by Diane VanDyke
Golf is often known as the business world’s game—a time for networking and negotiating. To help get more women involved in this game and to raise funds student scholarships and programs, the Montgomery County Community College Foundation annually hosts the Leading Women Symposium and Golf Experience. Open to all women in the community, this year’s event will be held on Monday, June 2, at Talamore Country Club in Ambler. To register, visit mc3.edu/lw.
On the day of the event, registration will be held from 9:30-10 a.m. followed by the brunch symposium from 10-11:15 a.m. Golf begins at noon and will be played in an 18-hole, team scramble/best-ball format and is designed for those who have some golf experience. A reception and awards ceremony will follow at 4:30 p.m. The proceeds support scholarship, career and leadership development programs for deserving female students at the College.
For participants who would like to learn the game of golf or improve their skills, a Learner’s Program is available as part of the event. Pros will assist with skill development through various learning stations, and golf clubs will be provided.
For the brunch symposium, the keynote speaker, Nance K. Dicciani, will be discussing her experiences as a chemical engineer and business leader. Dicciani studied chemical engineering and earned a bachelor’s degree at Villanova University in 1969, a master’s degree at the University of Virginia in 1970, and her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. In 1987, she earned an MBA from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1977, Dicciani became an engineer with Air Products and Chemicals Inc., and in 1988, she was promoted to the position of director of commercial development. In 1991, Rohm and Haas hired Dicciani as business director for its Petroleum Chemicals Division. By 1999, she became the senior vice president and business group executive of Chemical Specialties and director, European Region, including Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Rohm and Haas. In November 2001, Dicciani became president and chief executive officer of Specialty Materials, strategic business group of Honeywell, where she retired in 2008.
Throughout her career, Dicciani has been recognized for her work and has received numerous awards, including the “Achievement Award” from the Society of Women Engineers. Twice Forbes magazine named Dicciani in its list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” and in 2006, Chemical Business listed her as one of the “Top 40 Most Important People in the Chemical Industry.” Also in 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Dicciani to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
In addition to the keynote presentation, the Foundation will present the 2014 Leading Women’s Award to Regina Lowrie, a business leader and longtime advocate of the College. Lowrie is the founder, president and CEO of RML Investments Inc., d/b/a RML Advisors. Established in 1994, RMLInvestmentsservesthefinancialservicesindustryasanadvisorandconsultant, providing a broad range of services to assist clients with financial planning. Lowrie, a Certified Mortgage Banker, has been a leader and entrepreneur for more than 30 years in the financial services and mortgage industries.
Additionally, Lowrie has served on the College’s Board of Trustees since 2009 and was elected treasurer in 2011. She has been a member of the College’s Foundation Board of Directors since 2003, serving as chairperson of the “Courage to Create” capital campaign in support of the fine arts. In April 2014, she received the American Association for Women in Community Colleges’ Trustee of the Year Award.
For information about the Leading Women Symposium and Golf Experience, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-461-1139.