Keynote Speakers

 

OPENING KEYNOTE

 Pat Furlong  Founder & President, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Pat Furlong

Founder & President, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Pat Furlong is the Founding President and CEO of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the United States solely focused on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne). Its mission is to improve the treatment, quality of life, and long-term outlook for all individuals affected by Duchenne through research, advocacy, education, and compassion.

Duchenne is the most common fatal, genetic childhood disorder, which affects approximately 1 out of every 3,500 boys each year worldwide. It currently has no cure.


 

MID-MORNING KEYNOTE

 Carolina DiGiorgio  President & CEO, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.

Carolina DiGiorgio

President & CEO, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.

 Carolina was selected and is serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, a top 25 Latino focused non- profit organization in the Nation and one of the region’s Top Workplaces. In this capacity, she oversees the functions of the multi-service agency, the Congreso Health Center and the Pan American Academy Charter School, which Congreso founded.

Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Ms. DiGiorgio immigrated to the United States in the mid-1980’s. Her family relocated to Southern New Jersey where she was raised. Ms. DiGiorgio graduated from Rutgers University – Honors College where she majored in Politic Science and minored in Psychology and Spanish. She attended the University of Valencia, Spain during her third year where she studied translation, art history and international law. Upon graduating, with honors, she pursued her law degree at Rutgers University School of Law – Camden.


 

NETWORKING lunch

 nANCY DUNLEAVY  President, Founder & CEO, Dunleavy & Associates

nANCY DUNLEAVY

President, Founder & CEO, Dunleavy & Associates

Nancy Dunleavy is the founder and CEO of Dunleavy & Associates, a woman-owned business founded in 2001 to empower charitable organizations to achieve their fullest potential.  Her career as an entrepreneur was preceded by more than twenty years in the healthcare business, as a senior financial manager and hospital administrator. Prior to launching Dunleavy & Associates, she served for ten years as Chief Financial Officer and then two years as the Senior Vice President for Corporate Development for Friends Hospital and Behavioral Health System.

A committed and engaged community leader, Nancy contributes her time and talent to several organizations and non-profit Boards of Directors in the region. She chairs the Gwynedd Mercy University Board of Trustees, and serves on the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Board of Directors, the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees, where she serves as Treasurer, and the Union League of Philadelphia Board of Directors where she serves as vice-chair. A 2006 alumna of the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, Nancy accepted a 2012 appointment to the Whitpain Township Planning Commission.


 

CLOSING KEYNOTE

 Marci  Schankweiler  CEO & Founder, For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation

Marci  Schankweiler

CEO & Founder, For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation

Marci Kuttler Bossow Schankweiler is the Founder and CEO of For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, which she started with her late husband, Peter R. Bossow, in 1999. In her tenure as President, Marci, with her team of employees, volunteers and colleagues, has solicited funds to support the organization's goal of providing respite excursions to young adult cancer patients and their caregivers. Thousands have benefited from the life-altering services that FPS offers. Before the inception of FPS, Marci practiced law in the Philadelphia firm of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman and Goggin and at the Law Office of Thaddeus Mikulski in Trenton, NJ. Marci is an alumna of Mt. St. Joseph Academy and pursued a teaching degree in Mathematics from LaSalle University. She attended Temple University Law School and completed her law degree in 1995. She later received an LLM in Taxation in May, 1998, also from Temple University Law School.
 


Panel Speakers

 

Moderator

 patricia (trish) wellenbach  CEO, Please Touch Museum

patricia (trish) wellenbach

CEO, Please Touch Museum

Patricia (Trish) Wellenbach assumed the helm of the Museum as its President and CEO in 2016. In 2013, Patricia was appointed CEO of Green Tree School & Services (GTSS) and prior to joining GTSS,  served as President and CEO of Sandcastle Strategy Group, LLC, which she founded in 2007. From 2005–2007, she was Managing Director for Business Development and Strategy for Granary Associates, an international master planning, architectural design, and project management company, focusing on health care facilities and higher education. Prior to joining Granary Associates, she was the Executive Director of The Wellness Community of Philadelphia (TWCP), Wellenbach serves on numerous boards, including Thomas Jefferson University where she is an officer of the board and member of the executive and compensation committees, and chairs the clinical affairs committee. A cum laude graduate of Boston College School of Nursing, Patricia also holds a certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Healthcare Executive Program. She is frequently invited to speak on topics including leadership, organizational change, and governance.


