KYW Newsradio 2018 Women's Achievement Awards

Rising Star Edition

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
33rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

This annual program was developed to honor the many contributions and accomplishments of women, and to highlight the strategies and experiences that help women advance their careers, businesses and lives.

Now in its 9th year, we will be honoring five women under the age of 40 in our “Rising Star Edition.” KYW Newsradio will be gathering nominations by using social media, narrowing nominations down to ten semi-finalists, and later will let the community vote on the final five honorees.

The five chosen women will be honored at the annual Women’s Achievement Awards ceremony that culminates at the end of June. See last year's photos here!


This Year's Keynote Speaker, Michelle Kelly - CEO of Lilly Pulitzer

KYW Newsradio is excited to have Michelle Kelly, Chief Executive Officer for Lilly Pulitzer, as this year’s Women’s Achievement Awards: Rising Star Edition keynote speaker.Michelle serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Lilly Pulitzer®, a division of Oxford Industries, Inc. Lilly Pulitzer designs and distributes resort-inspired apparel and accessories for women and children.

It all started more than 50 years ago with a simple shift dress in Palm Beach, Florida. Today, Lilly Pulitzer creates innovative modern resort wear inspired by the authentic Palm Beach lifestyle, and strives to delight customers with a spirited and creative approach to retail.  Michelle leads a group of incredibly passionate and talented people across many creative, analytical, and operational disciplines.

During her 14 year career with Lilly Pulitzer®, Michelle has held several different management and leadership positions in the company’s marketing, merchandising, and distribution teams. Under Michelle’s leadership the company has achieved healthy and steady growth.  The brand has expanded into new geographic markets, new product categories, and new retail segments, all in pursuit of a mission to inspire confidence and optimism in customers of all ages.  Through the brand’s sunny style and creative spirit, Lilly Pulitzer® strives to make the world a happier place, one print at a time.

Michelle believes that the most differentiated brands that connect best with consumers will win in the marketplace.  This requires continuous innovation, inspiration, and a willingness to be different.

Michelle began her career at McKinsey & Company. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia. Michelle currently lives in Villanova, PA with her husband and two sons, ages 12 and 10.

 Previous participating event guest speakers are all successful women who are recognized by the community for making positive contributions to society. They are respected among their peers, and are exemplary role models for the youth of the community. In recent years we have had the pleasure of hosting guest speakers; Colleen Rooney, of QVC, Meryl Levitz from Visit Philly, Ann Compton of ABC News, Jill Schlesinger of CBS News, Former District Attorney, Lynne Abraham, and Amy Looney of the Travis Manion Foundation.




2018 QVC Female Entrepreneurship Award



Entrepreneurial at heart, QVC’s pioneering spirit reimagined what retail could be, and began a long-standing history of supporting women and cultivating strong relationships. For more than 30 years, QVC has launched and fostered the growth of some of today’s most successful brands, many of which were founded by women. As a champion for female entrepreneurship and empowerment, QVC strives to create and enable professional experiences and relationships where women can thrive. The QVC Female Entrepreneurship Award recognizes a local female leader who exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit and inspires the next generation of women leaders to not only dream, but dare to live their dreams.  This award will be presented at our Women's Achievement Awards event on June 28th by Suzanne Quigley, QVC Director of Global Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs.  Congratulations to Rachel Heath, this year's QVC Female Entrepreneurship Award Recipient!





Timeline of events:

The final five women will be honored at a ceremony on Thursday, June 28th at The Loews Philadelphia Hotel's 33rd Floor. 

Registration to attend the event has closed.


Congratulations to our five honorees!








Women's Achievement Nominees

May 04, 2018 - 4:59 pm
Lauren has been a marketing professional for over ten years and has gained experience across a wide range of business and marketing positions culminating in her current position as Director of Strategic Initiatives of Marketing Communications at Comcast Cable. Despite her professional success,...
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May 04, 2018 - 4:57 pm
Stephanie Henrick is a first generation American-born citizen, raised in California. She received her B.A. from Villanova University; her J.D. from Widener University School of Law; and her LLM in Tax from Villanova University School of Law. In 2012, she made Pottstown, Pennsylvania her permanent...
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May 04, 2018 - 4:56 pm
Melany Bustillos was raised by immigrant parents who encouraged her to be proud of her Hispanic heritage and be a valued contributor to her community. Throughout Melany’s career, she has continuously pursued every opportunity to advance as well as dedicate her time to advocating and supporting...
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May 04, 2018 - 4:55 pm
Rachel was raised in Springfield Delaware County as the youngest of three girls, and was lucky to have two older sisters and mother as strong female figures to look up to and model herself after. Heath has always had hobbies that involve physical activities and the outdoors. From a young age she...
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May 04, 2018 - 4:52 pm
Lynette Trawick is a Philadelphia native, a Christian, a wife and a mother of 11. She is a Kingdom Entrepreneur with a deep passion and desire to serve her community in many different aspects, especially in the growth of our youth. She volunteers her time mentoring the youth at organizations such...
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May 04, 2018 - 4:50 pm
Serving as communication manager for Mercy Health System and St. Mary Medical Center for four years, Mary Beth McCloy plays a vital role in both health systems, as she advises senior leadership on when and how to best share information to more than 8,000 employees. With her energetic, passionate...
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May 04, 2018 - 4:49 pm
Lauren Craig is the Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Coca-Cola North America in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Based in Philadelphia, Ms. Craig manages Coca-Cola’s government affairs, communications and community engagement efforts across a nine-state territory. Ms. Craig joined...
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May 04, 2018 - 4:46 pm
Heather (Falck) Major began her career at Independence in 2004 as an Underwriter where she was responsible for risk analysis and rating of commercial groups in southeastern PA and southern NJ markets. Heather joined the Independence Blue Cross Foundation in 2012. In her Foundation roles, Heather...
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May 04, 2018 - 4:44 pm
Emily Martin is a Vice President at J.P. Morgan Chase and serves as a chief of staff within the Control Management division for Chase Card Services. In 2017, Emily was the recipient of the Champions of Chase Award which recognized her for excellence in making a difference. Emily believes that “to...
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May 04, 2018 - 4:42 pm
Ebony Wortham, is a Philadelphia native, who for her entire career has dedicated herself to public service and the betterment of her community, particularly focused on youth development and related issues. A graduate of Central High School’s 256th Class, Ms. Wortham went on to earn her BA in...
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