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Thank you for supporting our 26th annual

Tribute to Exceptional Women & Girls!

Tribute to Exceptional Women & Girls

YWCA Tri-County Area has celebrated the 26th Annual Tribute to Exceptional Women & Girls!

This year’s gala was held Thursday June 16, 2022 from 5 – 8 PM at the beautiful

Meredith Manor in Chester County, PA.

The evening included keynote speakers, awards, music, testimonials, raffles, drinks, food & more!

Download 2022 Tribute Flyer

Our annual Tribute to Exceptional Women & Girls honors generations of strong, creative, & caring changemakers who lead by example, embrace civic responsibility and demonstrate exceptional leadership.

We invite the public to nominate exceptional women and girls in one of several award categories.

Nominate an Exceptional Woman or Girl for 2022

Meet Our 2022 Nominees!

Exceptional Women Nominees

  • Barbara Auris, Montgomery County Community College
  • Amy Auwaerter, Montgomery County Community College
  • Kelly Buss, Family Matters Home Care
  • Diane Cornman-Levy, Women’s Way
  • Dr. Monica D’Antonio, Norristown Area School District board member
  • Janine Darby, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force board member
  • Margarita Davis-Boyer, Belmont Charter Network
  • Camille Dean, Owen J. Roberts Middle School
  • Casey Fenoglio, Pottstown Hospital/Tower Health
  • Vicki Haller Graff, Reading Theater Project
  • Marie Haigh, Mosaic Community Land Trust
  • Meredith Jacks, Styer Real Estate
  • Crystal Goree Jennings, retired educator
  • Laura Johnson, Pottstown School District board member
  • Brenda Lewis, community volunteer
  • Fazia Khan,  Rayan’s Crayons
  • Kayla Massi, Lafayette College
  • Nicole Keels McGruder, Community Hero Action Group
  • Cherelle Parker, Philadelphia City Council
  • Kerry Pidcock-Lester, First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown
  • Gladys Rodriguez, Community Health and Dental Care
  • Rachel Rogers, marriage and family therapist
  • Danielle Small, Pottsgrove School District librarian
  • Ala Stanford, physician
  • Karen Thompson, Merck Pharmaceuticals
  • Celeste Trusty, Pa. Department of Pardons
  • Gail Wellington, community volunteer
  • Wendy Egolf, Director of Housing Services

Exceptional Girl Nominees

  • Dasani Armstrong, Reading High School
  • Yisette Colon, Norristown High School
  • Celeste Dudek, North Penn School District
  • Lily Guerrette, Pottsgrove High School
  • Qahira Jones, Pottstown Middle School
  • Anna Lignelli, The Hill School
  • Island Saige Lewis, The Sandford School
  • Nicole Lockey, Pottsgrove High School
  • Tyonna Murray, Commonwealth Charter Academy
  • Gianna Padilla, First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School
  • Josephine Podziomek, Owen J. Roberts Middle School
  • Jayonna Richardson, Owen J. Roberts Middle School
  • Sydney Smith, Owen J. Roberts High School
  • Juliet Solensky, Muhlenberg School District
  • Madison Walker, Pottsgrove High School
  • Leyna Johnson, Pottstown Middle School

Join other value-driven partners by investing in YWCA Tri-County Area!

We are seeking meaningful, high impact partnerships that foster learning, growth, and understanding. Your engagement helps us build a stronger generation of leaders that will transform communities.

We know how important it is to support local businesses and would love to promote how much you care about the communities you operate in. Sponsorship can be a strategic positioning tool to increase your visibility and social responsibility profile. Your support drives our mission. This work is important, and we can’t do it alone.

Sponsorship Packet

Our audience includes:

  • Diverse professionals, educators & CEOs
  • Key influencers, changemakers & connectors
  • Movers, shakers, and givers
  • Socially conscious, community minded individuals
  • Passionate people committed to improve the lives of children, women, & families

Women control two-thirds of consumer wealth in the U.S. 92% of women pass on information they learn to others. The average donor spends $200-$600 at events.

Philanthropy can be inclusive! Our sponsorship deck has opportunities at various levels increasing your ability to give.

Don’t see what you need? Contact Advancement@ywcatricountyarea.org for a tailored package.

