Women@Grant Thornton Hosts 8th Annual Women's Leadership Breakfast

The panel of successful women business leaders discusses the role of women in the workplace.  Panelists from left to right: Angie Simmons, VP of Strategic Development for Aramark, Ellen Purdy, CFO of Renmatix, Autumn Bayles, Executive VP of Multichannel Platforms for QVC and moderator of the event, Marjorie Margolies, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and current adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
The panel of successful women business leaders discusses the role of women in the workplace. Panelists from left to right: Angie Simmons, VP of Strategic Development for Aramark, Ellen Purdy, CFO of Renmatix, Autumn Bayles, Executive VP of Multichannel Platforms for QVC and moderator of the event, Marjorie Margolies, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and current adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • The panel of successful women business leaders discusses the role of women in the workplace.  Panelists from left to right: Angie Simmons, VP of Strategic Development for Aramark, Ellen Purdy, CFO of Renmatix, Autumn Bayles, Executive VP of Multichannel Platforms for QVC and moderator of the event, Marjorie Margolies, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and current adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
    The panel of successful women business leaders discusses the role of women in the workplace. Panelists from left to right: Angie Simmons, VP of Strategic Development for Aramark, Ellen Purdy, CFO of Renmatix, Autumn Bayles, Executive VP of Multichannel Platforms for QVC and moderator of the event, Marjorie Margolies, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and current adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
    The panel of successful women business leaders discusses the role of women in the workplace.  Panelists from left to right: Angie Simmons, VP of Strategic Development for Aramark, Ellen Purdy, CFO of Renmatix, Autumn Bayles, Executive VP of Multichannel Platforms for QVC and moderator of the event, Marjorie Margolies, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and current adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
    The panel of successful women business leaders discusses the role of women in the workplace. Panelists from left to right: Angie Simmons, VP of Strategic Development for Aramark, Ellen Purdy, CFO of Renmatix, Autumn Bayles, Executive VP of Multichannel Platforms for QVC and moderator of the event, Marjorie Margolies, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and current adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Another shot of the panelists at this year's Women@Grant Thornton 8th annual women's leadership breakfast.
    Another shot of the panelists at this year's Women@Grant Thornton 8th annual women's leadership breakfast.
    Another shot of the panelists at this year's Women@Grant Thornton 8th annual women's leadership breakfast.
    Another shot of the panelists at this year's Women@Grant Thornton 8th annual women's leadership breakfast.
  • Ellen Purdy, CFO of Renmatix, meets with one of the participants after the Women@Grant Thornton event held last week at the Union League in Philadelphia.
    Ellen Purdy, CFO of Renmatix, meets with one of the participants after the Women@Grant Thornton event held last week at the Union League in Philadelphia.
    Ellen Purdy, CFO of Renmatix, meets with one of the participants after the Women@Grant Thornton event held last week at the Union League in Philadelphia.
    Ellen Purdy, CFO of Renmatix, meets with one of the participants after the Women@Grant Thornton event held last week at the Union League in Philadelphia.
  • It wasn't just women who attended last week's women's leadership event; a large turnout of women and men listen to the panelists and enjoy breakfast in the Union League's Grant Room.
    It wasn't just women who attended last week's women's leadership event; a large turnout of women and men listen to the panelists and enjoy breakfast in the Union League's Grant Room.
    It wasn't just women who attended last week's women's leadership event; a large turnout of women and men listen to the panelists and enjoy breakfast in the Union League's Grant Room.
    It wasn't just women who attended last week's women's leadership event; a large turnout of women and men listen to the panelists and enjoy breakfast in the Union League's Grant Room.
  • Panelists at Thursday's Women@Grant Thornton 8th Annual Women's Leadership Breakfast event answer a question from an audience member.
    Panelists at Thursday's Women@Grant Thornton 8th Annual Women's Leadership Breakfast event answer a question from an audience member.
    Panelists at Thursday's Women@Grant Thornton 8th Annual Women's Leadership Breakfast event answer a question from an audience member.
    Panelists at Thursday's Women@Grant Thornton 8th Annual Women's Leadership Breakfast event answer a question from an audience member.
PHILADELPHIA, June 13, 2012 – On Thursday, June 7, the Philadelphia office of Grant Thornton LLP's Women@Grant Thornton hosted its 8th annual women’s leadership breakfast, “Unleashing Leadership Potential: One Step at a Time,” at The Union League of Philadelphia.

An initiative of the firm to significantly enhance the recruitment, retention and advancement of client-serving women, Women@Grant Thornton was established in 2005.  Since its inception, the number of women partners at the firm has nearly tripled, growing from 31 to 89, and representing 16.3 percent of the partnership. 

Each year, the Philadelphia office’s Women@Grant Thornton hosts a leadership breakfast, bringing together a panel of successful women business leaders to talk about issues that affect working women.

This year’s event focused on exploring strategies for inspired leadership, as well as “how-tos” for charting career progress one step at a time.  Moderated by former journalist and U.S. House of Representatives member and current University of Pennsylvania adjunct faculty professor Marjorie Margolies, the panel included:

• Autumn Bayles: Vice President, Strategic Development, Aramark
• Ellen Purdy: Chief Financial Officer, Renmatix
• Angie Simmons: Executive Vice President of Multichannel Platforms, QVC, Inc.

“Since 2005, the Women@Grant Thornton annual leadership breakfast has spotlighted issues of importance to working women,” said Wayne Kaplan, Philadelphia Office Managing Partner.  “This year’s panelists combined brought decades of experience in strategic growth, executive branding, management and finance – making them perfectly positioned to engage participants in a conversation about how women can become leaders in their careers.”

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