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2020 WBE Leadership Award Winner

Nicole D. Galli, ND Galli Law LLC

Nicole D. Galli is the founder and Managing Member of the ND Galli Law LLC, a boutique law firm located in Philadelphia and New York that focuses on business advice and litigation, especially with regard to intellectual property protection. Nicole’s practice focuses on commercial and IP litigation, IP counseling and trade secrets. Nicole opened her firm in 2015, after a twenty-year career at two AmLaw 100 firms, a boutique intellectual property firm, and a full-service regional firm, and it has been WBENC certified since 2017.

Nicole is a frequent speaker, author and thought leader on issues impacting women attorneys and entrepreneurs, as well as on various legal topics including intellectual property strategy, trade secrets protection and litigation, trademark, copyright and patent law and litigation, commercial litigation best practices and procedural matters, and litigation financing.

Nicole has served on numerous Boards and committees for non-profits, cultural organizations, a PAC and several professional organizations. She is also the founder and President of Women Owned Law (WOL), the first national networking organization dedicated to empowering and supporting women entrepreneurs in the law. In 2018, Nicole was named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction which spotlights the region's most influential businesswomen and was also selected as a 2019 Tory Burch Fellow by the Tory Burch Foundation for women’s entrepreneurship.

Nicole is a double alumnae of the University of Pennsylvania, earning her BA in 1989 and her law degree in 1992. She lives with her husband and two teenagers in Center City Philadelphia along with their exuberant Labrador Lucy and 5 (yes 5) cats.

View Nicole's Acceptance Speech
 

2019 WBE Leadership Award Winner

Francine Griesing, Griesing Law

Francine Friedman Griesing is the founder and Managing Member of Griesing Law, LLC, a women-owned and operated law firm based in Philadelphia with offices in Bucks County, Cincinnati and New York. Fran is a valued, strategic advisor to top executives and general counsel at the region’s and country’s largest corporations and institutions. Fran has over thirty five years of experience representing clients in complex business transactions, high stakes litigation and alternate dispute resolution matters.

After practicing at AmLaw 100 firms and as Litigation Chair for the City of Philadelphia, Fran founded Griesing Law so women could reach their potential in the male-dominated legal field. Fran is highly regarded as a trailblazing entrepreneur, selected by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and Bank of America as the 2018 Woman Business Owner of the Year and by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia as the 2018 Small Business Person of the Year.

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  ▫ Francine Griesing, Founder and Managing Member, Griesing Law
 

2018 Winner

Peggy Gionta, Partner's Consulting

 
“Sharing this award legacy with past honorees for whom I have the deepest respect and admiration is truly humbling.

I am so grateful for the unwavering support that we’ve received from WBEC PA-DE-sNJ over the years, as well as many of our clients and mentors who have been our most crucial advocates. We would not have these successes without their support.” - Peggy Gionta

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  ▫ Peggy Gionta, President, Partner’s Consulting
 

2017 Winner

Kimberly Springsteen-Abbott, Commonwealth Capital Corp.

Kim joined Commonwealth in 1997 as COO and took a small equipment leasing company and turned it into an expansive company with multiple channels of distribution and revenue. After the founder’s death, Kim grew the business from a “one-man show and one-man company” to a thriving business with a staff just under 100 employees.

As a part of the company's overall business strategy, she set an annual goal of procuring 30% of our total products and services from WBEs/MBEs. Commonwealth’s primary target for all vendors is first, WBEs within WBEC. Additionally, Kim has encouraged vendors to become WBENC certified, extoling the benefits of certification.

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  ▫ Kim Springsteen-Abbott, CEO, Commonwealth Capital Corp.
 

2016 Winner

Vivian Isaak, Magnum Group, Inc. 

 
“The best piece of business advice I received: What will I know a year from now that I wish I knew today.” - Vivian Isaak

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  ▫ Nominators - Mary Fox Donnelly, Encompass Elements
  ▫ Awardee - Vivian Isaak, Magnum Group, Inc.
  ▫ Peggy Del Fabbro, M. Davis & Sons, Inc.
  ▫ L. Jay Burks, Comcast Corporation
 

2015 Winner

Mary Fox Donnelly, Encompass Elements 

“Be patient and persistent. Life is not so much what you accomplish as what you overcome.” – Robin Roberts

“The WBEC is an amazing community. It is an honor working with a superb network of highly professional women who share a common goal of helping women business owners be successful.” - Mary Fox Donnelly

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  ▫ Nominator - Vivian Isaak, Magnum Group, Inc.
  ▫ Nominator - Cindy Towers, JURISolutions, Inc.
  ▫ Awardee - Mary Fox Donnelly, Encompass Elements
  ▫ Nominator - Peggy Del Fabbro, M. Davis & Sons, Inc.
  ▫ Nominator - Kathie O'Donnell, Corporate Distribution Ltd.
 

2014 Winner

Peggy Del Fabbro, M. Davis & Sons, Inc.

 
“Being awarded the 2014 WBEC PA-DE-sNJ WBE Leadership award is a tremendous honor. I know that I wouldn't be accepting this award without the efforts of the entire M. Davis team. Getting WBENC certified was one of the best things I've ever done and I truly believe that.” - Peggy Del Fabbro

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  ▫ Peggy Del Fabbro, CEO, M. Davis & Sons, Inc.
 

2013 Winner

Katrin Hillner, PC Network, Inc.

 
“I want to thank Geri Swift for her leadership of our regional council WBEC of PA-DE-sNJ. I am grateful for this recognition and am thrilled to be part of such a vibrant community of WBE and Supplier Diversity leaders. Every day we inspire each other to make a positive difference in our respective market segments.” - Katrin Hillner

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  ▫ Katrin Hillner, President and CEO, PC Network, Inc.
 

2012 Winner

Mary Jo Gaumer, Cablelinks, Inc.

 
“Everyone in this room shares this award with me. Each and every day we open our eyes, put our feet on the ground and lead! Whether it is through work or our personal life, our ability to direct people to success is the ultimate satisfaction. I cannot express how much I appreciate the honor of being recognized by such a wonderful group of women business owners, I thank you.” - Mary Jo Gaumer

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  ▫ Nominator - Cynthia Funaro Towers, Esq., President and CEO, JuriSolutions Inc
  ▫ Awardee - Mary Jo Gaumer, President and CEO, CableLinks, Inc.
 

2011 Winner

Cynthia Towers, JuriStaff Inc.

“I am very fortunate to be a part of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council and grateful to be recognized with this year’s WBE Leadership Award. It’s a privilege to be surrounded by so many amazing women business leaders and dedicated corporate partners who share an unyielding commitment to the advancement and growth of women-owned businesses. Leadership in this organization is contagious and I thank everyone associated with WBEC for their mentoring and example.” - Cindy Towers

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  ▫ Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC
  ▫ George Ehrgott, Chair of WBEC
  ▫ Awardee - Cindy Towers, WBE Leadership Award Winner, President & CEO, JuriStaff Inc.
  ▫ Michele M. McHenry, President, Laser Lab, Inc.
 

2010 Winner

Michele McHenry, Laser Lab

 
“Make every moment matter! I believe that life is all about relationships and leadership is about helping as many people you can, be the best they can be, by helping them develop their gifts and talents to the best of their ability.“ - Michele M. McHenry, Laser Lab, Inc.

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  ▫ Awardee - Michele McHenry, Laser Lab, Inc.
  ▫ Nominator - Judith Zimmermann, Artcraft Promotional Concepts