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Supporting women in Hershey, Pa.

Penn State Commission for Women in Hershey extends a warm welcome to all employees and students at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.

The Commission for Women seeks to promote women’s initiatives in the areas of equity, maternity and child/elder care concerns, mentoring, professional development and recognition, strengthening networking and social connections and workplace safety.

There is no requirement for membership, and all employees of Hershey Medical Center and the College of Medicine are encouraged to join, regardless of gender.

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Penn State Commission for Women in Hershey seeks to promote the efforts of faculty, staff, trainees and students affiliated with Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to allow for the full and equitable participation, advancement and collaboration of women by identifying and resolving issues pertinent to women on the Hershey campus.

In addition, a key focus of the Commission for Women is to identify and actively support women’s needs within the broader community.

The group was organized in 2011 as the Organization for the Advancement of Women, and in 2015 was recognized as an officially supported campus organization in Hershey.

Learn more about the group’s history See bylaws

Julie Gill is the 2019-2020 chair for Penn State Commission for Women in Hershey.

She has been a member of the Commission for Women since 2016 and has served on the both the Promotions and Marketing and Program and Events committees.

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Julie Gill, 2019-2020 chair, Penn State Commission for Women in Hershey

Gill is strongly committed to the mission of the organization, specifically with regard to supporting and guiding employees with their professional and personal development. As such, she initiated a mentoring program last year to connect colleagues with one another who could advise on a variety of work-related issues; she is also a mentor in the program. This highly successful program is now in its second year.

As a medical educator, Gill is the liaison between the College of Medicine’s Hershey track and University Park track, helping to bridge their clinical programs and related curriculum development. In this capacity, she also collaborates with the college’s affiliate sites where students undertake clinical rotations, and oversees comparability of programs between all sites in which students are placed.

Gill is a member of the Curriculum Leadership Team for the University Park track and engages in multiple activities related to programs in University Park and that track of the MD Program.

Gill is a member of the Learning Consortium and Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS); mentors faculty, staff and graduate students; ​engages regularly with activities at the Hershey Story Museum’s All Things Diversity programs; and is actively involved with gender equity and environmental issues.

See all current CFW Executive Committee members


  • Jessica Yingst (2020-2021)

Past chairs

  • Penny Devlin (2018-2019)
  • Lidija Petrovic-Dovat (2017-2018)
  • Catherine Caruso (2016-2017)
  • Mary Leone (2015-2016)
  • Lisa Walborn (2014-2015)
  • Maria Baker (2013-2014)
  • Soha Ghossani (2012-2013)
  • Patricia Sue Grigson (founder)

The mentoring program of Penn State Commission for Women in Hershey is designed to enhance professional and personal development among faculty, staff and technical-service employees by connecting them with others who can provide advice on a variety of work-related issues, including career planning, job skill enhancement and campuswide involvement.

See mentoring program details

The Commission for Women presents two annual awards – the 3C Award and the Mentoring Award.

3C Award

Since 2013, Penn State Commission for Women’s 3C Award has recognized the significant effort of an individual, regardless of gender, whose work and volunteer efforts have impacted the advancement of women within or outside the University in the areas of commitment, community and change. The award is open to all faculty, staff, fellows, trainees and students, regardless of gender.

Calls for this award occur early each year, with the winner announced in March during Women’s History Month.

Learn more about this award

Mentoring Award

The Penn State Commission for Women Mentoring Award recognizes faculty, staff and trainees for exemplary and effective mentorship. The award recognizes a mentor who has voluntarily helped others to reach their potential professionally and personally.

Calls for this award occur in early spring, with the winner announced at the CFW General Assembly.

Learn more about this award

Throughout the year, the Commission for Women holds a variety of events for its members and all interested colleagues, students and trainees.

Events are developed with the CFW mission in mind of addressing women’s issues and needs within the internal and external community of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

Recordings of select past events can be viewed on Mediasite (Penn State Health ePass login required).

See upcoming meetings and events

In 2017, Penn State Commission for Women in Hershey conducted a climate survey to discern issues of importance and satisfaction with campus resources.

In total, 1,535 Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine employees and students completed the survey.

See 2017 climate survey results

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