Dr. Marisa Weiss the recipient of the 2019 Helena Devereux Women in Leadership Award.

Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, chairwoman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and Michelle Kichline, chairwoman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners accepting the 2018 Gold Leaf Award. Picture by Todd Photography

The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, The Society of Professional Women and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health are excited to announce the winner of the 2019 Helena Devereux Women in Leadership Award.

In the name of Devereux’s founder, Helena T. Devereux, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health and The Main Line Chamber of Commerce have established the Helena Devereux Women in Leadership Award, to recognize outstanding professional women in our area.

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The award is presented annually to a woman who has achieved exemplary professional and personal accomplishments, in addition to her positive impact upon the Greater Main Line area. The nominees for this prestigious award include senior level executives from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, who have contributed significantly to the betterment of the Main Line community.

This year’s selected recipient is Dr. Marisa Weiss.  Dr. Weiss is a breast cancer survivor and currently serves as the director of breast radiation oncology and breast health outreach at Lankenau Medical Center. But ‘doctor’ is only one of her roles. She is also the founder of breastcancer.org and its associated ‘Think Pink, Live Green’ program which speaks to the role of the environment in breast cancer risk. She’s the author of four books on breast cancer and breast health, and is regularly called upon as a breast health expert by national media outlets.

Like Miss Devereux, Dr. Weiss has worked tirelessly to advocate for a cause that’s important to her—as a physician, survivor and woman. She continues to advocate for health literacy among women of all ages and backgrounds and empowers them to take control of their risk factors for breast cancer, a disease that affects 3.1 million women in the United States. Since she began her career more than 25 years ago, Dr. Weiss has been a beacon of hope for women battling breast cancer and their families, and her efforts to create a world without breast cancer make her an outstanding leader on the Main Line and beyond.

Following the tradition of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s mission to enable members to succeed, promote economic growth in the region, develop an informed business community, and enhance the quality of life on the Main Line, the Chamber partners with a member college/university to provide a female student with a one-time scholarship. This scholarship is intended for women who have overcome challenges to reach their current level of education and have a desire to become strong, community leaders and achieve many of the things aforementioned.

Previous Award Winners
2018 – Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners &
Michelle Kichline, Chester County Board of Commissioners
2017 – Binney Wietlisbach, The Haverford Trust Company
2016 – Joan Docktor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Fox & Roach Realtors
2015 – Alba Martinez, Vanguard
2014 – Lynn Yeakel, Vision 2020 / Drexel University College of Medicine
2013 – Sue Schick, UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania
2012 – Donna Allie, Team Clean, Inc.
2011 – Linda Galante, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP
2010 – Irene Hannan, Citizens Bank
2009 – Andrea Gilbert, Bryn Mawr Hospital

The 11th Annual Gold Leaf Celebration Luncheon will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Philadelphia Country Club. To register visit mlcc.org.

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