Inspiring Women Series
We are surrounded by inspiring women who are mentoring, leading, and giving back to their communities, often without recognition. In this series, we highlight the awesome women who are making an impact, but are never in the spotlight. Let’s appreciate them together.
Inspiring Women for 2023
A Letter from Jane2023 Woman to WatchAprile ParellaAs we wrap up the 2023 Inspiring Women series,...
Sue Weldon is the founder for Unite for HER, a nonprofit organization providing support to women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancers. As a breast cancer survivor, she knows the importance of having access to prevention services which can be hindered by cost and availability. Unite for HER fills a gap in oncology care by bridging healthcare professionals and patients through education and integrative treatments. With a national presence, Unite for Her provides valuable resources to women who otherwise may not have the means to access them.
Ellyn Herbert has been a certified leadership and team coach for 18 years. In 2004, she founded HERBIZ, a Delaware leadership development coaching company for women. She works with mid and senior-level managers to develop their teams and also works with organizations to create leadership development programs. In addition to her coaching, Ellyn is also an Economic Development Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) where she helps small businesses start, grow, and succeed.
Johanna, a Registered Corporate Coach™, brings her experience in the corporate world to help others reach their fullest potential. With 19 years of coaching experience, she’s dedicated to pushing individuals beyond their limits and bringing more joy into their lives. As a featured blogger for a Fortune 500 company, she has shared her insights with a wide audience. She has also served on councils that fostered open communication between the service organization and managers.
We are thrilled to share about Catherine Lindroth, a pioneering leader, mentor and founder. She has dedicated her career to empowering young people, women, and marginalized communities making meaningful change in the world. She founded the Summer Learning Collaborative and Social Contract. Currently, she is working on two global ventures: ChangeMakers Institute and Eso Terra, both of which focus on fostering consciousness, healing, and self-inquiry among young leaders.
Denée Crumrine is devoted to her community and has a passion for giving back. Not only does she serve on numerous boards and committees, but she also volunteers with organizations such as Exceptional Care for Children and Junior Achievement of Delaware. When she’s not lending a hand to these incredible causes, she’s sharing her immense expertise at Highmark Health where she specializes in Corporate Communications, Community Affairs, and Giving.
Chelsea Clark is the Organizational Culture and communications Director at L&W Insurance. She’s the driving force behind the agency’s internal culture, employee relations, and external communications. L&W Insurance loves giving back to the Delaware community and Chelsea helps make that happen through hosting events that provide support for various Delaware Nonprofit organizations. In her free time, Chelsea is a Charity Liaison for Gals That Give, a nonprofit organization on a mission to cultivate local community nonprofits. Chelsea is also the Chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee at the WRK Group and has worked with other organizations/initiatives like the Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Greater Kent Committee, and Spur Impact. Chelsea truly embodies the spirit of community service and making a difference.
Antonia is dedicated to creating opportunities for women to thrive in the workplace and beyond. She serves on several nonprofit boards including Hot Bread Kitchen, which helps low-income women secure living wage jobs in the food sector, and COHME, which pays home health workers a living wage while providing vital support to families in need. Antonia is also involved with the International Rescue Committee where she provides executive coaching to leaders working to make a difference in the lives of refugees worldwide.
Today, we have the privilege of speaking with Cynthia Robinson, the pastor at New Ark UCC. She’s been nominated by former Delawarian Anne Green, as a dedicated community leader, trusted advisor, and supporter for social justice. She is deeply involved in organizing events and marches that advocate for the dignity and rights of vulnerable and marginalized populations. We’re excited to interview Cynthia about the difference she’s making in her community.
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Inspiring Women for 2022
Introducing our final Inspiring Women of 2022, Emily Dougherty! Emily is the Founder of Embodied Brilliance, which offers Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for self-empowerment and connection.
As we near the end of our Inspiring Women Series of 2022, we’d like to introduce Dr. Kameryn Lee! Dr. Lee is the Founder and Principal of the new Radically Inclusive Consulting Collective, a consulting enterprise that focuses on health equity and medical justice for Black, brown, queer, transgender, and others pushed to the societal margins.
Next up we have Charlotte Miller-Lacy in our Inspiring Women Series of 2022! Charlotte is the Founder and National Executive Director of I Am My Sister’s Keeper, which is a nonprofit with the mission of empowering girls and women to pursue their dreams and passions.
