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United Way Recognizes Susan Jacobson as 2021 Women United Honoree As Part of Annual Power of the Purse Event

Additional honorees include Erinn Corbett-Wright, Vice President, Charitable Foundation Program Manager at TD Bank, Tess Hart Co-founder & CEO of Triple Bottom Brewing Company and Charisse McGill, Owner at Lokal Artisan Foods


PHILADELPHIA, PA — On December 8 at 5:30 p.m., Susan Jacobson, President of Jacobson Strategic Communications, will be honored with the 2021 Women United Award during United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey's (UWGPSNJ) annual Women United Power of the Purse event. This award is presented annually to a female leader who has given her time, talent, and resources to support the work of United Way throughout the region.

Susan is the president of Jacobson Strategic Communications, a leading Philadelphia-based public relations, public affairs, and crisis management firm that boasts many awards and recognitions, including a spot on the Inc. 5000 for three consecutive years. Prior to starting the firm, Susan oversaw government relations for former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell as Deputy Chief of Staff. Actively engaged in the community, Susan is the Chair of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, serves on the Governor’s Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Vice-Chair of the National PBS Foundation Board, and is a contributor to

“Each year, United Way recognizes the outstanding contributions of women leaders dedicated to changing the lives of others - and Susan is one of those people,” said Bill Golderer, President and CEO of UWGPSNJ. “Her commitment to this region and the opportunities to continue building an equitable future for all has played a critical role in making a measurable difference in the lives of women and families.”

Hosted by Rosemary Connors, Reporter/Anchor at NBC10, Power of the Purse attendees will see firsthand how United Way’s Women United - a networking group bound together by a shared commitment to community and driving change - empowers women and families to build strong, independent lives from cradle to career.


Honorees and Award Recipients:
  • Women United Honoree: Susan Jacobson, President, Jacobson Strategic Communications
  • Next Generation Leader Award Recipient: Erinn Corbett-Wright, Vice President, Charitable Foundation Program Manager at TD Bank
  • Women Entrepreneur Award Recipients: Tess Hart, Cofounder and CEO, Triple Bottom Brewing Company and Charisse McGill, Owner, Lokal Artisan Foods (Home of The French Toast Bites)


In addition to celebrating Award recipients, Women United will recognize the impactful work of the 2021 Women United sponsorship recipients: BankWork$, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and partner agencies Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Tri-County YWCA in Pottstown, and Urban Promise in Camden, NJ.

Sponsors of the 2021 Power of the Purse event include Holman Enterprises; NBC10/ NBC10/Telemundo62; TD Bank; The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia; Jacobson Strategic Communications; PECO; IBC; Atlantic County Utilities Authority; Glenmede; Tierney; J. Lindsay Johnston; PNC; and WSFS Community Foundation.

Tickets are available here. For media interested in attending, please email .

For more information on UWGPSNJ’s mission to end poverty, its 100th anniversary, and COVID-19 resiliency efforts, visit



About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

Celebrating 100 years, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) is on a mission to end poverty and expand opportunity for all by investing in Early Learning, Community Resiliency, Financial Empowerment, and Career Pathways. Serving Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, United Way creates solutions that break the cycle of poverty. As part of a network of independent local non-profit organizations, United Way provides countless ways to give, advocate and volunteer. To learn more, visit

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