Friday, August 10, 2012

Need Something Done? Ask a Woman.

Margaret Thatcher once said, “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” Governor Corbett took her words to heart recently when he appointed 29 new members to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. I am honored to say that I was asked to chair this group of sharp, accomplished and dedicated business and community leaders.

The Pennsylvania Commission for Women serves as the Commonwealth's advocate agency for legislation affecting women. We are tasked with identifying and advancing the diverse needs and interests of Pennsylvania women and girls by monitoring women’s educational and employment needs, promoting job training and upward mobility for women, encouraging the operation and support of women owned businesses, and creating mentoring programs.

I was humbled by the Governor’s offer and it didn’t take me long to realize that it was something I could not pass up. At the core of my business and personal values is a dedication to mentoring. I would never have achieved all I have without the advice and support of those inspiring women who have come before me. I am grateful for the opportunity to help support so many women.

We had our first statewide organizational meeting earlier this week to get the ball rolling! At our upcoming regional meetings and work groups, I know we will accomplish much toward our goals of advocating for women’s economic opportunities, civic engagement and mentoring programs.

“The women selected to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women are diverse and dynamic, their impact in our state has been significant. I look forward to the great successes the Pennsylvania Commission for Women will achieve.” Governor, we won’t let you down.

Governor Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania Commission on Women


  1. On mentoring: It is indeed deeply gratifying when one has an opportunity to share knowledge and experience which helps others advance their own careers. I often reflect on a particular mentor of mine as I guide others.

    Lawrence Earl, MD

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Larry. I, too, often think of those who mentored me and try to pass on the experience to those I mentor.

  2. Hi Sue,

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    1. Annabelle, thank you for your comment. You can email Mary McElrath-Jones at with any questions or opportunities related to UnitedHealthcare.