 

Panelist

 lorina marshall-blake  President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

lorina marshall-blake

President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

Lorina Marshall-Blake is President of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and Vice President, Community Affairs, Independence Blue Cross. Marshall-Blake helped define the IBC Foundation’s mission of leading solutions for healthier communities when it was launched in 2011. Under Marshall-Blake’s leadership, the $60 million IBC Foundation has established itself as a philanthropic force locally, earning the 2014 Corporate Foundation of the Year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Philadelphia Chapter. An expert in Philanthropy, Corporate Management, Public Relations and Communications, Marshall-Blake says, “We are meant to serve. We must reach back and give back.” She is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and has been honored for her leadership and community service by numerous organizations such as the NAACP, Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, Philadelphia Tribune, League of Women Voters, Philadelphia Business Journal, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. She also serves as a spokesperson for the local chapter of the American Heart Association.


 

Panelist

 Beth Dahle  Executive Director - Philadelphia, Compass; Co-Founder Impact100

Beth Dahle

Executive Director - Philadelphia, Compass; Co-Founder Impact100

Beth has been actively engaged in the nonprofit community in the Greater Philadelphia region for twenty years as a volunteer, board member, and grant writer.  For seven years, she served on the Awards Review Committee for the Inglis Foundation’s Awards for Continuing Excellence, recognizing outstanding performance of regional nonprofit organizations serving people with physical disabilities. Beth graduated from Duke University and began her career as an employee benefits consultant, guiding Fortune 100 and 500 clients in evaluation of healthcare and other group benefit plans and designing retirement plans for small to medium size companies. In 2008, Beth co-founded Impact100 Philadelphia, a women’s collective philanthropic organization, which has awarded over two million dollars in grants to date. She has served as president and membership chair, and currently, serves on the strategic planning grants committee.


 

Panelist

 Laura Kind McKenna  Trustee, The Patricia Kind Family Foundation

Laura Kind McKenna

Trustee, The Patricia Kind Family Foundation

Laura Kind McKenna is a Trustee and the former Managing Trustee of the Patricia Kind Family Foundation. Laura has been a true pioneer in the space and has demonstrated that small family foundations can substantially increase their impact beyond grants. The Foundation started by Laura’s mother Patricia Kind provides grants to health and human service organizations in the Philadelphia area. Laura is committed to the importance of Mission Related Investing for Foundations and individuals.  Laura believes it is vitally important to link assets with mission and values to achieve a double bottom line. 

Laura received her BSN from The American University in Washington DC in 1978 and her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. Laura was employed as a nurse practitioner and Director of Student Health Services at La Salle University from 1986-1998. She also served as member of the Board of Trustees at La Salle from 2002-2012. Laura is married to Marc Walsh McKenna, M.D. and they have four grown children.


 

Panelist

 JODI ROSEN  Philanthropic Services Senior Manager, Vanguard Charitable

JODI ROSEN

Philanthropic Services Senior Manager, Vanguard Charitable

Jodi Rosen serves as Vanguard Charitable’s philanthropic services senior manager, leading a team that collaborates with high-net-worth clients and families to support their long-term giving strategies.     Jodi has worked in the donor-advised fund industry nearly 20 years and joined Vanguard Charitable in 2011. Prior to joining Vanguard Charitable, Jodi has worked with several large Philadelphia-based non-profits including The Philadelphia Foundation, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Welcome America, Inc. She is an active member of her children’s home and school association. She graduated from The University of Pittsburgh and holds the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation from The American College.