The Pennsylvania Commission for Women 2012-2013 Strategic Plan


The Pennsylvania Commission for Women (PCW) is a commission within Governor Tom Corbett’s administration. PCW will focus in the three key areas of supporting Economic Development, Mentorship, and Civic Engagement opportunities for women and girls in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The mission of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women is to identify and advance the diverse needs and interests of Pennsylvania women and girls; to inform, to educate and advocate for its constituents and to provide opportunities to empower women and girls to reach their highest potential. The Commission monitors women’s educational and employment needs, promotes job training and upward mobility for women, and encourages the operation and support of small businesses owned and operated by women.

Overview: The current PCW was formed by an Executive Order of Governor Tom Corbett in 2012. PCW is a thirty panel commission of diverse women from around the Commonwealth. The first PCW general meeting was held in July 2012 and several regional meetings were conducted to hone several initiatives of focus. The Commissioners’ feedback was crucial in identifying our trajectory. PCW goals follow SMART structure guidelines with results oriented program initiatives.

PCW Leadership: Chair, Sue Schick, CEO of United Health Care PA & DE Vice-Chair, Gina Pferdehirt, UPMC Director of Public & Community Relations Executive Director, Maria Montero.

History: The Pennsylvania Commission for Women (PCW) was formed by an Executive Order of Governor Tom Corbett in 2012. PCW is a thirty panel commission of diverse women from around the Commonwealth. The first PCW general meeting was held in July 2012 and several regional meetings were conducted to hone initiatives and the commission’s strategic focus. The Commissioners’ feedback was crucial in identifying our trajectory. PCW goals follow SMART structure guidelines with results-oriented program initiatives.

General Meetings - PCW will meet as a full body four times a year in the Rachel Carson Building, 400 Market Street, Room 105, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301 on the following dates: To Be Determined.

Sub-committees meetings - will be held, as needed, throughout the year, either in person or via teleconference and announced by e-mail and/or posted on the PCW web site.

Partnership with Team PA - PCW is a partner organization with Team PA. Team PA helps bridge the gap between private and public sector to facilitate cost effective government. PCW’s program initiatives are supported by private sector financial investments, through tax-deductible PCW earmarked contributions via Team PA. Any business, organization, or individual may make contributions to PCW through Team PA.

PCW Program Initiatives



1. PW Web Site- will be designed as an informational resource focused in providing beneficial information for the women and girls of the commonwealth. It will be designed as a clearing house to interlink key state and agency websites, in addition to best practice organizations throughout the state who are aligned with PCW’s focus’ of economic development and mentorship opportunities for women and girls. The PCW site will also house information regarding Women in Work Statistics, information on access to educational grants and vocational training focused in high employment opportunities like STEM and healthcare careers.

2. Hannah Penn Leadership Award - The objective of the PCW’s Award is to inspire leadership among women across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by proactively highlighting innovative approaches to mentoring. The first award ceremony is targeted for March 2014. The recipients of the recognition are intended to be a role model, inspiration, and resource for women and organizations serving women. The awards will be presented in three mentorship categories:
A. Business Leadership
B. Civic & Volunteer Leadership
C. Rising Star (ages 16-29)

3. PCW’s Executive Director and Commission participates in other women’s support events as seen appropriate via the PCW Executive Order in conjunction with the Governor’s Office such as Guest Speakers, panels and forum discussion leaders in promoting PCW goals and promoting the Governor’s initiatives.

4. PCW’s partnership with Team PA allows PCW to be supported financially by institutions, organizations, individuals and businesses as a 501(c)(3). All our women and girls’ leadership projects are made possible through the generosity of our donors. Please help PCW identify potential donors to support our empowerment of the girls and women of our Commonwealth.

The PCW leadership team and Commissioners look forward to working in conjunction with the Governor’s office, all state agencies, and organizations in the Commonwealth in support of Economic Development, Mentorship, and Civic Engagement opportunities for women and girls in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Commission for Women Leadership and Commissioners

FAQ's



1. When was the Pennsylvania Commission founded?
Answer: The first commission for women was called the Commission on the Status of Women, it was founded in 1964.

2. How many women live in PA?
Answer: 51.3% if the PA population are women according to the 2010 Census date Approximately 6.5 million women live in PA.

3. What are the goals of Commission?
Answer: The main focus of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women is to help support and promote:
A. Women’s Business leadership. Approximately 30% of PA firms are owned by women
B. Promoting and women's civic leadership. Currently less than 20% of the PA House and Senate are women.
C. Promoting and supporting mentoring for young women and girls.

4. Does PCW hold the PA Conference for Women?
Answer: No. In the past an event named the Governor’s Pennsylvania Conference for Women was run under PCW, however the event is no longer run by the Commission. Future events focusing n Women’s Business and Civic leadership will be spearheaded by PCW on a statewide platform.