The Women of Walnut (WOW women) are making an impact across industries and sectors throughout Philadelphia. Here are just a few of our members who are making an impact in Philadelphia.

Dawn Burke Sena

Dawn Burke Sena is the co-owner of Panorama Restaurant and Wine Bar in Old City, and also the hotel in which it is located, the historic Penn’s View Hotel. She has over three decades of experience in the hospitality industry, with jobs held at the former Playboy Hotel & Casino and the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City and The Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia. Dawn’s diligent work ethic and attention to detail earned her a seat at the table as the youngest and first female hotel General Manager in Philadelphia.

Desiree Peterkin Bell

Desiree Peterkin Bell has served and advised four big-city U.S. mayors and worked for two U.S. presidents. She wrote the proposal that brought the DNC to PHL, advised for the DNCC and has structured deals for brands like Jay Z and Made in America.

The Walnut Club is kicking off our new “Walnut Wisdom” series by featuring a fascinating conversation with Desiree.  She will be discussing the behind-the-scenes of politics, what Michelle Obama is really like and if she thinks her former boss, Cory Booker, will ever run for president. Desiree’s personal platform is about “Purpose, Not Position”.

Angela Harris

Angela Harris is a Portfolio Analyst at Independence Blue Cross. She is an experienced IT Professional who has worked in diverse private sector settings in the Philadelphia Area. Angela currently works in IBC’s Information Technology Project Management Office (PMO). She also serves as the Group Leader for the Women of Independence Associate Resource Group. Angela also very active in the community, serves on several boards, and is a mentor to young women. Angela recently received the Woman Achieving Award from The Philadelphia Tribune.

Teena Ferroni

Teena Ferroni is the Director of Talent Acquisition with Aramark. As a leader and connector in the community and in the arts, Teena serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of BalletX and serves on event committees of organizations such as InLiquid and MANNA, and The Career Wardrobe.

Lydia Holiat

Lydia C. Holiat is a Portfolio Manager with Haverford Trust and has more than 14 years of experience in the financial service industry.  Lydia specializes in helping successful individuals and families achieve preservation of capital and growth of capital.

Margye Solomon

Margye Solomon has been forging a path of disruption for professional women and entrepreneurs from Cincinnati to Philadelphia. She is a Founding Member of Ellevate in Cincinnati as well as a Founding Member of The Walnut Club.

Jennifer Dubin

Jennifer Dubin is the Associate Director of Individual Giving & Patron Services at Opera Philadelphia. She is a nonprofit arts fundraising professional who thrives on building relationships with donors and sharing her passion for the arts.

Stephanie W. McCullough

Stephanie W. McCullough is the Founder of Sofia Financial. She helps smart, professional Boomer and GenX women align their money story with their deepest-held values and commitments.

Jen Groover

Speaker, author and innovator, Jen Groover, has been tagged by SUCCESS Magazine as a “One-Woman Brand,” a “Creativity and Innovation Guru, and a leading “Serial Entrepreneur” by Entrepreneur Magazine. She was also ranked #8 by SAP in the top 51 influencers for Human Potential.

Diane Sharp-Nachsin

Following a career as a professional dancer, Diane Sharp-Nachsin turned a dream into a reality by launching her very own SHARP Dance Company which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this season.

Ashley Dunek

Ashley Dunek is a superstar on the basketball court and in the networking arena, heading up special events for Jersey Man/Philly Man Magazine’s private club for business development: The Legacy Club.

Suzanne Garber

Suzanne Garber is the CEO and Founder of Gauze. She serves on many boards, is a filmmaker, author, speaker and citizen of the world.

Jennifer Lynn Robinson, Esq.

Jennifer Lynn Robinson, Esq. is the CEO and Founder of “Purposeful Networking.” She conducts workshops, seminars and speaking engagements for workplaces, business associations, non-profits and conferences.

Natanya DiBona

Natanya DiBona is a WOW woman who’s making a name for herself as an organizer of some of the best events in Philly.