Uniting Powerful Women

January 20, 2014

Y to host first women’s leadership luncheon

NEW CASTLE, Pa., Jan 20, 2014 –The New Castle Community YMCA is calling all powerful women to join them in strengthening our community through leadership. Learn more at the first annual “Uniting Powerful Women Luncheon” at the New Castle Country Club on Feb 7.  The luncheon, presented by Pizza Joe’s and ESB Bank, will challenge women to unite together and commit to leadership roles and volunteer opportunities within their workplaces, schools, churches and communities.

Amy Fehrs, YMCA board vice-president and a member of the event committee, said, “Join us to see how women balance their personal and professional lives to willfully give of their time, talents and resources.”

The Y has outlined four goals for the event, including:

  1. To increase leadership engagement by professional women in our community
  2. To encourage women to seek out and accept leadership roles within their chosen careers
  3. To communicate volunteer service opportunities available in New Castle, so women can get involved
  4. To encourage and promote professional networking among women

Georgia Berner, president and CEO of Berner International, the first U.S. manufacturer of air curtains, will be the event’s featured speaker. Berner will speak about:

  • Her most significant achievements and greatest obstacles she’s overcome in her career
  • Life lessons she’s discovered throughout her career
  • How she balances work and personal life
  • Why community engagement is important

About our Speaker

After the death of her husband, Christian, Berner found herself in charge of an international business and a single mother to four children. Despite these circumstances, she managed to run the business with great success as the company expanded both growth and profits. While under her leadership, Berner International has become an employer of choice in the region, grown to over 65 employees and offers fully paid health benefits to all full-time employees.

Berner has a bachelor’s degree in political science and two master’s degrees in English literature and social psychology. She has received numerous awards and accolades over her career, sits on a number of boards and is a recognized advocate for energy conservation, social programs and philanthropy in Pennsylvania, as well as nationally. She has also designed and developed a non-partisan website (www.whatifpost.com) that provides a comprehensive look at the problems and the options for reforming health care in America.

Seating is limited for the event and women who want to attend should call the Y, 724-658-4766, to make a reservation. Tickets are $35 a person and will include lunch and a copy of the best-selling “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg.

About the Y

At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.