Cabrini College invites leaders in the corporate and non-profit sectors to serve as Executives in Residence.
They serve one‑ or two‑day residencies on campus and meet with students, faculty, and staff to discuss their style of leadership as it relates to their work and personal life.
These leaders will be selected for their extraordinary spiritual, emotional, and organizational leadership accomplishments.
The Honorable Renée Cardwell Hughes is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania, which covers the City of Philadelphia and the 17 counties from the Delaware border to the New York border.
She is responsible for the provision of American Red Cross Humanitarian Services including disaster response, preparedness, and recovery, in addition to service to the armed forces.
Judge Hughes retired from the Court of Common Pleas, where she served in the Trial Division. Prior to becoming a member of the judiciary, Judge Hughes was in private practice and specialized in corporate, health care, worker's compensation, and insurance defense law.
She also served as general counsel for the Law School Admissions Council and Law School Admissions Services.
Judge Hughes was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of PA to serve on the Advisory Board to Reform the First Judicial District. She served on the Advisory Committee for the PA Suggested Standard Criminal Jury Instructions.
In 2005, Judge Hughes was appointed to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency by Governor Edward G. Rendell and re-appointed in 2011 by Governor Tom Corbett.
Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, she served on the Judicial Independence Commission of the PA Supreme Court, which is charged with advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of an independent judiciary.
She served on the PA Commission on Sentencing and served on the Constitution Project’s bi-partisan blue ribbon committee on sentencing, and on the Advisory Committee to the General Assembly of PA to examine the issues of geriatric and seriously ill prisoners.
Judge Hughes serves as a course planner for the PA Bar Institute on the subject of capital case litigation. She is president of the Board of Directors for The Sentencing Project, a national think tank working to reduce racial disparity in the criminal justice system.
In 2011, Judge Hughes spearheaded a collaborative of judges and lawyers which resulted in the publication of a Bench book addressing issues of witness intimidation in the courtroom. She was active in the PA Conference of State Trial Judges having served on the Education Committee and the Legislative Liaison Committee.
Active in national, state and local bar associations, Judge Hughes served as President of the Barrister’s Association and President of the National Bar Association, Women Layer’s Division Philadelphia Chapter.
Her writings are published in Temple University Law School’s Journal of Civil and Political Rights and the American Correctional Association’s Annual Report on the State of Corrections. She is a Peer Reviewer for the Duquesne University Criminal Law Journal and a member of the National Association of Women Trial Judges and the American Judges Association.
Judge Hughes’ involvement in the community is extensive. She serves on the Board of Directors of Independence Blue Cross, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce/ Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia Health Fund, The Haverford Trust Company, The Forum for a Better Pennsylvania, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Joseph J. Peters Institute—a non-profit mental health agency—and the Board of Advisors at Roman Catholic High School.
She is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and currently teaches at Drexel University and Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Judge Hughes was inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame. She was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader, and Philadelphia Style Magazine named her one of the city’s Power Women.
If interested in becoming part of this series of leadership experts, or if you have any questions, please contact Maria E. Vizcarrondo, Executive Director of the Nerney Leadership Institute, at 610‑902‑1066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.