Women in Business
Take a memo: Delaware’s businesswomen have the vision, ability and tenacity to build thriving companies. Meet executives who’ve succeeded despite unthinkable loss, financial obstacles or resistance from employees in male-dominated fields.
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Judy Lewis, the senior Human Resources generalist and learning consultant at Wilmington Trust, is also an information technology wiz. Her first decade at Wilmington Trust was spent as a programmer analyst and manager in the IT department. But she is no geek. This double threat changed career paths in 2006. In short order, Lewis developed and expanded the company’s internship and summer hire programs. She also partnered with the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired to hire staffers. Lewis also helped develop the bank’s Kaleidoscope Cross-Cultural Networking event, which is designed to build relationships with women and candidates of color with leadership potential.
Diversity: More than a word Lewis is a member of the company’s Diversity Council, as well as Career Moves, a development program offered through a staff networking group called BEACON (Blacks Empowered and Committed through Opportunities and Networking).
A superstar Actually, she’s a Super Achiever, as named by Wilmington Trust. The award is given each year to 1 percent of Wilmington Trust staff members.
Ever hear the one about the editor who starts a new publication in the middle of a recession? It’s no joke. Editor and publisher Andréa Miller chuckled in the face of economic adversity and created Laugh!, a Delaware-based humor, arts and culture tabloid. “From a business perspective, it seemed that small- to mid-sized businesses were being priced out of print media advertising, and that established print media venues were cutting a lot of fun content to meet tight budgets,” Miller says. Laugh! offers great rates to advertisers and fun content to readers. But after Laugh!’s successful launch party, two partners resigned, and Miller had to fly solo. “It took a few months to learn to juggle hats...but I’m back on track and have every reason to believe the magazine is on course for ample belly laughs and jingling coin in pocket.”
Count ’em As a former reporter for The Community News, Miller won more Delaware Press Association awards for writing and photography than any other DPA member to date.
She’s got rhythm Miller also is an artist and cellist, having studied fine arts at Carnegie Mellon University and The Cleveland Institute of Art.
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