There’s a growing trend in Philadelphia: Women in positions of power. With an ever-growing pool of educated, experienced, and highly qualified women in the workforce, more high level positions are being filled by women in the City of Brotherly Love.
It’s a well known fact throughout history that traditionally, men are the leaders in America. From the Founding Fathers to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, women are rarely seen in positions of power in this country. In fact, only 35 of Fortune 1000 company’s CEO positions are held by women. But Philadelphia, it seems, wants to change that.
Typically known for their insane sports fans and cheesesteaks, Philadelphia is now standing out as a city that not only welcomes business women in a variety of industries, but empowers them to succeed by providing recognition of their successes, as well as various programs designed to help women further their careers and education.
For example, the Women Take Charge event features prominent women professionals in the business world. By highlighting their accomplishments and how women have caused change in the world around them, this event inspires other female professionals in their careers and in their lives.
The Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce also hosts and presents the Paradigm Award, which is given to a singular woman in business whose achievements and actions serve as a model for success. The Paradigm award has also grown to include a scholarship program aimed specifically at working women. This scholarship helps women complete their undergraduate degrees while working full time. Programs like these have earned Philadelphia much respect and admiration in their mission to help women to succeed in the working world.
The city itself isn’t the only entity that’s helping women to succeed in the area. There are also organizations and programs that aim to inspire and help women to succeed in the workplace – and recognize those who do.
Smart CEO is one such organization. For more than a decade, Smart CEO has been leading the charge in helping CEOs and industries tell their stories. As an exclusive community of business executives, they also help to empower women CEOs through their Brava! Awards program. This program celebrates top female CEOs who truly stand out, combining their leadership in business with passion for their communities.
One such executive, Deb Moses-Elton of VerisVisalign, was selected as one of the 2013 Brava! Award winners. The executive says “Smart CEO creates an atmosphere of excellence and ambition with this award, and being recognized in the company of this memorable, hard-working, and ambitious group of women is breath-taking.” As founder of her company, a Certified Women’s Business Entrepreneur, and Chairperson of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Speaker’s Association, Moses-Elton exemplifies the women in power that Philadelphia is encouraging.
As a result, Philadelphia has attracted women to positions of power in the city’s top companies. Out of the top ten most well-known companies in the region, three are headed by women. Sunoco, led by Lynn Laverty Elsenhans, Campbell's Soup, led by Denise M. Morrison, and DuPont Co, led by Ellen Kullman.
With these and other companies in the area placing women in positions of power, combined with programs of inspiration, recognition, and empowerment, Philadelphia has become a prime area for businesswomen to succeed.