Women2Women - Across Generations: Berks Leaders Share Their Stories 2018/19
Join us for a conversation with Carolyn Holleran with granddaughter Katherine Williams, and Ramona Turpin with daughter Martha Turpin, discussing the generational differences they see & experience in the workplace, facilitated by Julia Klein CEO and Chairwoman of CH Briggs. What’s changed, stayed the same, and where is the work still to be done to continue to advocate for women? Carolyn Holleran is a retired educator and aided in founding Berks Women in Crisis (now SafeBerks) and is a pioneer in Berks for women. Her granddaughter Katherine currently works at Tower Health Reading Hospital in Supply Chain Management and has been a member of Junior League of Reading, advancing women.
Carolyn graduated from Wyomissing High School, received her BA from Connecticut College and her MAT from Yale University. She is a retired educator, a Curriculum Specialist at Berks County Intermediate Unit, and retired as Executive Director of Pennsylvania Council on Economic Education. She was the Director of Great Valley Bank, Fulton Bank, and Fulton Financial Corporation from 1991-2009 and has served on many Boards including Alvernia University, United Way, Safe Berks, Caron Treatment Center, Connecticut College, Berks County Conservancy. She co- authored two books: The World of Work (a curriculum for junior high students) and Strategies for Teaching Entrepreneurship (a senior high school textbook). Between 1992 and 1997 she wrote MoneySmart, a student activity series for the Reading Eagle. She has received many awards over her lifetime. She is married to Jerry Holleran and has three sons, two stepsons, one stepdaughter, ten grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren. Carolyn is proud to be a Berks County native and has lived here her entire life, except for time acquiring education.
Workforce Development Coordinator
Literacy Council of Reading-Berks
Martha Elizabeth Turpin was born on Easter Sunday, April 22, 1984. Born and raised in Reading Pennsylvania she is a graduate of Reading high school. Martha received her bachelors degree in communication studies at Kutztown University. She recently became an independent sales director with Mary Kay cosmetics. Martha has been in and out of the beauty industry for 17 years starting as a shampoo girl at graces Golden Combs at the age of 17. Her greatest accomplishment is being the mother to her amazingly smart and talented 12-year-old daughter Juliana Raquel!