Leadership Profile

Varkony Chosen for Statewide Women’s Commission

Pamela Varkony of Allentown, a writer, woman's advocate and founder of Power Of Women at Cedar Crest College, officially joined the Pennsylvania Commission for Women as the Lehigh Valley representative on July 2. In a formal ceremony, she was sworn in by Lehigh County President Judge Carol K. McGinley in McGinley's courtroom. Judge McGinley is the first woman in the history of Lehigh County to hold the position of president of the Court of Common Pleas.

Opening remarks at the ceremony were delivered by the Commission's Executive Director, Maria Montero. Among those also in attendance were Lehigh County Commissioners Vic Mazziotti and Mike Schware, and District Justice Ronald Manescu.

Under an Executive Order issued April 30, 2012, Governor Tom Corbett established the Pennsylvania Commission for Women "to benefit the commonwealth, to define and address the unique contributions, needs and concerns of women, in order to improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians."

Twenty-eight women from across the Commonwealth were chosen to serve as state commissioners with a mandate to: advise the governor on policies, procedures, legislation and regulations that impact women; develop and support economic and civic opportunities for women; serve as a resource for community groups and provide forums for developing strategies and programs the will expand and enhance the civic, social, educational, cultural and economic status of women; and identify programs, scholarships, mentoring opportunities, sources of funding or other resources for the benefit and advancement of women.

Power of Women, a regional organization devoted to the professional and personal development of women, joined Cedar Crest College in November 2011. 'Power' will become a focal point of the Women's Leadership Institute tentatively slated to launch in fall 2012. This institute will focus specifically on the College's mission to educate the next generation of women leaders for success in a global society.