Soroptimist Announces New President
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. —Elizabeth Di Geronimo is serving a one-year term as president of the Board of Directors for Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc.® (SIA), a global volunteer organization of women who work to economically empower women and girls.
As volunteer president, Di Geronimo leads the board in future thinking and oversight of its finances, and strategy. As part of the organization’s long-term strategy, she will champion efforts to increase Soroptimist’s collective impact in helping women and girls around the world to lead better lives. SIA economically empowers women and girls through its Dream Programs, which provide access to education—the single most effective poverty intervention.
“Women and girls continue to carry the burdens of the world in unique ways. The help Soroptimist provides has the power to change someone's life—and the lives of their family members—toward a positive path,” stated Di Geronimo.
“Soroptimist means support and encouragement that are truly transformative. Our actions give a voice to women and girls, who otherwise would not be heard,” Di Geronimo added. “As president, I am honored to serve an organization with such an important and vital mission.”
Di Geronimo has also initiated a social media campaign, which asks members and clubs to use #SpotlightSoroptimist on the 25th of each month to increase recognition of SIA’s Dream Programs.
A member since 1998, Di Geronimo has held several leadership positions at all levels of the organization including region governor, and club president and treasurer.
Di Geronimo is a civil engineer. She serves on the board of directors of a medical and shopping center complex.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Soroptimist (Soroptimist.org) improves the lives of women and girls 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 reach their full potential. The Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women® provides cash grants for head-of-household women seeking to improve their lives with the help of education or training. Almost $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 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.