Michelle Burnett, New Soroptimist CO&FO

November 2019

Contact: Darlene Friedman, Senior Director of Marketing Communications
darlene@soroptimist.org; 215-893-9000, extension 128

Philadelphia, PA —Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA), a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment welcomes Michelle J. Burnett, of Wyncote, Pa., as its chief operating & financial officer. 

In this role, Burnett will provide direction, management and the vision necessary to ensure Soroptimist has the appropriate resources and systems in place to effectively support the organization’s growing collective impact, while ensuring its financial strength and operating efficiency.

“I am privileged to have the opportunity to join SIA’s leadership as chief operating and financial officer,” Burnett said. “I look forward to working with the board of directors and other members of the SIA team to continue and further expand the efforts already underway to deliver greater value to our members and increase our impact on the lives of the women and girls we serve.” 

Prior to Soroptimist, Burnett served as chief financial officer at Turning Points for Children, a public health management corporation that brings social and health services to vulnerable youth and families in Philadelphia. While there, she was a key member of the executive leadership team that guided the organization through rapid growth from 70 employees and annual revenue of $8 million to over 700 employees and annual revenues of $66 million in less than 5 years. Her career includes over 20 years of quasi-government and non-profit financial management, consulting and capacity building experience.

Burnett holds a bachelor of arts in accounting from Temple University. She also earned a master of business administration from Eastern University, and post graduate certificates in human resource management and non-profit executive leadership from Cornell University and Bryn Mawr University, respectively.

“We are pleased to welcome Michelle as our chief operating and financial officer,” said Soroptimist Executive Director and CEO Elizabeth M. Lucas, CAE. “With the wealth of experience she brings, we are confident she can help lead Soroptimist to new levels of operational effectiveness while managing the overall financial health of our organization.”

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Soroptimist (Soroptimist.org) provides women and girls with access to education and training through the work of volunteers in 21 countries and territories. Its Soroptimist Dream Programs ensure women and girls have access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment so they and their families can lead better lives. The Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women® provide cash grants for head-of-household women seeking to improve their earning potential. About $35 million in awards has been disbursed to tens of thousands of women since the award-winning program began in 1972. Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls® provides girls with tangible strategies to accomplish their future career goals. A 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, Soroptimist also powers LiveYourDream.org®—an online community that offers volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.
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