizations, including the Penn Treaty Special Services District.

Since the property opened in 2010, Hamilton and the SugarHouse team have received many awards. Most recently, Hamilton was selected to receive the 2018 Paradigm Award from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. The Paradigm is the most prestigious award for professional women in Greater Philadelphia.

Hamilton was also named a 2017 Emerging Icon by The Philadelphia Inquirer for her outstanding leadership and dedication to making positive community impacts. In 2015, she was honored with the PAL Award from the Police Athletic League and the Cornerstone Award from SmartCEO for corporate leadership.

In addition to these honors, Hamilton has earned numerous leadership awards honoring women, including the “Woman Who Empowers Us Award” from 95.7 BenFM, the “Women’s Achievement Award” from KYW Newsradio, and the “Great Women of Gaming Award” from Casino Enterprise Management.

Under Hamilton’s leadership, SugarHouse has been voted a “Best Place to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal for seven consecutive years and a “Top Workplace” by for six straight years. Both honors are the result of Team Member voting.

Outside of the casino, Hamilton is an active community leader serving on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia and Visit Philadelphia.

A Philadelphia native, Hamilton received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Duke University and earned a Master of Business Administration in finance from Saint Joseph’s University.

Hamilton spent her early career with Harrah’s Entertainment, starting as a hotel guest service representative and eventually advancing to assistant general manager at Caesars Atlantic City. Prior to joining the SugarHouse team, she opened and served as general manager of Parx Casino outside of Philadelphia.

Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women

awarded since 2000

The Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women, presented in conjunction with the Paradigm Award, is a merit-based scholarship that is awarded annually to women who are working toward an undergraduate degree.

Past Scholarship Recipients

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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