The Southeast Pennsylvania-Southern New Jersey Market of the March of Dimes just revealed the four women it will honor from Chester County in its annual Salute to Women of Achievement.
The honorees were officially announced at a reception held at the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood, PC in West Chester, PA on Thursday, June 15, 2017. All four honorees have made Chester County a better place to live and work while raising important funds for the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies.
The 2017 Salute to Women of Achievement honorees are:
Ellen Ann Roberts Business Award: Karen Flynn, Senior Vice President, West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.
Health Award: Barbara Wadsworth, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Main Line Health
Public Service Award: Karen Simmons, CEO & President, Chester County Community Foundation
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Lou Enoches, Owner, La Difference Salon
Leading the honoree announcements was Chairperson Shari Kruzinski, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, WSFS Bank.
Gawthrop Greenwood, PC was especially pleased to host the event, given the very personal ties one of its partners has with the March of Dimes.
“My own daughter Jackie was born premature, so we are grateful to the March of Dimes for the research and treatment it provides to help preemies survive,” says Gawthrop Greenwood partner Stacey Fuller, who chairs sponsorship outreach for the Salute to Chester County Women of Achievement.
The honorees will be celebrated at the Chester County Salute to Women of Achievement, October 18, 2017, at Aronimink Golf Club. For more information on that event, contact Robert Smoose at email@example.com.
More on each honoree:
Ellen Ann Roberts Business Award:
Karen Flynn, Senior Vice President, West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.
Karen Flynn is a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, the Forum of Executive Women, serves on the Downingtown STEM Academy Advisory Board and is a member of the Chester County Economic Development Council’s Board of Directors. According to Eric Green, president and CEO of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., Flynn is a remarkable leader who has earned the respect of West customers and her colleagues through perseverance, integrity and approachability.
Barbara Wadsworth, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Main Line Health
Barbara Wadsworth has more than 30 years of executive nursing experience. Under her leadership, Main Line Health history was made when the American Nurses Credentialing Center announced that MLH became one of only 22 health systems nationwide to achieve Magnet status. Wadsworth vibrantly leads almost 3,000 nurses across Main Line Health. She has continued to advance her own professional development while also serving on numerous boards and participating with many non-profits, such as the American Heart Association, Red Bird Mission Inc, Livestrong 5K, Habitat for Humanity , Susan G. Komen walk and the March of Dimes March for Babies.
Public Service Award:
Karen Simmons, CEO & President, Chester County Community Foundation
The best way to introduce Karen Simmons is by paraphrasing one of the many comments sent with her nomination. “I enthusiastically support Karen’s nomination. I have known Karen for 25 years back to the days when she was the Executive Director of the LaSalle University Nonprofit Center. I was thrilled she brought her many talents to the Chester County Community Foundation. Under her leadership, the Foundation has succeeded in not only growing philanthropic resources for the community, she has fostered a vision for the community that brings together community leaders, philanthropic leaders and service providers to solve larger community problems.”
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Mary Lou Enoches, Owner, La Difference Salon
When the discussion about a possible Lifetime Honoree started, one name was placed into nomination, Mary Lou Enoches. She has given so much to the Chester County Community over the years both to non-profits and to businesses in the community. She is a consummate professional and community leader. Enoches was always available when someone needed help and always took that leadership role. She is a positive example to everyone.