Thank you for your support! The Girls Inc. Strong, Smart, & Bold Breakfast is SOLD OUT!

The 16th Annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast
May 2, 2018 8:30 to 10:00 AM
The Union League of Philadelphia
Lincoln Hall
1450 Sansom Street, Philadelphia

The Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast was established in 2001 as part of Girls Inc.’s 50th anniversary celebration and has continued as the annual fundraising and networking event with sell-out crowds of over 400 guests. In 2018, Girls Inc. will honor Emily Bittenbender, Managing Partner of Bittenbender Construction, LP, Simi Hoque, Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering at Drexel University, and Monica Malpass, 6ABC Live Action News Anchor at the breakfast for their many inspirational achievements. Girls Inc. will also honor Macquarie Investment Management as our Corporate Champion for Girls for its significant contributions ensuring the success of Girls Inc. and the girls we serve by funding innovation and impactful programs. Shawn Lytle, President, Delaware Funds by Macquarie, Deputy Global Head, Macquarie Investment Management will accept the award.

Meet Our Honorees


Managing Partner
Bittenbender Construction LP

Read Emily’s bio


Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering
Drexel University College of Engineering

Read Simi’s bio


6ABC Live Action News

Read Monica’s bio

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Past Strong, Smart, and Bold Honorees



Charisse Lillie, Attorney and Retired Comcast Executive
Sigrid Lundby, Vice President, Sr. Wealth Manager, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Tuyet-Hanh Schnell, Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin Corporation


Joan Carter, President, UM Holdings, Ltd.
Grace Killelea, Founder & CEO, Half the Sky Leadership Institute
Saniah M. Johnson, CPA, Vice President Strategic Analysis, Delaware Investments


Dr. Constance E. Clayton, Retired Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia
The Honorable Marjorie Margolies, President, Women’s Campaign International, Former Member of Congress
English D. Willis, MD, Senior Principal Scientist Clinical Safety and Risk Management, Merck & Co., Inc.


Varsocia Femande, President & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Sherrill Mosee, Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker, MinkeeBlue
Nancy Gunza, CPA, Principal at CliftonLarsonAllen


Karen D. Buchholz,  Vice President Administration, Comcast Corporation
Anne Ewers,  CEO and President, Kimmel Center
Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer, City of Philadelphia


Jill Michal, United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey
Judith von Seldenek, Diversified Search
Dyana Williams, Radio One


Linda Galante, Esq, Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, City of Philadelphia
Marie Savard, M.D., ABC News Medical Contributor


Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, Independence Blue Cross
Sara Manzano-Diaz, Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor
Sharon Pinkenson, Greater Philadelphia Film Office


Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company
Madeline M. Sherry, Esq., Gibbons P.C.
Ahmeenah Young, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority


Nilda Iris Ruiz, Asociación Pertorriqueños En Marcha, Inc. (APM)
Marciene S. Mattleman, ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships
Pamela A. Browner-Crawley, Citizens Bank


Cheryl McKissack, McKissack and McKissack
Alba Martinez, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Judith Spires, ACME Markets Eastern Division