Two alumnae recognized for success in business, community service

From left are Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, award winners Ginny Donohue and Lois Frankel, and President Deborah F. Stanley.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 and author Lois Frankel, 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, class of 1988 graduate Donohue left behind a corporate career to create the nonprofit On Point for College, which makes 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.”

A 1973 graduate, 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.”

The Presidential Medal presentation was made during a welcoming event for SUNY Chancellor Zimpher, who is touring all 64 state college campuses during her first 100 days of the appointment.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Heroes’ welcomed—Two Oswego alumnae, education advocate Ginny Donohue and management expert/author Lois Frankel, 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.

(Posted: Jul 15, 2009)

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