WOMEN'S WAY Announces New Executive Director and Board Leadership

WOMEN’S WAY, the region’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of women, girls and gender equality, is starting the year empowered with a renewed plan for long term growth and sustainability in the Greater Philadelphia region. The organization is pleased to announce that Diane Cornman-Levy has been named Executive Director. In her new role, Diane is responsible for leading the restructuring of WOMEN’S WAY to reestablish it as a powerful catalyst for achieving gender equality and justice. Her role is critical to the transition and rebuilding of the organization that will support and expand on the mission.

WOMEN’S WAY also announced that Paula Crowley, Chairman and Co-Founder at Anchor Health Properties has been named Chair of the Board and Marguerite Weese Raab, Director of Wealth and Fiduciary Planning at Wilmington Trust and Adjunct Faculty at Villanova School of Law and Temple School of Law has been named Vice Chair. The new leadership is part of the organization’s new three-year strategic plan designed to activate and engage the community, support long term growth, and enhance the organization’s impact on issues related to gender equality.

“I am confident that Diane is the right candidate to cultivate high impact philanthropy and to help build, connect, and empower the WOMEN’S WAY community,” said Paula Crowley. “This is an optimal time to fight for the issues we consider to be so important and we are thrilled to have Diane on board.”

Diane brings more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership, coalition building, and fundraising experience to WOMEN’S WAY. A tireless advocate for gender equality, Diane joins WOMEN’S WAY after running for State Representative of the 168th District, where she secured the highest percentage of votes on the Democratic ticket. Prior to that, Diane was co-founder and executive director of Natural Creativity, an educational initiative dedicated to helping young people develop a foundation for life-long learning that promotes self-direction, constructive purpose, and personal fulfillment, within a commitment to social equity. Additionally, Diane served as Executive Director of Federation of Neighborhood Centers, a non-profit organization committed to addressing complex social problems. There she led two successful strategic planning processes and a network of 50 plus cross-sector partners located throughout Philadelphia.

“WOMEN’S WAY has always been a mobilizing force for women, but now we have the opportunity to make systemic, transformational change on issues of gender equality and justice,” said Diane Cornman-Levy. “I will use my experience and energy to mobilize our community across sectors to re-establish WOMEN’S WAY as the regional leader on women’s issues.”

For the last 40 years, WOMEN’S WAY has been the region’s premier organization dedicated to the advancement of women, girls, and gender equality. During that time, the organization has impacted the lives of more than 200,000 women and their families. In 2016 the nonprofit underwent an in-depth strategic planning process with key stakeholders and the community, resulting in the adoption of a three-year plan that will reestablish the organization as the region’s leading convener, grant maker, and powerful voice for women and girls everywhere.

WOMEN’S WAY is the Greater Philadelphia region’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of women, girls and gender equality. Established in the mid- 1970’s, the organization inspires and mobilizes the community to invest in organizations and leaders that will advance the rights of and opportunities for women and girls, and achieve gender equality for all. In 2016 WOMEN’S WAY launched a strategic plan that will connect and empower the community and continue to cultivate high-impact philanthropy across the region. For more information on WOMEN’S WAY please visit: https://www.womensway.org.

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