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Lorina Marshall-Blake honored by United Way’s Women’s Initiative

By March 25, 2015September 22nd, 2016News

IBC Foundation president recognized for her leadership, philanthropy, and volunteerism

Philadelphia, PA – March 25, 2015 — Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, today received the 2015 Women’s Initiative Award during United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s (UWGPSNJ) Women’s Initiative Gala at the Crystal Tea Room.

The Gala supports Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow — the Women’s Initiative’s signature program that empowers girls in grades 7 through 12 from underserved communities, helping them embrace their leadership potential while developing heightened awareness of educational and career opportunities. Since its inception in 2003, the Women’s Initiative has raised over $3 million in support of this program and others that improve the lives of underserved women and girls.

Now in its second decade, the Women’s Initiative is a leadership network committed to philanthropy and volunteerism. Its members aim to support United Way’s mission by encouraging women to recognize their philanthropic power and engage in service projects that strengthen programs for underserved women and girls.

“I’m honored to be recognized by an organization that I so greatly admire and that has done so much to help young women find and pursue their life’s ambitions,” said Marshall-Blake. “There’s nothing more rewarding that seeing a young person recognize their potential and look beyond any of their perceived limitations to achieve their goals. Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow helps girls at a crucial time in their lives and through mentors, role models, and innovative programs, sets them on a path of great self-discovery.”

Each year, the Women’s Initiative Gala attracts more than 800 attendees and is the forum through which UWGPSNJ publicly acknowledges the Women’s Initiative Honoree, a woman whose personal and career accomplishments exemplify philanthropic and professional leadership.

Marshall-Blake joined Independence Blue Cross in 1991 working with local, state, and federal legislators on matters relevant to Independence Blue Cross. In October of 2011, she became the president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, and helped to define its mission to lead solutions for a healthier community. Today, under Marshall-Blake’s leadership, the $65 million Independence Blue Cross Foundation has established itself as a philanthropic force locally, regionally, and nationally, earning the 2014 Corporate Foundation of the Year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Marshall-Blake’s commitment to service is exemplified throughout her professional and personal life. She has been honored for her leadership and community service by numerous organizations such as the NAACP, Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, Philadelphia Tribune, League of Women Voters, Philadelphia Business Journal, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. She also serves as a spokesperson for the local chapter of the American Heart Association. In addition, Marshall-Blake serves on 25 non-profit boards and committees, sharing her expertise and network.

Among the prestigious organizations that she volunteers with are the United Way Women’s Initiative, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Philadelphia Leadership Foundation, Urban Affairs Coalition, Women’s Leadership Forum, and the Urban League of Philadelphia. Since 2011 she has served as President of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Past recipients of the Women’s Initiative Award are Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Senior Vice President of Administration for Comcast Corporation, Tierney President and CEO Mary Stengel Austen, Comcast Vice President of Community Investment Charisse Lillie, The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design President and CEO Molly Shepard, and philanthropist Carole Haas Gravagno.

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation:
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation, whose mission is leading solutions for a healthier community. The Foundation targets the following areas of impact:

  • Securing the Blue Safety Net:Achieving sustainability of the regional safety net by building capacity in health centers.
  • Bolstering the Health Care Workforce:Advancing the education and professional development of nurses and nurse leaders.
  • Addressing Health Priorities:Addressing national health trends locally through community-driven research.
  • Building Healthy Communities:Driving wellness by targeting specific and diverse community health needs.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on Twitter and Instagram at @ibxfdn.

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Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBC Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity. Since inception the IBC Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBC Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.