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Women of Influence

Nominations are open for 2023!

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 also be honoring Women to Watch, who are women under the age of 35, and The Circle of Excellence who are women of longstanding, notable success in the community and are leading the way for other women.

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When

Tuesday, June 27, 2023
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Where

Hilton Harrisburg
North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101 United States

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, 2023

*Please note that starting in 2023 nominations will cost $20. 

2023 Women of Influence Nomination

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 display outstanding professional acumen, community involvement and commitment to positive change.

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 CPBJ editorial board.

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.

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: Friday, March 17, 2023
  • 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 Central Pennsylvania. 

How often can I be considered? 

Women can be honored every other year but not two consecutive years.

Who are the judges and what are they looking for when selecting the Women of Influence?

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, longstanding, notable success in the community and are leading the way for other women.  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.

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

Catherine Azeles
Conrad Siegel

Diane Baker
PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company

Susan Bruce
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Lindsey Cook
Barley Snyder

Christine Cronkright
Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Leigh Dalton
Stock and Leader, Attorneys at Law

Jacquelin Eby
Versatek Enterprises LLC

Maria Elliott
Barley Snyder

CyndiLou Foster
High Hotels, Ltd.

Katia Frock
PFM Asset Management LLC

Christina Hoffman
Donegal Insurance Group

Cheryl Hornung
Caitlin’s Smiles Inc.

Jacqueline Hower
Zimmerman’s Automotive Tire Pros

Audra Hunter
Pennian Bank

Erin Letavic
Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG)

Meredith Mills
Country Meadows Retirement Communities and Ecumenical Retirement Community

Michelle Mowrer
Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Nakesha Muldrow
WellSpan Health

Christine Nentwig
CGA Law Firm

Kathryn Palisoc
UPMC Memorial Hospital

Darla Perdue
Vibra Healthcare

Christy Pierce
Highmark

Kim Pizzingrilli
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Gennifer Richie
Odessa Design, Inc.

Fina Salvo
Boyer & Ritter LLC

Mary Grace Simcox
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Stephane Smith
RKL LLP

Niki Williams
uFinancial Group/MassMutual

Krista Wolfe
Central Penn College

Women to Watch

Ashley Hershey
Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz (BSSF)

Alexandra Patterson
Mercersburg Academy

Jenna Reitz
Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Christi Renno
Mid Penn Bank

Circle of Excellence

Alison Bernhardt
UPMC in Central Pa.

Gail D’Angelo
M&T Bank

Karen Kenderdine
Mid Penn Bank

Amy Beamer Murray
Pavone Marketing Group, Inc.

Linda Tedford
Susquehanna Chorale

Miriam Witmer
Millersville University

Women of Influence

Catherine Azeles
Conrad Siegel

Diane Baker
PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company

Susan Bruce
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Lindsey Cook
Barley Snyder

Christine Cronkright
Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Leigh Dalton
Stock and Leader, Attorneys at Law

Jacquelin Eby
Versatek Enterprises LLC

Maria Elliott
Barley Snyder LLP

CyndiLou Foster
High Hotels, Ltd.

Katia Frock
PFM Asset Management LLC

Christina Hoffman
Donegal Insurance Group

Cheryl Hornung
Caitlin’s Smiles Inc.

Jacqueline Hower
Zimmerman’s Automotive Tire Pros

Audra Hunter
Pennian Bank

Erin Letavic
Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG)

Meredith Mills
Country Meadows Retirement Communities and Ecumenical Retirement Community

Michelle Mowrer
Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Nakesha Muldrow
WellSpan Health

Christine Nentwig
CGA Law Firm

Kathryn Palisoc
UPMC Memorial Hospital

Darla Perdue
Vibra Healthcare

Christy Pierce
Highmark

Kim Pizzingrilli
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Gennifer Richie
Odessa Design, Inc.

Fina Salvo
Boyer & Ritter LLC

Mary Grace Simcox
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Stephane Smith
RKL LLP

Niki Williams
uFinancial Group

Krista Wolfe
Central Penn College

Women to Watch

Ashley Hershey
Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz (BSSF)

Alexandra Patterson
Mercersburg Academy

Jenna Reitz
Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Christi Renno
Mid Penn Bank

Circle of Excellence

Alison Bernhardt
UPMC in Central Pa.

Gail D’Angelo
M&T Bank

Karen Kenderdine
Mid Penn Bank

Amy Beamer Murray
Pavone Marketing Group, Inc.

Linda Tedford
Susquehanna Chorale

Dr. Miriam Marguerita Gomez Witmer
Millersville University

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