Time to pull out your clubs and get ready to hit the links at Talamore Country Club, Ambler, for Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Foundation’s 11th Annual Leading Women Symposium and Golf Experience on Monday, June 1. This fun networking event supports scholarship, career and leadership development programs for MCCC female students. All women are invited to attend—to register, visit mc3.edu/lw.
Check-in on the day of the event starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by a brunch symposium at 10 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 networking reception and awards ceremony will follow at 4:30 p.m.
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.
This year’s keynote speaker is Pennsylvania’s recently appointed Acting Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards, who has extensive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors spanning more than two decades.
Prior to her current role, Richards served in the positions of vice chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and chair of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Additionally, she served on the boards of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association and the Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors.
In the private sector, she held the position of senior project manager at a woman-owned civil engineering firm and as a public involvement specialist at a consulting firm. In these positions, her experience ranged from managing multi-million dollar infrastructure projects to writing long-range strategic plans. For her consulting work, she was recognized for minimizing the negative impacts of construction, detours, and road closures in the local business community.
Richards is a graduate of Brown University, where she studied economics and urban studies. She received a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania and resides with her husband and three children in Montgomery County.
In addition to the keynote presentation, the Foundation will present the 2015 Leading Women’s Award to Dolores Lare, who serves as chair of MCCC’s Foundation Board and as co-chair of MCCC’s Leading Women in Philanthropy.
With a lengthy career in the banking industry, Lare currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer of Continental Bank. Prior to this position, she was Executive Vice President of Operational and Technology Services for Progress Bank. While at Progress, she was a member of the Executive Management Committee and the Chairperson of the Technology Steering Committee.
Prior to joining Progress, she was Chief Operating Officer at Prime Bank, where she was responsible for leadership of all operational and technological activities. Before that, she was employed by PNC Bank for more than 20 years with her last assignment being director of the bank’s Eastern Region Operations, where she managed a staff of 950 employees with an annual budget of $50 million. Before joining PNC Bank, she was a member of the senior management team at MidAtlantic Bank and Continental Bank.
Lare holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
In 2014, more than 130 business women attended this popular annual symposium, and the event raised more than $45,000 to support women’s programs and scholarships.
For more information about the Leading Women Symposium and Golf Experience, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-461-1139.
~ by Diane VanDyke