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State Official Deklinski Earns Women of Influence Award from Power of Women

Allentown, Pa. (March 30, 2012)— Karen Deklinski, deputy secretary for administration for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare—the largest state agency in the United States—was presented with the prestigious 2012 Women of Influence Award from Power of Women at Cedar Crest College earlier this month.

Deputy Secretary Deklinski, who also gave the keynote address at the event, helps to manage an agency with nearly 17,000 employees and a budget of $27 billion. Her remarks titled, “How Does She Do It & Who Does She Know?” chronicled her extraordinary career in business, politics, entrepreneurship, and motherhood and served as inspiration for attendees.

“It makes a lot of sense to say the more experience we have and the more expertise we have, the more we influence,” she said during the keynote address. “Now’s a good time to do a little spring cleaning in your life. You don’t have to have 15 different jobs like I did, but you really do need to broaden your horizons. Maybe it’s time to find your passion.”

Before joining the Pa. Dept. of Public Welfare, Deklinski served as deputy secretary for administration for the former Department of Community Affairs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in governmental administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to presentation of the Women of Influence Award and the keynote address, the event included professional development seminars presented by Cedar Crest College faculty; excellent networking opportunities; and much more.

Power of Women—a Lehigh Valley-based women’s empowerment organization “dedicated to providing opportunities for women to reach their goals and their potential”— joined Cedar Crest College in the fall to bring the best in educational programming, lectures, and networking opportunities to women in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.

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