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Panel 1: An Historical Look at Active Women’s Citizenry


Tracy Davidson

Morning Anchor for NBC10 News Today, weekdays from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Panel 1 Moderator

Tracy joined NBC10 in 1996 and has served as both an anchor and consumer reporter. She has been honored with 12 Emmy Awards, including the Best News Anchor Emmy for the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2008 and 2013.

Over the last 20 years, Tracy has represented the station at hundreds of community and charity events throughout Greater Philadelphia. Among her numerous awards for commitment to the community are the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey 2019 Women United Award; the Women Organized Against Rape Carol Johnson Humanitarian Award; the March of Dimes Roosevelt Award for Service to Humanity; and the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project Hero Award.

Her board service includes: Board of Visitors for the Lew Klein College of Media & Communications at Temple University; Board of Directors for Philabundance; and co-chair of the Communication Committee for Vision 2020.

Tracy is a motivational speaker and is currently presenting a series of retreats for women called Lifting Your Voice.  She freely shares her breast cancer survival story with her message: “Don’t Wait.”

She earned a Religious Studies Certificate from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and a Masters in Holistic Spirituality from Chestnut Hill College.

Twitter: @tracydavidson
Instagram: @tracydavidsonnbc10

Angela P. Dodson

Author of Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box


Angela has served as senior editor for The New York Times and executive editor of Black Issues Book Review. She is CEO of Editorsoncall LLC and most recently worked as a contributing editor for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. She has written and edited newspaper and magazine articles and now edits and ghost writes books.

In addition to Remember theLadies, Angela wrote an introduction to a new edition of Jailed for Freedom: A First-Person Account of the Militant Fight for Women’s Rights, by Doris Stevens, first published in 1920. She has worked on such books as In Charge: Finding the Leader in You, by Myles Munroe, He Is Risen: Reflections on Easter and the Forty Days of Lent, by Richard Abanes, and Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority, by Tom Burrell.

Angela is a journalism graduate of Marshall University and earned a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs at American University.

Amisha “Amy” Padnani

New York Times obituaries editor and creator of the “Overlooked” series


Elaine Weiss

Author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote


Elaine is a Baltimore-based journalist and author whose most recent book, The Woman’s Hour, has won critical acclaim from the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and The New Yorker, hailed as a “riveting, nail-biting political thriller” with powerful parallels to today’s political environment. The Woman’s Hour was a GoodReads Readers’ Choice Award winner, short-listed for the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, and received the American Bar Association’s highest honor, the 2019 Silver Gavel Award.

Steven Speilberg’s Amblin production company is adapting the book for TV, with Hillary Rodham Clinton serving as Executive Producer.

Elaine’s byline has appeared in many national publications, as well as in reports for National Public Radio. Her long-form writing garnered a Pushcart Prize Editor’s Choice award, and she is a proud MacDowell Colony Fellow. Her feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Panel 2: Women’s Leadership in Our Time


Deborah Brittain

Former president of the Association of Junior Leagues International


Carrie Freeman

CO-COO of SecondMuse


Lucy Gettman

Executive Director of Women in Government


Signe Wilkinson

Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist


Lynn Perry Wooten, PhD

Incoming President of Simmons University (as of July 1, 2020)


Lynn is currently Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations at Dyson School of Cornell University. Prior to joining Cornell, she was on the faculty at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business for almost two decades.

Lynn’s current research bridges theory and practice and focuses on positive organizing routines, diversity management practices, and crisis leadership. Her research has been published in notable journals and she is the co-author of Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis.

Lynn received her PhD from the University of Michigan; her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University; and her BS from North Carolina A&T State University.

Panel 3: The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equality: Leadership for the Future


Renée T. White, PhD

Provost of Wheaton College in Massachusetts


Jean Chatzky

Founder of HerMoney Media


Jean launched HerMoney Media and in 2018 to provide women with information about money they can actually trust. The award-winning financial editor of NBC Today, Jean has made numerous TV appearances, including Oprah, MSNBC, CNN, The View, and The Talk. Millions have tuned into her podcast, HerMoney with Jean Chatzky, which has received praise from The New York Times, Yahoo Finance and Refinery29.

The best-selling author of 11 books and an in-demand motivational speaker, Jean is also AARP’s Financial Ambassador and a fierce advocate for financial literacy. In 2015, she partnered with the PwC Charitable Foundation and Time for Kids to launch Your $, an in-school magazine that reaches 2 million school children each month.

Her most recent book is Women with Money: The Judgement-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve.

Stephanie J. Hull, PhD

President and CEO of Girls Inc.


Girls Inc. delivers life-changing programs and experiences to more than 132,000 girls through a network of 80 local organizations across the U.S. and Canada. The organization inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc. also advocates for policy and culture change to strengthen opportunities for girls and improve the conditions in which all girls are growing up.

Under Stepahnie’s leadership, the Girls Inc. network is expanding into new high-need communities and developing new partnerships with schools to bring its proven programming experience to more girls.

Stepahnie has long been a leader in education and a women’s advocate. She previously served as executive vice president and COO at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Before that, she was head of the Brearley School, an all-girls school located in New York City. Earlier, Stephanie was a faculty member and administrator at Mount Holyoke and Dartmouth Colleges.

Among the nonprofit organzations she has supported as a volunteer are Professional Children’s School (board member); Code Nation, which equips students in underresourced high schools with the skills needed for careers in technology; and Humanity in Action, which educates and connects young people who seek to become leaders on issues related to human and minority rights. 

Stephanie holds a PhD from Harvard University and BA from Wellesley College.

Erin Vilardi

Founder and CEO of Vote Run Lead


Vote Run Lead is the nation’s largest and most diverse training program for women to run for office and win. Erin launched Vote Run Lead when she was vice president of program and communications at The White House Project.

Erin has served as a leadership development consultant for a range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, global girls’ initiatives and the U.S. Department of State, reaching women leaders in a dozen international cities.

She has appeared on the mainstage at Personal Democracy Forum, on CNN, BBC, and Fox News. Her work has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, New York Magazine. She also has been quoted in numerous international and domestic articles on women and leadership.

VIP Reception


Eileen C. McDonnell

Chairman and CEO of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company


Eileen joined Penn Mutual in 2008 as its chief marketing officer. Previously she was president of New England Financial and senior vice president of the Guardian Life Insurance Company.

In 2020 she has been recognized by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce with the Paradigm Award and by Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania with the Take the Lead award. In 2019 she received the Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership from Women Corporate Directors. In 2017, she was inducted into the Business Excellence Institute’s Business Hall of Fame in Dublin, Ireland and received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year, Greater Philadelphia award in the area of Transformation.

Eileen majored in mathematics and computer science, and received an honorary degree from Molloy College. She earned an MBA in finance and investments from Adelphi University.