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WINS 30th Event


Judith M. von Seldeneck

Judith M. von Seldeneck
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In marking the 30th anniversary of its Women In Natural Sciences program, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University plans to honor a Philadelphia executive who exemplifies the ideals of the highly successful museum initiative.

WINS is a free mentoring and science enrichment program for young women in grades 9 through 12, particularly from economically disadvantaged families and schools. The goal of the program, created by the Academy 30 years ago, is to provide new opportunities in science learning to overcome historical underrepresentation of females in science-related professions. More than 700 students have participated in the program and 100 percent have graduated high school. 96 percent have gone on to college, with 60 percent pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering or math.

On Tuesday, June 5, Academy President and CEO George W. Gephart, Jr., will host and Congressman Chaka Fattah and NBC 10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah will chair an event celebrating three decades of WINS successes and honoring Judith M. von Seldeneck, founder, chairman and CEO of Diversified Search. The event at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad St., begins at 11 a.m. with a reception, followed by lunch and speakers, including WINS graduates who now hold professional positions. More information is available at

Von Seldeneck, of Philadelphia, has been a pioneer in the executive search industry and a leader in placing qualified women and diversity candidates for more than 35 years. She is co-founder of the Forum of Executive Women, the largest membership organization for women business leaders in the Philadelphia area. Von Seldeneck has received many local and national industry and community awards and has been recognized by the executive search industry as setting the standard for retained executive search. She has been active for many years on public, private and not-for-profit boards of directors.

“Judee is an inspiring role model, connector, mentor and motivator,” said Gephart. “She clearly exemplifies the ideals of WINS.”

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