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For more than 20 years YWCA Tri-County Area has honored exceptional women, and our Tribute to Exceptional Women (held the last Thursday in March each year) has become our signature event. But exceptional women were once exceptional girls, and this event, just for girls, honors the next generation of strong, creative, and caring female leaders.

Satuday, May 4th, 2019

2019 Awards Categories

Event Details

The Hill School Center for the Arts

766 Beech St, Pottstown, PA 19464

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10:15 AM Welcome and Brunch Served

11:00 AM Keynote Address by Andrea Garner

11:20 AM Awards Presentations (by age group)

Andrea Garner

Andrea Garner was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. She attended Ivy Leaf Elementary School and J.R. Masterman for middle and high school. Throughout high school she earned numerous awards for her athletic and academic excellence and became the first and only student-athlete from Masterman High School to earn a full four-year athletic scholarship to a Division I University.  Andrea accepted an athletic scholarship to play basketball at The Pennsylvania State University where she was a four-year starter for the women’s team. She earned even more accolades during her collegiate career including an All-Big Ten selection and Academic All-Big Ten selection three out of her four years, a District Kodak All-American and a GTE Academic All-American. She also won the prestigious Top VIII award that honors the top 8 student athletes in all sports that have shown excellence in academics, athletics, and leadership. Andrea graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. degree in Business Marketing. Upon graduation, Andrea was drafted to the Houston Comets and also played for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA. She played professionally in the US and abroad before ending her basketball career in 2005.

Being involved in sports for a large portion of her life she decided to go back to school to become a Physical Education teacher. She attended Eastern University where she received her teaching certification in PE and middle-years mathematics and a MEd in Multicultural Education in 2009. She began teaching Physical Education at Mastery Charter Thomas Campus in 2007 and was the assistant coach for the boys’ junior varsity team from 2007 to 2010. In 2011 she became the school’s athletic director and Extra-Curricular Supervisor and is in her seventh year serving as a board member on the PIAA District XII committee in Philadelphia. Andrea has been able to do what most people dream in combining her passion for sports into a successful and fulfilling career in education.

In 2011, Andrea founded two programs at Mastery Charter School – Thomas Campus, Developing Independent Virtuous Adults (DIVAs) and Molding Gentlemen of Distinction (MGD). Both programs are mentoring organizations which focus on the growth and development of leadership skills amongst high school students with the power of influence, with a foundation of service and sisterhood/brotherhood.

In efforts to impact more young people throughout Philadelphia, Andrea started the nonprofit Inspiring Minds of Greater Philadelphia (IM) to expand the DIVAs and MGD programming to other schools and currently have programming in three high schools in Philadelphia serving over 150 students each year. In addition, IM hosts summer enrichment camps for elementary students to provide opportunities to participate in nontraditional sports, art exploration, community service, STEM disciplines and literary workshops. This program surrounds students with positive mentors aiming to develop character, community pride, self-awareness and leadership skills.

Throughout her personal life and professional career, she has strived to be a tangible example of what true leadership looks like in her community and in her home. She has mentored hundreds of students and is the mother of two amazing children. Her life’s mission is to provide opportunities to youth that will help them unlock their gifts, discover their passions, and live with purpose.