The Ivy Young Willis and Martha Willis Dale Award Ceremony and Reception
Each year, the History and Political Science Department recognizes a woman who has made a noteworthy contribution to the civic life of her community; local, regional, national, or international. She is invited to Cabrini to speak to our students and receive the Ivy Young Willis and Martha Willis Dale Award.
This year’s recipient, PA State Representative Jennifer M. O'Mara, is being honored for her creative, innovative and progressive contributions to public affairs.
Thursday, September 14, 2023, 3–5 pm,
VIP Reception starting at 2:30 pm
Woodcrest Mansion, Cabrini University Campus
Register by Sept. 7 to ensure your seat.
- All are welcome to attend this free event.
- Directions are available at cabrini.edu/directions.
The Ivy Young Willis and Martha Willis Dale Award Ceremony and Reception was initially established in 1992 by William G. Willis to honor Ivy, his late wife, and modified in 2014 by John Dale to honor Martha, his late wife and daughter of Ivy and William.
Ivy Young Willis was a teacher, administrator and reading consultant. She was a pioneer in the design of a curriculum for the teaching of reading on television at WQED in Pittsburgh, the country’s first public television station. In her honor, the award ceremony was established at then Cabrini College, now Cabrini University, to honor a woman who made an outstanding contribution in the field of public affairs.
Martha Willis Dale, former alumni director at Cabrini University for 26 years, modeled her mother’s teaching through her life of service to students, alumni, and the community. This series is dedicated to their memories and strong beliefs that women have a unique talent for improving the climate and conduct of public affairs.
Beth E. Sturman
Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, PhD
Founder of In His EyesOutreach
Civil Rights Pioneer
|Simone Campbell, SSS
Executive Director of NETWORK
|Joan M. Buzzallino ’66
Vice President of Human Resources for IBM’s Global Industries
|Risa Vetri Ferman
District Attorney of Montgomery County
CBS 3 News Anchor
Executive Director, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Political Commentator for ABC News and Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio
|Lisa Johnson Nutter
President, Philadelphia Academies, Inc.
Secretary of Environmental Protection for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
President of The Amoore Group; Healthcare and Political Activist
|State Senator Connie Williams (D 17th, Haverford & Montgomery)
Political and Civic Leader and Philanthropist
|Catherine Baker Knoll
Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
“Worldview” Columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer
|Mary Beth Senkewicz ’76
Deputy Insurance Commissioner, State of Florida
President of Moore College of Art and Design
President of The League of Women Voters of the United States
|Buntzie Ellis Churchill
President of the World Affairs Council
Native American Activist and Scholar
Tiananmen Square Leader and Business Entrepreneur
|Mary Frances Berry
Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at University of Pennsylvania
|Violetta Barrios de Chamorro
President of Nicaragua
Superintendent of Schools, Philadelphia School District