The Women Presidents' Organization and 100 Black Men of Philadelphia joined at the Warwick Hotel on Dec. 5 to recognize this year's 10 Women of Color — "influential women business leaders [promoting] economic security," in the words of WPO founder and president Marsha Firestone.
All 10 women have helped build "strong and vibrant communities" in the Philadelphia area, said Wanda Henderson, director of sales at United Parcel Service, which cosponsored the awards.
Keith Warren, president of 100 Black Men of Philadelphia, called the honorees "visionaries, trailblazers, job providers, economic drivers, and, more importantly, role models," adding that they exemplify the "light that shines from within" identified by the late poet laureate Maya Angelou.
Warren praised the Women Presidents' Organization for leading the effort to recognize the businesswomen. The honored and their duties, as described by the sponsor groups, were: