About Us

 

Women at their best, working to help other women to be their best

Soroptimist was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations. Our name, loosely translated from the Latin, means best for women. Today, we have about 160,000 members and supporters in 21 countries and territories. We are one of four federations that make up Soroptimist International, which has clubs in more than 120 countries throughout the world.

 

 

Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams.

Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

 

 

Our Core Values

Gender Equality

Women and girls live free from discrimination

Empowerment

Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest

Education

Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education

Diversity & Fellowship

Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.

Our Clubs and Members

Soroptimist International of the Americas has about 1,300 clubs in 21 countries and territories who work to economically empower women and girls. Soroptimist clubs receive assistance in their volunteer efforts by participating locally in programs developed and sponsored by the Soroptimist organization.

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Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc.
1709 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

1-215-893-9000
siahq@soroptimist.org

 

Get to Know Us

Watch our organizational videos and learn more about who we are and what we do.

 

Our Board

Our international Board of Directors includes members from throughout the 21 countries and territories in which we operate.

Tina Wei-Kang Pan

President

Taipei, Taiwan
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Penny Babb

President-Elect

Peoria, AZ, USA
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Kazuko Morita

Secretary/Treasurer

Kyoto, Japan
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Jane Carol Azevedo

Brasília, Brazil

Ohran Choe

Daegu, Korea

Robin Davis

Alexandria, VA, USA

Jackie DeMartini

Newcastle, CA, USA

Taeko Endo

Miyagi, Japan

Elizabeth Jane "BJ" Gallagher

Rosedale Station, Canada

Margo Hartman

Scottsbluff, NE, USA

Clara Luces

Asuncion, Paraguay

Patricia McCay

Huntsville, AL, USA

Hisako Mishima

Kitakyushu, Japan

Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar

Zamboanga City, Philippines

 

Our Senior Staff

Our staff, located in our headquarters office in Philadelphia, PA, is made up of professionals dedicated to the Soroptimist mission. We work in collaboration with our Board, leaders, and members to help women and girls live their dreams.

Elizabeth M. Lucas, CAE, MBA

Executive Director & CEO

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Lori Blair

Senior Director of Programs

Darlene Friedman

Senior Director of Marketing Communications

Iesha Brown

Senior Director of Membership and Leadership Development

Lisa Mangiafico

Senior Director of Information Services

Nancy Montvydas, CFRE

Senior Director of Development

 

At Soroptimist, we are all about empowering women and girls. But what does that really mean?

 

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Our Partners


Special thanks to our current and past partners for believing in us and the women and girls we help.

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