Two Oswego alumnae were presented with Presidential Medals during an event welcoming SUNY Chancellor Dr. Nancy Zimpher July 15 at the Metro Center in Syracuse.
On Point for College founder and executive director Virginia "Ginny" Donohue '88 and author Lois Frankel '73, founder and senior partner of Corporate Coaching International, were each recognized for their success by Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley.
“Lois and Ginny are inspirational activists. They affect not only individuals, but our future for a just and vibrant society,” said Stanley.
A former executive, Donohue left behind a corporate career to create the nonprofit On Point for College and make higher education accessible to low-income high school students. The effort has earned her many honors including the 2008 National College Access Network Executive Leadership Award of Excellence, 2006 Traditional Home magazine Classic Woman Award and Syracuse Post-Standard Achievement awards in 2004 and 2003.
“Education is life-altering,” said Donohue, who called it “an honor to be in a position to change someone’s life.”
Frankel's Corporate Coaching International helps Fortune 500 and mid-size companies improve performance and leadership. She is the critically acclaimed author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office and See Jane Lead: 99 Ways for Women to Take Charge at Work.
Frankel also is very active in her California community. She founded Bloom Again in 2007 as a way to provide women and girls in financial need with assistance when they most need it and Motivating Our Students Through Education, a mentoring program for inner city girls in 1986.
In November 2006, Frankel was recognized for her volunteerism by Maybelline with the Women Who Empower Through Education Award.
Frankel said she “truly was humbled” by the award for her work in helping women and minorities, and accepted it as “an opportunity to get the message out that there is so much more to do.”
-- Shane M. Liebler
Education advocate Ginny Donohue '88 and management expert/author Lois Frankel '73, received Presidential Medals from SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley on July 15 during a visit by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. From left are Chancellor Zimpher, Donohue, Frankel and President Stanley at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center.
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