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CEO for the Girl Scouts of the United States Sylvia Acevedo and CEO for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Kim Fraites-Dow to have a formal interview at Society of Professional Women

Wayne, Pa. – November 7, 2019 The Society of Professional Women (SPW), a program of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, will host its Trademark Event with Sylvia Acevedo and Kim Fraites-Dow on Thursday, November 14th at the Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne from 11am-1:30pm.   

Global organizations can face multiple challenges between the elements of culture, communication, goals, budgeting, unexpected events and more. This interview will share two successful national and local leaders’ perspective on how to work together successfully. Learn what the organization is doing now and how it is evolving.  

Sylvia Acevedo was appointed CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA in May 2017, coming full circle from her youth as a Girl Scout in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her interest in STEM subjects would lead her to a career as a rocket scientist, engineer, technology executive, and award-winning STEM entrepreneur. She was one of the first Hispanic students, male or female, to earn a graduate engineering degree from Stanford University—an MS in industrial engineering—and she holds a bachelor of science degree with honors in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University. Sylvia is the author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, a memoir for middle school students that inspires readers to live the lives of their dreams.

Kim E. Fraites-Dow is the CEO for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. Integral to her success has been Kim’s leadership in recruiting key personnel, leading critical change management, building collaboration across diverse teams of people, and developing relationships across GSEP’s 9-county footprint. Together with the Board, staff and volunteers, GSEP earned Top Ten status nationally for girl and adult membership, stabilizing and growing membership locally during a period of national membership decline. Additionally, GSEP’s contributed revenue has increased double digit percentages during her tenure. She has recently been recognized as one of the Philadelphia Business Journals Most Admired CEOs in 2018 and was previously recognized as a Woman of Distinction in 2015.

SPW Trademark Events typically range from 150-250 attendees and include valuable networking opportunities prior to and at the conclusion of the program. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.spwmainline.com.  

In its 98th year, The Main Line Chamber of Commerce connects with Business, Leadership Development and Talent, on behalf of its more than 950 member companies.  

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National Women’s Hall of Fame Recipient and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People to speak at Society of Professional Women

Wayne, Pa. – May 13, 2019 The Society of Professional Women (SPW), a program of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, will host its Trademark Event with Dr. Temple Grandin on Thursday, June 13th at DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in King of Prussia from 11am-1:30pm.

In her upcoming presentation “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds,” Dr. Grandin will cover different ways in which people think and how they can collaborate through her unique perspective of having Autism. She did not speak until she was three and half years old and is currently a prominent author and speaker on both Autism and animal behavior. Today Dr. Grandin is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare.  

President of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce Bernard Dagenais said, “Dr. Grandin’s life was featured in a powerful HBO documentary and we feel fortunate to have her at our event, in part to help add to the understanding of learning differences in school and at work.”

Dr. Grandin has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR) and a BBC Special- “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow.” She has also appeared on National TV shows such as Larry King Live, 20/20, 60 Minutes, Fox and Friends, and gave a 2010 TED talk. Articles about Dr. Grandin have appeared in Time Magazine, The New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes and USA Today. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and more.

Director of SPW Nicole Stephenson said, “This program takes great pride in serving our mission to accelerate the advancement and expand the influence of women leaders in all professions and generations, strengthen our business community and support the region’s non-profit organizations. Through that mission of supporting women, we also advocate for a workplace that values people for what they can do – respecting differences in color, nationality, sexual orientation and learning differences.”

SPW Trademark Events typically range from 150-250 attendees, and includes valuable networking opportunities prior to and at the conclusion of the program. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit our website: www.spwmainline.com.

In its 98th year, The Main Line Chamber of Commerce connects with Business, Leadership Development and Talent, on behalf of its more than 950 member companies.

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“Defining Decade: 2019 Soars SPW Out Of This World”

Wayne, Pa. – November 5, 2018 The Society of Professional Women (SPW), a program of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, has announced its line-up of speakers and topics for 2019. The 6 Trademark Events include a former NASA astronaut,successful entrepreneurs, award-winning authors, the Phillie Phanatic, and an educator and activist.   SPW has continually provided programming that addresses the issues facing our society while empowering men and women to be advocates for women to advance in the workplace,” said Nicole Stephenson, Director of SPW. “Over the last decade, we have been able to evolve our program based on community needs and provide engaging content to develop, invest and retain professionals. Our focus continues to be on valuable peer connections and relationship building opportunities.” Programming in 2019 includes:

  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Drexelbrook Catering and Special Events Center in Drexelbrook, 11am-1:30pm

Be Bold: Navigate, Adapt and Master The Workplace Presented by Dr. Rhea Seddon, Author, Speaker and Former NASA Astronaut

  •  Thursday, February 21, 2019 at The Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova, 11am-1:30pm

The Brand of Your Business and You! Presented by Tiffanie Stanard, Technology Influencer, Speaker and Entrepreneur

  •  Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, 5pm-7:30pm

How Leaders Can Use Phanatic-Style Loving Principles to Generate Customer and Employee Loyalty Presented by Tom Burgoyne, Author, Speaker and Phillie Phanatic

  •  Thursday, June 13, 2019 at DoubleTree by Hilton in King of Prussia, 11am-1:30pm

The World Needs All Kinds of Minds Presented by Dr. Temple Grandin, Educator, Activist, Author and Speaker

  •  Thursday, September 12, 2019 at The Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, 11am-1:30pm

“Confidence Creator” Presented by Heather Monahan, Author and Speaker

  •  November (TBD) 2019- Capstone Experience to be Announced

With this line-up, we anticipate getting large crowds for these events as well as for our Lunch & Share Conversations, Leadership Workshop, No-Limits Leadership Initiative, and Women Helping Women Mentoring Program. The Trademark, Lunch & Share Conversations and Leadership Workshop events are open to the public. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit our website: www.spwmainline.com.   The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of its nearly 1,000 member base, spans nine boroughs and townships constituting the region known as the Main Line. As the Main Line’s business advocate, The Main Line Chamber of Commerce is committed to enabling members to succeed, promoting economic growth in the region, developing an informed business community and enhancing the quality of life on the Main Line.