Delco chamber holds Women In Leadership lunch

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce will present its third installment of the Women in Leadership Power Lunch. The luncheons empower others to embrace their voices, lead confidently to break glass ceilings and to change the narrative of leadership. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Drexelbrook Special Events Center.

This segment will focus on those who have paved the way in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related fields. Guests will enjoy lunch from 11:30 to noon, which is when the program will be begin. Following the program, guest will have opportunity to take part in a question and answer piece with the panelist.

Steve Highsmith, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Cabrini University, will moderate the panel discussion once again. The former PHL 17 anchor will inform the audience of each panelist background and guide them through questions that provide the audience with an overall understanding of how these successful women made it to where they are today.

“It is an honor to be able to recognize and show our appreciation for the strong women in the STEM industry,” said Trish McFarland, president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, when referring to the Women in Leadership: STEM EDITION panelist. “We are recognizing a movement in this technology driven world and our panelist serve as an outstanding example of the modern STEM industry.”

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the three panelist for the Women in Leadership: STEM Edition luncheon include:

Patrice Banks: Banks is opening up the male-dominated automotive industry, bringing in a fresh perspective to the status quo. Banks opened the Girls Auto Clinic in Upper Darby and for more than 10 years, has wowed crowds presenting engineering results to top level executives.

As a prominent orator, Patrice provides the perfect blend of energy, credibility, humor, grit, and a refreshing realness, to motivate audiences to action, beckoning them to break down barriers, find their purpose and achieve greatness.

Emily Bittenbender: Bittenbender’s career focus has been the design, construction and renovations of public buildings and spaces. Her company, Bittenbender Construction, is making history in Philadelphia and most recently was ranked #2 on the “The List” for Women-Owned Businesses by the Philadelphia Business Journal. In an industry consisting of mainly men, Bittenbender continues to lead by example. One of her most recent high profile projects is Love Park, which will be opening late fall of this year.

Hannah Datz: Datz serves as a Vice President of SAP Hybris, the Consumer Engagement and Commerce division of SAP SE, a global business enterprise software firm.

Over the course of her 10 year career with SAP, she has worked with strategic accounts to drive technology strategy. As the Global Account Director for Under Armour, she was responsible for driving innovation to support Under Armour’s impressive growth, while enduring implementation success of global digital transformation project.


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