Philadelphia SmartCEO Names Allison O’Kelly 2015 a Brava! CEO Winner

Mom Corps CEO Allison O’Kelly is recognized as one of 40 powerhouse female business leaders in Philadelphia, PA to be recognized in SmartCEO’s Brava! Awards program.

See the press release below:

Philadelphia, PA (April 29, 2015) Philadelphia SmartCEO is pleased to announce the 2015 Brava! Award winners. The Brava! Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of 40 of Greater Philadelphia’s top women business leaders. This year’s class collectively generates more than $626.5 million in annual revenue and employs 7,174 individuals. The winners will be profiled in the July/August issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony on July 22, 2015 at the Crystal Tea Room.

Please see below for a complete list of winners and for program details. To share in the excitement leading up to the event, follow us @SmartCEO #BravaAwards.

“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,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, president of SmartCEO Events. “We are honored to recognize a group of women who are truly making a difference in the world.”

The Philadelphia Brava! Awards ceremony on July 22, 2015, is an expected sell-out event where more than 350 local executives and guests will gather and celebrate their noteworthy achievements. Past Brava! winners will also be in attendance to welcome the new class of winners into the Brava! community. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception, followed by a video-packed awards ceremony and a final, inspirational toast to the female leaders of Greater Philadelphia.


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About the Brava! Awards

The Brava! Awards program celebrates female CEOs, nonprofit leaders and high-impact executives who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava! Award winners are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities. They encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects winners based on company growth, community impact and mentoring. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in the July/August issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at an awards reception in July.

Complete 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

2015 Brava! CEO 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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