On May 28, at a dessert reception following the Reunion weekend
welcoming dinner, four Graduate School of Social Work and Social
Research alumnae/i were honored with the third annual leadership awards.
Nancy Kirby, M.S.S. '65, received a Lifetime Achievement Award. For more than 30 years, Kirby has served as the GSSWSR's assistant dean and director of admissions, and advisor to the School's chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers. She was a founding member of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Admissions of Graduate Social Work Programs and continues to serve on their steering committee. In addition, Kirby's commitment to the human services through participation of boards of directors is legend: in 2008, she was honored by the Inglis Foundation, with the Annie Inglis Gold Coin Award, the highest honor given by Inglis to individuals who have provided distinguished service for the benefit of the organization. In 2010, at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Greensboro, North Carolina, Sit-ins, Nancy Kirby was honored as one of four unsung heroes.
Elizabeth Werthan '73 received an Exceptional
Leadership Award. Werthan, the former executive director of Choice
(Concern for Health Options: Information, Care and Education), for
almost four decades has advocated for women and their families and their
communities through public service and participation on numerous
boards. She is a founding member of the GSSWSR's Board of Advisors.
Sharon Bishop, M.S.S. '70, also received an Exceptional Leadership Award. Bishop is co-founder of Calibre Associates, a consulting organization on human services and human resource issues. In 2005, when Calibre Associates was acquired by ICF International, Bishop became the senior vice president in ICF International's Caliber practice. Over the course of her 30-year career, Bishop has been responsible for more than 150 studies for federal, state and local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Sabina Neem, M.S.S./M.L.S.P. '07, received the Emerging Leadership Award. Neem, a former Ruth W. Mayden Scholar, served on the Mayor's Advisory Board on LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, the LGBT People of Color Coalition, and the Mayor's Taskforce on Homeless Services for Sexual and Gender Minorities. She recently relocated to Seattle, Washington, where she is working for the City of Seattle Youth Employment Program and has been appointed to the Trans & Queer Health Working Group.