The Making of Women on the Move 2018

MLT senior editor Lisa Dukart shares how our October cover story came to be.

Lisa Dukart

Back in May, my inbox was flooded with nominations for our annual Power Women feature. This was the first year we hosted public balloting online, and with so many impressive women put forth by their colleagues, friends and family members, I was amazed by the scope of talent in our region.

How would our editorial panel pick 20 honorees from so many worthy nominees? It’s a task we never take lightly.

Our 2018 Power Women prove that success can be measured in myriad ways. Jess Edelstein and Sarah Ribner concocted a multimillion-dollar deodorant empire out of little more than sheer will. Eileen McDonnell helped navigate Penn Mutual to the Fortune 1000. Equally impressive is Libby Landry, who not only changed careers but rose to the top of her field.

There are women who turned setbacks into success stories, among them Powerbeads’ Jen Opdahl. Others have put their indelible stamp on multiple projects, like WMMR and BEN FM’s Kathy Romano. And many have grappled with the balance between home and work. “It really is a family effort to be able to do all the things that I’m able to do,” says honoree Rowena Lesher.

Fittingly, I relied on help from members of my work family. This story—the cover, in particular—was a true team effort. Staff photographer Tessa Smucker did a beautiful job on the images, which were shot at the Episcopal Academy’s Mainstage Theater, with hair and makeup courtesy of AME Salon and Spa. Ann Marie Casey photographed a number of our honorees, as well.

Some of our honorees were photographed at Episcopal
Academy's Mainstage Theater.

Hair and makeup styling was provided by AME Salon and Spa.

I also looked to creative director Jorge Marquez, who assembled all the pieces into a unified and sophisticated whole. The result is a feature that celebrates our individual strengths—much like our honorees.


Join us as we celebrate these incredible role models at our Women on the Move Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Drexelbrook Catering & Special Event Center in Drexel Hill. 

I look forward to seeing you there.