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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As executive director and cofounder of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Carol Post is a leader on domestic violence issues in Delaware. Under her guidance, DCADV has grown in both size and scope to include a range of programs that improve Delaware’s response to domestic violence scenarios. Her staff of nine trains more than 1,500 professionals a year. Post, who also is engaged in policy and systems advocacy, implements public education and media outreach efforts on an ongoing basis. Her organization is one of only 14 state coalitions funded through the Centers for Disease Control.
Why college papers matter As a graduate student at UD, Post researched outcomes of domestic violence cases in Delaware’s Family Court. Her findings provided support for establishment of a volunteer-based court advocacy program that continues to help victims of domestic violence. Post is a 2008 recipient of UD’s Alumni Wall of Fame Award.
Court in session The State of Delaware Superior Court qualified Post as an expert witness for domestic violence cases.
As the Delaware Art Museum approaches its 100th anniversary in 2012, Danielle Rice is working to grow its endowment. “A healthy museum should draw its operating revenues roughly in equal parts from earned income, annual fundraising and revenues from the investment earnings generated by an endowment,” says Rice, executive director since 2005. The museum was on the road to fiscal stability when the market crash in 2008 eliminated $10 million from its investment portfolio. In 2009 Rice announced that her staff would take 10 percent pay cuts, yet managed to keep them motivated. Under Rice, individual giving has increased, as have partnerships with organizations such as the Latin American Community Center and the Hanlin Chinese Center. The museum has also adopted several troubled schools and is working with various arts and community service organizations to bring the visual arts to students.
On mentoring Three of Rice’s former interns became museum directors this year.
Cost savings The museum draws exhibits from its own collections, which saves thousands of dollars.
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