Inspiring Women for 2021
In this interview with our final Top 10 Inspiring Woman for 2021, Sharon Kelly Hake told us about founding nonprofit Great Dames, what fuels her work, and what it means to find work you’re truly passionate about.
In this duo interview, we talked with Vernita Dorsey and LaVante Dorsey. Both amazing women in their own right, this mother/daughter pair talked community, giving back, and family values.
Introducing another Top 10 Inspiring Woman of 2021, Kyra Hoffner! Kyra is a volunteer lobbyist for the League of Women Voters, as well as an advocate for many issues from voting rights to legalization of cannabis, homelessness, and fair districting.
Inspiring Women from 2020
Dr. Teri Quinn Gray is the Technology Operations & Portfolio Manager with DuPont Transportation and Industrial (T&I) business. She is an inspiration to women who want to work in the STEM field.
Rebecca Simeone Lennon created the Graphic Design & Color Print Department at DLS Discovery Creative. Whether it’s photography or designs, she puts her heart and soul into everything she works on.
Jennifer Vitak is an Insurance Agent at Liberty Mutual Insurance and the organizer for Women United. She’s a networking expert and brings a ray of sunshine to every event she’s attending.
Inspiring Women from 2018
I had the pleasure to brand Traci’s company, Madison Real Estate. What’s really impressed me about her is that in 2 years she’s tripled the number of agents. Every day it seems she’s having an open house or congratulating a client on the selling or purchasing of their home. She’s always posting amazing photos to inspire those searching for their dream home. AND, she still has time to go out and network. She knows how to work it — she knows how to work her brand, work the room, build truly meaningful relationships, and she can throw one hell of a party. Everyone who knows her, loves her… myself included.
Every woman-centric event I’ve attended, Antoinette’s name was mentioned as a woman of influence. She is most known as an award-winning blogger (@DelawareBlogger to be precise) and social media guru. She has a weekly podcast and also teaches as an adjunct professor. Other accomplishments include Entrepreneur of the Year Award, featured in several publications like Delaware Today, Woman’s Day, Parade, The Delaware Business Times, and Technical.ly. The most impressive… she’s even on radio! Is there anything this gal can’t do?
Recognized as a DBT40 Honoree from the Delaware Business Times and a Leadership Delaware Scholar is just the tip of the iceberg that is Sarah’s accomplishments. President of the board of Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation (who I have the pleasure of working with on the event committee) and Marketing & Communications Coordinator for Nemours are just a couple more things that this girl juggles. Yet, the thing that impresses me the most is that she rocked the business world and bought a house before even getting married. She stands on her own two feet. This is an amazing individual that is fiercely independent, intelligent, and spends every day connecting people. I am so thrilled that she is receiving recognition so well deserved and I’m proud to call her a friend as she brings positivity wherever she goes.
Inspiring Women from 2016
[Jennifer] has made enormous leaps and bounds as a woman business owner. Just last month she was invited to Amazon headquarters in Seattle, WA by senior management. They chose several women-owned companies who have been successful on their site — and Jennifer was one of them. They also wanted to know more about the launch of her new brand, JennyGems. Wow! This girl knows how to market her products and I’m so thrilled and honored to be apart of the journey.
From her animal fostering, amazing new office design to the rockin’ women’s organization she co-founded along with Amber Shader, she motivates me to grow on both a personal and professional level. She has a killer team of fellow #ladybosses for her company Social Butterfly. On top of all of this, she’s amazing at what she does. I had the opportunity to sit with her on a social media panel… this girl knows her stuff! I love love love how she supports other local businesses — even competitors. Her collaborative and embracing real life and online persona makes her a joy to interact with.
Angela is a ray of sunshine. Always beaming, she makes it her mission to know and help the people she meets along the way. (Apparently we went to the same high school!) She is is the inspiration for changing how I approach marketing — think not what people can do for you but how you can people. She is an excellent teacher on spreading feelings of goodwill and increasing others self-esteem. Angela genuinely wants to see people succeed and I find that energy to be absolutely contagious. She is wonderful to have in your corner. I can’t say enough positive things about her. Simply, she makes you feel good.