Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP proudly participated in the inaugural "POWER: Opening Doors For Women" networking event in Philadelphia on Thursday, September 25.

POWER is a Chicago-based effort to establish a forum for women of great potential to interact with other women in high-level positions. Philadelphia was selected to inaugurate the launch of the POWER networking concept in cities beyond Chicago.

The event began with more than 250 women attending a reception at the Comcast Center.  Following the reception, the participants attended one of 10 simultaneous, topic-specific dinners, during which a panel of prominent women discussed their business experiences and professional development.

Ballard sponsored "C-Suite: This Way to the Top," hosted by Lynn E. Rzonca, managing partner of Ballard's Philadelphia office.  The panel of speakers was Jane H. Hollingsworth, CEO and co-founder of NuPathe Inc.; Judy Spires, President of Acme Markets, Inc.; Henrietta N. Ukwu, M.D., Vice President – Global Regulatory Affairs for Asia Pacific and Latin America, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals; and Anne M. Wilms, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Rohm and Haas Company.

Speakers’ Bios

Lynn E. Rzonca is a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Group at Ballard. Since 2006, she has been the managing partner of Ballard’s Philadelphia office, one of the few women at an Am Law 100 law firm to serve in that role. Ms. Rzonca also devotes significant time to community service outside Ballard, sitting on the board of directors of the nationally recognized Juvenile Law Center, based in Philadelphia, and of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- the second oldest animal humane society in the nation. Both at Ballard and in the broader community, Ms. Rzonca is recognized for mentoring young female associates, an extension of her longstanding commitment to supporting and promoting the professional growth of young women.

Jane Hollingsworth is a leader in the biotech community in Philadelphia and active in fostering the growth of entrepreneurship. NuPathe Inc. is a Philadelphia-area specialty pharmaceutical company with a focus on neurology and psychiatry. The company is currently developing the first-ever patch for the treatment of migraines and a novel, long-acting treatment for Parkinson's disease.

Judy Spires' dedication to leading and expanding business operations as well as her commitment to serving charitable organizations have made her a distinguished member of the business community. Ms. Spires has spent 30 years in the grocery industry and has held various positions within companies that include American Stores, SUPERVALU Inc., and Albertsons. At Albertsons, she served as president of both the Albertsons Dallas/Fort Worth Division and the Rocky Mountain Division. Ms. Spires is a board member for many local organizations, including the Forum Foundation, which provides resources for the development of women.

Dr. Henrietta Ukwu is a pharmaceutical industry executive with extensive regulatory and drug/biologics development/registration experience. Dr. Ukwu joined Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in October 2004 as Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs (GRA), for all therapeutic areas, with a staff of over 60 individuals and an extensive portfolio spanning all therapeutic areas of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, including drugs, vaccines, and biologics. In April 2008, she transitioned to Vice President - GRA for Asia Pacific and Latin America, with a regional and affiliate regulatory staff of over 100 team members. In these positions, Dr. Ukwu’s responsibilities have included overseeing strategic plans for product development and registration; managing regulatory interactions with Boards of Health; designing/leading strategic and process improvement initiatives across GRA; and ensuring rigorous regulatory standards and successful registration of new drugs. During this period at Wyeth, Dr. Ukwu has overseen the successful submission of eight New Drug Applications (NDAs) and six new drug approvals (FDA).

Anne Wilms has global responsibility for all aspects of Information Technology at Rohm and Haas. In January 2005, she was appointed to the executive council. Previously, she was with Sonat, Inc., based in Birmingham, Alabama, as vice president and chief information officer responsible for all corporate information technology. Earlier in her career, she held a variety of IT management positions, including with Oracle Corporation, based in Redwood City, California, and as director of information systems for Wisconsin Power and Light in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

 

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