More than 100 people braved the aftermath of what was hopefully the last snowstorm of winter to celebrate the 25 honorees chosen for City & State PA's inaugural "Above & Beyond: Honoring Women of Public and Civic Mind."

The event, which took place in the newly created event space at Constitution Place in Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood, overlooked Independence National Park, which guests could admire from the expansive terrace deck.

Inside, keynote speaker Meryl Levitz, the longtime president and CEO of Visit Philadelphia, talked about the importance of recognizing how far women have come in the workplace, and how much work remains to be done, especially in reaching out to hold doors open and helping each other up the ladder.

The 25 honorees are: 

  • Anna Adams-Sarthou, Adams Sarthou Communications
  • Ethelind Baylor, AFSCME DC 47
  • Patricia E. Beeson, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dana Brown, Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics
  • Dina Clark, Covestro
  • Karen Coates, chief of staff for PA House Leader Mike Turzai
  • Susan Croushore, Mercy Health System
  • Kelly Davenport, Freire Network
  • Patricia Eakin, PA Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals
  • Ashley Griffin, Burns White
  • Megan Grossman, Segal McCambridge
  • Kate Hardiman, the Liddell Group
  • Stacy Irving, Homeland Security Planning, Programs & Strategic Partnerships, Delaware Valley Intelligence Center, Philadelphia Police Department
  • Marsha Jones, PNC
  • Kathleen Kinslow, Jefferson Health
  • Terry Mutchler, Mutchler Lyons
  • Eleanor Myers, Temple University
  • Yvette Núñez, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
  • Lisa Pektor, Penncap Properties
  • Rebecca Rhynhart, Controller for the City of Philadelphia
  • Leslie S. Richards, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Transportation
  • Fern Schwartz,  Merrill Lynch
  • Shari Shapiro, Uber
  • Laura Wagoner, Pennsylvania Republican Party
  • Patricia Wellenbach, Please Touch Museum
  • Jennifer Zaborney, Maverick Finance


Honoree Terry Mutchler, of Mutchler Lyons, stands with Distinguished Service Award honoree Leslie Richards, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Transportation


Honorees Lisa Pektor, of Penncap Properties, and Susan Croushore, of Mercy Health System


Kellan White, a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree who is now with the Philadelphia Controller's Office, stands with TML Communications' Teresa Lundy, a 2016 40 Under 40 honoree, TML junior associate Raina Stewart and community activist Theresa Marley


Honoree Ethelind Baylor, of AFSCME DC 47, stands with Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown


Meryl Levitz, the president/CEO of Visit Philadelphia, gave the keynote for the event


Honoree Shari Shapiro poses with her husband, Seth


Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor and 2017 50 Over 50 honoree Nina Ahmad stands with Kellan White