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:
Rose Cook, FlexPro Group. With her twin, Lynn Faughey, Cook founded FlexPro, "a project management consulting firm that works with life science companies and provides flexible career opportunities for passionate, seasoned professionals." She has won awards from the Project Management Association and Johnson & Johnson, among others.
Brigitte F. Daniel-Corbin, Wilco Electronic Systems Inc. Starting with a cable TV system, Daniel-Corbin "has helped shape Wilco as a digital and broadband leader, specifically working on behalf of disadvantaged communities." She has served on a Federal Communications Commission diversity committee and has been recognized as an Eisenhower Fellow and was named one of 7 Brilliant Women in Tech by Craigslist's Craig Newmark.
Ana Fernandez-Parmet, Parmetech Inc. Cofounder and president/CEO of a company that since 1991 has provided "vendor-neutral products and services" from manufacturers including Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, Equitrac, and Pharos to clients in health care, education, insurance, and other industries.
Tanya Hill-Holliday, TanWay Enterprises. Hill-Holliday's company owns and operates 10 McDonald's restaurants, and is the largest African American-owned McDonald's franchise in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. She is president of the Philadelphia Black McDonald's Association and past first vice president of the National Black McDonald's Association, East division. McDonald's Corp. awarded her the Ray Kroc Award, named for the fast-food chain's founder.
Vivian Isaak, Magnum Group. As Magnum's founder and president, Isaak "helps clients connect," giving them technical support to reach local audiences.
Donna Allie, Team Clean Inc. President/CEO of the company for more than 30 years. Team Clean employs more than 700, serving clients including the National Constitution Center, the Convention Center, and Citizens Bank Park.
Tracey M. Jasey, MPI Business Valuation & Advisory. Jasey is a partner with MPI, which provides valuation, tax, financial reporting, employee stock ownership plans, buy-sell agreements, and other business applications and corporate advisory services to middle-market public and private companies, including grocers, drug and convenience stores, automobile retailing, building materials, food and beverage, and other sectors. She has been with the company since 2002.
Darnyelle A. Jervey, Incredible One Enterprises LLC. As CEO, Jervey helps the owners of small and growing businesses with brand messaging and marketing. She is also creator of Incredible Factor University and Amethyst Consulting Group training programs.
Mazda T. Miles, Perfection Events Inc. Miles is president of "a dynamic team of strategy and result-driven event professionals" for clients including the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Miles holds a certificate in meeting management.
Jayshree Moorthy, Frontier Tech. Moorthy is CEO of a company that "specializes in building information technology (IT) initiatives, teams, and strategies from scratch, both internally and externally," for large and small companies and government agencies.