Central Penn Business Journal announces 2024 Women of Influence

Central Penn Business Journal has selected Ashley N. Walkowiak, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Director of Policy, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Mediation, as a 2024 Women of Influence honoree.

Women of Influence honors high-achieving women for their career accomplishments. These women are selected based on their professional experience, community involvement and commitment to mentoring.

The Circle of Excellence is awarded to women who are of longstanding, notable success in the community and are leading the way for other women. Women to Watch honors women leaders, under the age of 35, for their professional and community accomplishments early in their careers.

The honorees were selected by a panel of judges comprised of previous years' Circle of Excellence recipients and by the editors of Central Penn Business Journal.

"The 2024 Women of Influence inspire innovation, celebrate success and support the next generation of leaders. They encourage those around them to be the best," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, managing director of BridgeTower Media/Central Penn Business Journal. "This year's Circle of Excellence honorees are exceptional and are leading the way for other women. The Women to Watch are outstanding young professionals at the beginning of their careers who are making a positive impact on their professions and in their communities. Central Penn Business Journal is pleased to recognize this year's honorees."

This year's Women of Influence will be honored June 27 at a celebration at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road. Registration and networking begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards program starting at 6:15 p.m. The hashtag is #CPBJevents.

Attendance is limited. This event will sell out. Sponsors and honorees receive priority. There are various sponsorship levels available which include the right to use the event logo, multimedia marketing, a table to share with co-workers, family members and guests at the event, and much more. Tables are only available with sponsorship. To secure a sponsorship, contact Suzanne Fischer-Huettner at shuettner@bridgetowermedia.com.

Honorees will be profiled in a magazine that will be distributed to all winners and attendees at the awards celebration. It will also be found at CPBJ.com and inserted into the July 5 issue of Central Penn Business Journal.

The Presenting Sponsor is Brown Plus. The Scholarship Sponsor is Penwell Law. The Award Sponsor is UPMC. The Celebration Sponsors are Highmark Blue Shield and WellSpan Health. For more information and updated sponsorship information about the Central Penn Business Journal's 2024 Women of Influence, visit cpbj.com/event/women-of-influence/.
About Central Penn Business Journal
Central Penn Business Journal is the leading source of business news and information in Central Pennsylvania for the past 40 years. In addition to breaking news on its multimedia news site at CPBJ.com, it also publishes a biweekly print edition. Central Penn Business Journal publishes various special focus sections on topics such as real estate and construction and mergers and acquisitions in addition to the yearly Book of Lists. It also hosts 11 annual events, including Women of Influence, Reader Rankings, Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work in PA, to recognize excellence and provide leadership opportunities. In addition, Central Penn Business Journal facilitates webinars bringing local experts from the business community together to discuss current topics and trends. Its Digital Marketing Solutions helps customers with social media, search engine marketing and optimization, retargeting, email marketing and more. Central Penn Business Journal and its sister publication, Lehigh Valley Business, which covers business in the Lehigh Valley, are part of BridgeTower Media, the leading provider of B2B information, research, events and marketing solutions across more than 25 U.S. markets and industries.

2024 Women of Influence

Marlyn Barbosa, SACA/Tec Centro
Felicia Kegel Bechtel, RETTEW
Taylor Bleiler, Highmark Blue Shield
Deborah Brandt, Fig Industries
Lisa Carter, Rutter's
Mary Beth Ching, Investment Real Estate Group of Companies
Saundra Colello, The Link 4 YOUth
Lisa K. Colon, County of Lancaster
Karla Dentler, Red Lion Controls
Wanda K. Dietrich, CPA, RKL LLP
Kalpana Mary Doppalapudi, Professional Women and Women Entrepreneurs Association - POWER
Devan Drabik-Frey, Penn State Dickinson Law
Greta Ferkel, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Alba Fernandez, Community First Fund
Christine Foltz, Hill Woodworks
Angela Havice, Brubaker Inc.
Jennifer Hill, Savant Wealth Management

Linda Johnston, Renewal by Andersen of Central Pennsylvania

Sharareh (Sherri) Kermanshachi, Penn State Harrisburg
Casara Kieffer, Orrstown Bank
Jean Marfizo King, Dauphin County
Diane Klinger, Integrity Services and Solutions LLC
Katherine Betz Kravitz, Esq., Barley Snyder
Soumya Krishnamurthi, Code Ninjas Harrisburg
Sydney Kyler, Enders
Corrie Lingenfelter, Downtown Daily Bread
Toni Lynn Mark, The Salvation Army Harrisburg
Nancy Martindell, JMA Resources Inc.
Sarah P. Moreland, Saxton and Stump Law Firm
Pamela Morrissey, Cargas Systems
Winnie Okello, PE., Harassment and Assault Reporting Platform (H.A.R.P)
Ally O'Neal, BAYADA Home Health and Hospice
Kara P. Pike, Saul Ewing LLP
Lanie Pinkerton, Morehouse Instrument Company
Angela Quigley, SEK, CPAs and Advisors
Kristi N. Riley-Platt, Traditions Bank
Elizabeth Ritter, UPMC
Dana Robinson, Penwell Law LLC
Nikki Shingle, North Group Consultants
Alicia Stanley, Helix Strategies LLC
Jennifer Switzler, SHRM-CP, Boyer & Ritter LLC
Michele Collins Thibodeau, Penn Entertainment - Penn National Race Course
Ashley N. Walkowiak, PA Human Relations Commission

2024 Circle of Excellence

Krista Beljan, Dame Leadership
Terri Bowling, Highmark Caring Place
Anne E. Carnathan, Universal Media Inc.
Beth Christian, State Employees Retirement System
Jennifer Christman, MyAdvisor
Monica Gould, Strategic Consulting Partners
Amy Rote, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region
Sue Soderberg, Goodwill Keystone Area

2024 Women to Watch

Katlyn Derr, Members 1st Federal Credit Union
Lauren E. Fenner, CPA, Brown Plus
Lyndsey Mackie, Byrnes Health Education
Kate Manna-Eaton, Mowery Construction
Jordan Zielinski, The Goddard School Enola



PHRC Media Contact Details

Amanda Brothman

Communications Director 771-856-5971
Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Media