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Metro honors Philly Power Women

Metro Philadelphia of Metro Philadelphia

As Editor-in-Chief, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce Metro’s Philly Power Women. These city leaders have innovated and dedicated themselves to Philadelphia and together, help make our city truly amazing.

As the Metro staff created this comprehensive list of Philly Power Women, one thing became abundantly clear—we are among greatness here in the City of Sisterly Love.

It was extremely challenging to narrow it down to these incredible women. I am in awe of the persistence, brilliance and incredible work ethic these leaders have demonstrated. Not only have they broken the glass ceiling—many of the amazing women on this list have made Philadelphia history—but they continue to lead by example and set a precedent of excellence for Philadelphia.

These trailblazers have made Philadelphia stronger, kinder, and a better place. Through their invaluable leadership, they have left their mark on our city, and history.

Amberella, Street Artist

Rochelle Bilal, Sheriff

Debora Borges-Carrera, Assistant Superintendent in the School District of Philadelphia

Kendra Brooks, Philadelphia City Council At-Large

Valerie Camillo, President of Business Operations for Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center

Nicole Cashman, Owner of Cashman & Associates

Lorene Cary, Penn Professor and Vote that Jawn Founder

Gayatri Chopra, Owner of Simitri

Joey Clark, Owner of Kin Boutique

Jeannine A. Cook, Owner of Harriet’s Bookstore

Jacqueline City, Fashion Designer

Sybille Damas, Chief Operations Officer for Congreso de Latinos Unidos

Sofia Deleon, Owner of El Merkury

Marlo Dilks, Owner of SliCE and P’unk Burger

Melissa Dunphy, Composer

Contemporary composer Dr. Melissa Dunphy has made her mark on Philly in more ways than one. The Australia native has created a unique and enlightening musical experience by taking social or political commentary and transforming it into works of art.

One of her successful pieces, ‘Gonzales Cantata,’ she wrote about former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales during the Bush Administration. That particular piece received recognition on the ‘Rachel Maddow Show’ and was featured in the ‘Wall Street Journal’. Most recently, Dunphy composed a work surrounding Abigail Adams famous ‘Remember the Ladies’ letter to her husband in 1776 with the Philharmonia for the Museum of the American Revolution.

Dunphy and her husband also are hosts of a popular podcast ‘The Boghouse’ which centers on their time sifting through one-of-a-kind Philly artifacts that they found on their land.

Addie Elabor, Owner of Di’YANU

Dr. Audrey Evans, Co-Founder of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

Elizabeth Fielder, State Representative

Bridget Foy, Owner of Bridget Foy’s

Kim E. Fraites-Dow, CEO of Girl Scouts

Deana Gamble, Mayor Kenny’s Communications Director 

Jane Golden, Founder and Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia

Helen Gym, Philadelphia City Council At-Large

Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., LaSalle University President

Lauren Hart, Philadelphia Recording Academy’s Chapter Singer and President

Sheila Hess, City Representative

Kris Kennedy, Executive Director, Northern Liberties Business Improvement District 

Rosita Lamberti, Owner of Positano Coast, Caffe Aldo Lamberti, Lamberti Pizza & Kitchen

Teresa M. Lundy, Founder of TML Communications

Kate Marlys, Owner of Philly PR Girl

Joanna McClinton, State House Democratic leader

Jenn McCreary, General Manager of Wonderspaces

Charisse McGill, Owner of Lokal Artisan Foods, French Toast Bites

LaNeshe Miller-White, Executive Director, Theatre Philadelphia

Kathryn Ott Lovell, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner

Danielle Outlaw, Police Commissioner 

Carrie Nork Minelli, Director of Advertising and Public Relations at Parx Casino

Cherelle Parker, City Council Majority Leader

Phobymo, Photographer

Rosalind Pichardo, Founder of Operation Save Our City

Jessie Prawlucki-Styer, Owner at Fond

Lara Price, Chief Operations Officer, Philadelphia 76ers

Paige Price, Producing Artistic Director, Philadelphia Theatre Company

Kimberly S. Reed, Author, Speaker

Rebecca Rhynhart, City Controller

Madi Sinha, Doctor, Author

Mary Stengel Austen, President, CEO of The Tierney Group

Cheryl Ann Wadlington, Founder and Executive Director of The Evoluer House

Jill Weber, Sojourn Philly Restaurant Group

Martina White, State Representative

Ellen Yin, Co-owner of High Street Hospitality, Activist

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