Thank you to our wonderful 2022 event Sponsors!

Thank you to those who donated items for our raffles!

2022 Sponsorship Opportunities

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Keynote Speakers

Transformational Opportunities:

Inspiring the next generation of change makers

These women are fearless leaders whose impact on women and girls is undeniable. They have the proven ability to inspire others to reach their full potential and understand the value of community. Each person reflects a new unique perspective, passion, drive, and determination that is in alignment with our mission and we are honored to have them as a part of this annual event.

Exceptional Woman Speaker: Keisha Hudson

Keisha Hudson spent nearly eighteen years as a public defender, first with the Defender Association of Philadelphia and then as a capital appellate defender with the Federal Defender-Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Capital Habeas Unit) representing people on death row in their state post-conviction and federal habeas appeals. As a seasoned trial and appellate defender, Ms. Hudson has an in-depth understanding of what it means to be a public defender. At the Capital Habeas Unit, Ms. Hudson was the Director of Training. 

In 2016, Ms. Hudson left the Federal Defender and joined the Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender Officer to become the Deputy Chief Defender. Ms. Hudson joined the Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender with the goal of building and strengthening advocacy in the courtroom. Along with former Chief Defender Dean Beer, Ms. Hudson addressed systemic issues regarding policing, pretrial detention, sentencing, and probation in the county. In four years, Chief Defender Dean Beer and Ms. Hudson built one of the best public defender offices in the state. In 2020, Ms. Hudson worked with The Justice Collaborative and The Appeal, developing and leading advocacy and media campaigns on criminal justice issues- specifically campaigns aimed at looking at creative and successful community alternatives that truly create public safety. From 2020 to 2021 Ms. Hudson was a visiting professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

Exceptional Girl Speaker: Arlene Cadogan

Arlene Cadogan is a 14-year-old entrepreneur who has big ideas for her future. She is the co-owner of Melanin Is Beauty LLC, a cosmetic business she started with her best friend in the summer of 2020 to inspire and empower melanated people. Melanin Is Beauty develops and sells a variety of products including lip gloss, lotion, and body scrubs. They also offer weekly affirmations on their Instagram page to inspire and boost the confidence of their followers.

In addition to being an entrepreneur, Arlene cares deeply about her community. She is a member of The National Charity League which is a mother-daughter organization that supports young girls as they develop confidence and competence through leadership, philanthropy, and cultural experiences. Arlene is an active member of the Black Student Union at her high school. Lastly, Arlene has been dancing for 12 years and currently studies lyrical, jazz, ballet, and hip hop at Macrina Academy of Dance.

Arlene is completing her freshman year at Methacton High School. She resides in Audubon, PA with her parents, sister Audrey, and brother Steven. She loves to swim, travel, and bake.

Exceptional Woman Speaker: Jenna Armato

Jenna became a certified coach and trainer in 2018 with the mission to facilitate growth in the lives of others.

She works with individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations in Leadership Development, Growth & Resilience, and Effective Communications. 

Jenna works with clients virtually and in person to equip them with tools, training and strategies to uncover and identify opportunities for growth and to create new results in their lives in their organizations, and in their communities. 

Certified in both DISC and EQ, Jenna helps people leverage behavioral and emotional awareness of themselves and others to increase effectiveness and strengthen connection, collaboration, and communication at home, at work and in the community. 

Prior to becoming a coach and trainer, Jenna spent 20 years working in the advertising and marketing industries developing strategies in customer experience, relationship development, content, commerce, and engagement both online and offline. 

She combines her passion and expertise in growth facilitation with her extensive marketing background and often works with entrepreneurs helping them develop strategies, processes, and systems to expand their businesses and their impact.

Jenna is a John Maxwell certified Coach, Speaker and Trainer, a DISC and EQ certified Consultant, a Faculty Member of the Empowered Living Teaching Team, and one of 4 Executive Coaches selected by Paul Martinelli, Co-Founder of the John Maxwell Team, to serve his Results and Elite Mastermind Communities.  

Jenna serves as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia American Marketing Association, serves on the Board of TriCounty Community Network and on the President’s Advisory Council for the John Maxwell Team. She is a member of the Pottstown Rotary Club and serves as the Director of Leadership Development for the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce. 

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