On November 5th, 2015, SWEP of Greater Philadelphia celebrated its’ 19th Annual Touchstones Award reception at the Radnor Hotel in Radnor, PA. The theme was: Preparing the Future through Leadership and Mentoring. The evening started with a VIP Cocktail Hour and Event Sponsor Exhibits.
It is our sponsors’ commitment to SWEP that makes this organization successful both for the Touchstone Awards and all year long. After paying the fees to put on this wonderful evening, any remaining sponsorship funds go directly towards SWEP of Greater Philadelphia’s Scholarship and Grants Programs. And, as in years past, the good cause went arm-in-arm with a good time had by all who attended!
The 2015 event was co-chaired by Angela Price and Stephanie Rittenhouse, who were backed by a talented committee of SWEP volunteers. Angela and fellow board member, Amy Cafarella served as emcees for the awards ceremony.
During the November 2015 evening, SWEP was honored to celebrate and host two outstanding women, whom have lead and mentored many within the environmental field in the Philadelphia region: Keynote Speaker and State Representative Kate Harper, and SWEP Touchstone Awardee Beth Davidson Hyde.
Kate Harper, a current Pennsylvania State Representative of the 61st Legislative District, was the evenings’ Keynote Speaker. As State Representative of the 61st Legislative District, Kate M. Harper is focused on preserving the environment, improving transportation infrastructure and protecting public safety. Representative Harper’s remarks proved to not only be entertaining, but educational to all.
Beth graduated from Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut with a degree in Urban and Environmental Studies. She started her career in municipal wastewater with an engineering firm out of Princeton,NJ. She then went to NJDEP in the Superfund program as Assistant Community Relations Manager. Later she was legislative liaison and Executive Assistant to then Director of Solid and Hazardous Waste. She left NJDEP to become Compliance Manager for a TSDF and encouraged the company to move from spill response to site remediation. She worked on over 15 Superfund sites in the Tri-state area. Beth went back into consulting with a subsidiary of Waste Management for six years. After her son was 6 months old she took a part-time position as Business Development Manager at Roux Associates where she has been ever since.
2015 was SWEP ’s 19th year presenting this award and our organization has honored a host of outstanding women with the Touchstone Award previously. View the full list of Past Honorees here.