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Women of Influence

Event Date: June 23

Women of Influence identifies high-achieving women for their tremendous career accomplishments. The Women of Influence honorees are selected based on professional experience, community involvement and a commitment to mentoring.  In addition to our Women of Influence awards, we will be honoring Women to Watch which honors women 35 years old and younger.

The Circle of Excellence honorees are women of longstanding, notable success in the community who are leading the way for other women.  These women are selected by the editors of the CPBJ.

Nomination Deadline: March 18, 2022


The Central Penn Business Journal Women of Influence awards recognize high-achieving women who are making a positive impact through leadership, community service and mentoring. This year CPBJ also will recognize Women to Watch –  honoring women leaders, age 35 or younger, who are stepping up to help shape the Central Pennsylvania of tomorrow through professional success and a commitment to making a positive impact on the community.

Circle of Excellence honorees are women of longstanding, notable success in the community who are leading the way for other women. These women are selected by the editors of CPBJ.

Who should be nominated?

You know and admire her. She’s the woman who never fails to exceed expectations – at work and beyond. No matter how many tasks she juggles, she makes it look easy. She always makes time to mentor others and creates a picture of what’s possible by leading by example.

The same woman can be nominated every other year but she will not be selected for back-to-back years.

Don’t miss this chance to recognize her for her inspirational leadership and extraordinary accomplishments – nominate her for CPBJ Women of Influence or Women to Watch! 

For questions about nominations, please contact our events team at [email protected]

Nomination deadline: March 18, 2022

*Please note that starting in 2022 nominations will cost $10. 

2022 Women of Influence Nomination

  • Please list the nominee's email address, not the email address of the individual filling out the form.
  • Once the nomination form is submitted, an email will be sent to your nominee with the application link. The application must be completed to be considered for Wome of Influence.
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How can I be considered for the Women of Influence award?

Nominations can be made by anyone, including yourself. An application is automatically emailed to all nominees and must be completed in order to be considered for this award. A letter of recommendation is not required, but is strongly encouraged to assist the judges in making their decision.

To be eligible, applicants must live in or work in one of the following counties Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry at the time of judging.

How often can I be considered? 

Women can be honored every other year but not two consecutive years. If a woman is awarded for the third time, (which would take six years) they have the opportunity to be inducted into the Circle of Excellence.


Who are the judges and what are they looking for when selecting the Top 100 Women?

A panel of judges consisting of business professionals and past winners from across central Pennsylvania select the Women of Influence. It is essential that the candidate prove a combination of excelling at all three levels–professionally, in the community and with mentoring. It is helpful to have at least one letter of recommendation from someone that can speak to all three of these achievements.

Do the judges evaluate differently for the Circle of Excellence?

The Circle of Excellence is awarded for sustained achievement and those women who have won two times prior are eligible. The judges are asked to be extremely selective at this stage and look for continued involvement in all key areas with a demonstration that they are still actively involved and proactive.

Should I have a letter of recommendation sent?

Past judges have told us that the letter(s) of recommendation is helpful particularly when they are not familiar with the candidate. Up to 3 letters of recommendations can be emailed to [email protected]. Please save all letters of recommendation as PDFs labeled with your name (or organization) led by the category or event you are being nominated for. The letter will be paired to your application when it is received.

Do the winners have to say something?

Winners do not speak live during the event, but will be contacted to be profiled in a multi-media video that will be aired during the event. 

I’m a Women of Influence award winner, what now? 

Sit tight, a member of our team will contact you soon with any additional details.

If I’m a winner, do I need to purchase a ticket?

You do not need to purchase a ticket for yourself as an honoree. All other attendees must purchase a ticket. Sponsorship packages are available to purchase for those wanting large groups of tickets and additional benefits.

Can I buy an ad in the publication?

The Women of Influence program is supported through sponsorships. The ads you see in the magazine are part of the sponsorship packages. Please email [email protected].

I bought a ticket but I don’t see it? 

Remember, tickets can only be opened on one device, if you open it on your phone but then try to open it on your computer it will not work. 

Remember, tickets can only be opened on one device, if you open it on your phone but then try to open it on your computer it will not work.

Contact [email protected] if you have any questions or issues. 

Women of Influence:

Marissa Bankert Central Pennsylvania Independent Electrical Contractors

Gina Breslin North Group Consultants

Kimberly Brister WellSpan Health

Sara Bruton Simon Lever

Gina Casner The Casner Group at Iron Valley Real Estate of Central PA

Susan M. Cort JPL

Sherry M. Cracium-Bolin Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz

Kimberly J. Decker Barley Snyder

Devon DiBiase Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Margaret “Mieke” Driscoll CGA Law Firm

Stacy Durbin Pennian Bank

Susan R. Ewing-Rathfon Crescent Strategy LLC

Kathleen Pearson Fabrizi PennState Schuylkill

Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams Central Penn College

Sue Fornicola New Hope Ministries

Jenny Gallagher Blom The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region

Kelli Gift PaySmart Payroll Services

Denise DelGrosso Gilliland Pink Power

Marissa Graby Hoover Penn State Harrisburg

Kathy Gutierrez RKL LLP

Judith L. Hoar Trout CPA

Jennifer Hollister The Jennifer Hollister Group

Donna K. Holloway Hershey Lodge, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

Jennifer Hynes TEAMCare Behavioral Health

Andrea Karns Karns Foods

Rebecca Korn Rise Reign Rule

Theresa S. Kwayi Harley-Davidson

Jeannette Magaro Storytelling Marketing Communications

Emily Mikus The GIANT Company

Laura Stedenfeld Omnes

Rhodia D. Thomas MidPenn Legal Services

Vicki I. Turjan Versatile Credit Inc.

Kimbarley Williams Boyer & Ritter LLC

Ashley A. Wise Conrad Siegel

Women to Watch:

Lindsay Berkstresser Post & Schell P.C.

Olivia B. Surry Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Casey VanFleet Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

Emma Watson American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Meghan Zook The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region

Circle of Excellence

Maura Donley SO Tactics

Janet R. Donovan Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA

Helen L. Gemmill McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Amy Helmuth UPMC Pinnacle

Carol McKinley Simpson Senior Services DBA Simpson

Jacquelyn Summers Penn-Mar Human Services