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Women’s Leadership Initiative Gala

Eileen McDonnell Join us on March 22 as we present the 2017 Women’s Leadership Initiative Award to Eileen C. McDonnell, chairman and chief executive officer of Penn Mutual.  Eileen joined Penn Mutual in 2008 as its Chief Marketing Officer. Before joining Penn Mutual, she was president of New England Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife, and senior vice president of the Guardian Life Insurance Company.

Eileen is a former member of the Master of Science in Management faculty at The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., where she held the newly endowed chair for Women and Financial Services and was author of “Marketing Financial Services to Women.”

Eileen serves on the Board of Managers of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn Mutual. In 2013, Eileen was named to the board of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE: UHS) and is a member of the Audit Committee. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Vision 2020 and Drexel University LeBow College of Business Center for Corporate Governance Advisory Board. A graduate of Molloy College, Rockville Centre, N.Y., Ms. McDonnell majored in mathematics and computer science, and received an honorary doctor of laws (LL.D.) degree in 2011. She earned her MBA in finance and investments from Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y. and was recognized in 2013 for “Outstanding Service” to the university.

Additionally, during the event, Miriam Shou, of PwC will receive the 2017 Next Generation Leader Award. Presented for the first time during the 2016 Gala, this award recognizes a woman under 35 who has not only accomplished exemplary professional success but also shares a deep commitment to GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER.

2017 Women’s Leadership Initiative Gala

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

5:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m. – Dinner and Awards Program

Crystal Tea Room
100 E. Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19107

$250.00 – Individual Tickets

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