Fellows Sponsor:  The Higgins Group

Founded in 1998, the Higgins Group specializes in senior-level searches in both major pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology firms. Owner and Founder Donna Higgins has over two decades of experience in both emerging and large corporate environments, which translates into deep knowledge of and insight into the lifesciences world, a dedicated focus on the right results, and the willingness to understand and put clients' needs first. "The proof is in our track record of successful placements", says Donna Higgins. "Out of all the searches we've performed, 98% of those placed are still with their organizations and, of those on-board more than 18 months, over half have been promoted."



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Meet Our 2011 Fellows

AWE is pleased to announce the 2011 Fellows:  Heather Gibson, Joanne Lang and Justina Shaw.  The 2011 Fellows were formally presented during the Annual Celebration and Iris Newman Award program held November 16, 2010, at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.   Read Press Release



Heather Gibson
Sentry Art Advisory Services LLC

Heather Gibson is the Founder and Principal of Sentry Art Advisory Services LLC, an art advisory firm recently established as her first independent entrepreneurial endeavor. Utilizing nearly 20 years of experience in art management, Heather is now leveraging knowledge of the industry into the development of her own company, which focuses on helping corporations with the acquisition, management and resale of art in their facilities. Along with artwork, Sentry Art Advisory Services evaluates corporate artifacts for use within facilities and assists clients with understanding how their corporate identity or branding can translate into an inter-office experience for employees and visiting clients.

Heather is also in the process of launching a new e-commerce website, Art Display Center, which will sell a variety of products related to the presentation of artwork, with a primary focus on pedestals, standard-sized, ready-made frames, Plexiglas display props and custom artwork signage. Working in corporate America, and strongly aligned with Higher Education, Heather saw a need to supply these types of display elements for such businesses. These products can be re-used for multiple functions, and this business will provide them on an easily accessible wholesale basis.

Having spent the majority of the last twenty-five years in Philadelphia, the city has become home, which has lead Heather to volunteer with a number of local non-profits and serve as the Treasurer of Fresh Artists.


Joanne Lang
Founder & CEO
AboutOne.com, LLC


Family Information Can Be Streamlined With AboutOne
The accolades are endless: Mom’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence, The National Parenting Center “Seal of Approval,” fellowship recipient courtesy of the Alliance of Women, a glowing New York Times write-up — Joanne Lang has become something of a local, entrepreneurial celebrity.  More


Majority Women-Owned and Managed AboutOne Announces $1.6 Million in Series A Funding, Led by Golden Seeds  More

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Joanne Lang is the founder and CEO of AboutOne.com (and mom of four young boys), and a former SAP Labs executive who wanted to capitalize on her experience with cloud technology to help busy moms manage family life. She’d seen how cloud computing and business software allowed businesses to eliminate mundane tasks and gain new levels of efficiency, and she wanted to bring those same benefits to families.

AboutOne.com is a secure and private online subscription service that makes it easier to manage family life, providing one convenient location to quickly and easily store, manage, and retrieve family memories (text, photos and videos) and household information (health, possession, and education records, contacts and more) and access this data at home or away from home with a computer or cell phone.

Its patent-pending technology saves time on the everyday tasks moms manage; it not only complements the file cabinets, books, boxes, multiple web and desktop applications that are used to store personal information, but also lets users reap the benefits (both in time and money) that come when they can put their information to work. AboutOne’s business mission is to be the global de-facto standard for Family Management Systems and to carry out this mission with a philanthropic focus.

Joanne has 14 years experience in the software industry as an executive responsible for the go-to-market and business development of significant new software product launches, the most recent being the first enterprise SaaS offering for SAP Labs. She is certified by the Product Development Management Organization in New Product Development Design, Management and Launch, is a Chartered Accountant, and holds an AS degree in Business Information Technology. She previously worked at a consumer market start-up that went to $1 million in revenue (financial & management accounting, IT systems).

2011_Fellow_-_Justina_Shaw.JPGJustina Shaw
Founder and CEO

Justina Shaw is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OPPORTUNITIES-PA, and one of six founders of the nonprofit organization, Turning Point 180 (TP 180). TP 180 assists and educates African American men in Milwaukee. As a social worker for a nonprofit in Philadelphia, Justina witnessed an increase in young people seeking housing because their families were facing eviction or foreclosure, living in overcrowded situations, or aging out of foster care. In 2008, Justina established OPPORTUNITIES-PA (OPPORTUNITIES) to address the needs of homeless youth. OPPORTUNITIES enables homeless young people ages 18 to 25 to successfully transition from adolescence to adulthood.  

The mission of OPPORTUNITIES is to educate, equip, empower, and encourage homeless and other at risk youth and young adults to achieve their academic potential and professional goals by offering them supportive services and stable housing. Justina helps her clients obtain housing, employment and provides life coaching and mentoring to aid clients as they set short and long-term benchmarks with the ultimate goal of achieving self -sufficiency.  OPPORTUNITIES has a twelve member governing board, and ten dedicated volunteers that lend their expertise to strengthen the organization. OPPORTUNITIES also maintains partnerships with local organizations, businesses and globally recognized corporations.

A young man named David is one of the many OPPORTUNITIES success stories. With assistance from the organization, David obtained employment, and enrolled in trade school where he is now studying to become an electrician. David was also accepted into a local social service program that provides him with rental subsidy for a one-bedroom apartment. While David pushed himself to overcome great odds, he credits OPPORTUNITIES with helping him meet the many challenges along the way. David also credits the organization with identifying opportunities that made it possible for him to reach his short and long-term goals.

Justina earned a M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Eastern University in 2010 and a B.A. in Sociology while exploring her curiosity in business and psychology at Cardinal Stritch University in 2006. She has received numerous awards for her civic engagement activities including Presidential Student Service award, Dr. Martin Luther King Peacemaker award and Graduate of the Last Decade award from Cardinal Stritch in 2010.