Philadelphia SmartCEO Recognizes Grace Killelea as a 2015 Brava! CEO Recipient

Released on: July 08, 2015, 9:38 am (EDT)
Industry: Management

Philadelphia, PA, July 08, 2015 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Half The Sky Leadership Institute CEO Grace Killelea has been selected as a 2015 Philadelphia SmartCEO Brava! award winner. Along with the rest of this year's recipients, she will be featured in the July/August 2015 issue of SmartCEO magazine. Recognition as a Brava! winner shines a bright light on the tenacity, skill, and drive that is essential for accomplishing high levels of leadership.

As Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, president of SmartCEO Events, has expressed, “Brava winners possess the hallmark qualities of successful leaders — vision, passion, compassion, dedication, perseverance. Each winner in this year’s class exhibits these qualities in all facets of her life, from running her business to tending to her family and donating time and resources to philanthropic initiatives. We are honored to recognize a group of women who are truly making a difference in the world.”

The Brava Awards is an annual program geared towards highlighting female CEO’s, top performing executives, and non-profits whose entrepreneurial spirit is coupled with an intensity towards mentorship and community service. Hundreds of local executives, guests, and past Brava! winners gather annually to welcome the newest members of the SmartCEO community.

This highly anticipated awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on July 22, 2015 at the Crystal Tea Room. Attendees can expect to begin the evening with a cocktail reception, followed by an entertaining awards ceremony, which will end with an uplifting toast to the newly awarded top female leaders of the Greater Philadelphia area.

Grace Killelea is the CEO and Founder of The GKC Group, a leadership development company. The company launched Half The Sky Leadership for Women, its program for high-potential women in early 2013. A second program – Quattro – is launching this Fall, and offers development for both men and women, with a co-ed platform. Ms. Killelea’s forthcoming book, The Confidence Effect, will be published in early 2016.

Continue below for a complete list of this year’s winners and event information.

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Brava! Award Program Information

2015 Brava! Awards
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Crystal Tea Room
100 E. Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Attire: Business Cocktail

Below is a list of the 2015 Philadelphia SmartCEO & Executive winners.

2015 Philadelphia SmartCEO Winners:

Ellen Thompson, 4 Walls, Inc.
Antoinette Marie Johnson, At Media
Marjorie Brody, CSP, PCC, CPAE, BRODY Professional Development
Felicite Moorman, Esq., BuLogics, Inc. & StratIS EMS, LLC
Letitia Squillaro, Candor Consulting
Nicole B. Comer, CE Solutions
Dr. Vail P. Garvin, FACHE, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce (Nonprofit Winner)
Christine Taylor, Christine Taylor Collection
Claudia Timbo, Company Voice
Tricia Pilone, CPI Companies and
Dianne L. Semingson, DLS International
Valerie Biscardi, Drs. Wortman, Biscardi & Associates, PC
Stephanie Kozak Allen, Express Park
Gina F. Rubel, Esq., Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.
Betty Long, RN, MHA, Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates, Inc.
Dr. Kathleen Owens, Gwynedd Mercy University (Nonprofit Winner)
Grace Killelea, Half The Sky Leadership For Women
Patricia Claybrook, Jidan Cleaning LLC
Mikal C. Harden, Juno Search Partners
Denise Kassekert, JW Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School (Nonprofit Winner)
Linda Lightman, Linda's Stuff
Dana Spain, McSpain Properties
Linda J. McAleer, The Melior Group
Allison O'Kelly, Mom Corps
Laura Kasper, Monarch Staffing
Dr. Ellen Stang, ProgenyHealth
Pamela Horowitz, Provence Catering
Julia Jannetti Kmiec, Select Modular Homes, Inc.
Karen Andrade-Mims, UIH (Nonprofit Winner)
Diana L. Ramsay, Woods (Nonprofit Winner)

2015 Brava! Executive Winners

Meishka L. Mitchell, AICP, PP, Cooper's Ferry Partnership
Debbie Smith, Expert Technology Associates
Lisa Detwiler, FS2 Capital Partners, LLC
Jessica Mazzeo, Griesing Law, LLC
Mary Ann Murtha, Huntingdon Valley Bank
Catherine S. Sennett, Esq., Jackson Cross Partners LLC
Kathryn L. Black, The McKee Group
Rhonda S. Costello, Republic Bank
Andrea Vargas, Specialized Education Services, Inc.
Jennifer Alleva, Your Part-Time Controller, LLC

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