By Jennifer Lynn Robinson

On Monday, July 25th, The Genevieve Society held a reception for delegates, elected female officials, and invited guests at the The Oar Pub at Park Towne Place. The Genevieve Society is a state-wide non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to increasing the political and professional power of women in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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One of the founders, Eleanor Dezzi of The Dezzi Group, Ltd., indicated that years ago, “only the suits had the parties.” So seven years ago she and others grouped together to found this organization, naming it after Genevieve Blatt– the first woman elected to Pennsylvania State Office. Their mission is to assist women of both parties to run for office, to help women be elected to more corporate boards, and to raise consciousness.  Currently, men attend their events to support the cause and, as Dezzi light-heartedly suggested,  “looking for votes.”  They are the only female-run organization to hold a reception for the PA Society each December. Chair of the Membership Committee, Bonnie Squires of Squires Consulting, said the organization provides “an opportunity to grab women who are committed, active and interested.”

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Eleanor indicated she is excited for this election because, “We cracked the Liberty Bell and now we are going to break the glass ceiling.” Squires is excited to showcase Philadelphia arts and culture as well as architecture to visitors this week. Guest Michael Adler from the Law Offices of Michael Adler also discussed the excitement around showcasing the art scene in our city. He is encouraging visitors to look for the Donkeys Around Town, a collaboration between Art Jawn and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the brainchild of Ed Rendell. There are 57 Donkeys around town showcasing the work of many artists who hand painted each one. Learn more here: http://artjawn.com/dnc-donkeys/

gen2Guest Jenaye Munford of Urbicus is excited to showcase Philadelphia as a diverse city of neighborhoods with great culture.  Jasmine Sessoms, an attendee who works for the Mayor’s Fund, was excited that our city has so many diverse people from different walks of life.

I also spoke with the President of Gwynedd Mercy University, Dr. Kathleen Owens. The university ran a contest that involved both an essay and interview process to select one student to attend the DNC and another student to attend the RNC. The students will share their experiences through a series of programming in the Fall.

As any successful event, the well-attended get together included lots of great local snacks from Franklin Fountain, Parc, Metropolitan Bakery, Federal Donuts and Termini Brothers. Everyone loves treats!

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gen5To learn more about The Genevieve Society or to become a member, click here: http://genevievesociety.org/

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