Messiah women recognized as leaders
|Eleven students, alumnae, and employees of the College attended the 2005 Best 50 Women in Business gala this spring. Among the 50 professional women who were honored was Deb (Barbato) Pierson '89 (center, in pink), president of Pierson Consulting Company, Inc., in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
When Maggie Arnold '06 emigrated from China as a child, she came to an unfamiliar land with a language she couldn't speak, to relatives she didn't even know. Now, as a junior mathematics major, she has emerged as one of Messiah College's best women leaders. And this year, Arnold's talents, achievements, and drive to live as a servant-leader have earned her the annual $3,000 Best 50 Women in Business Scholarship, an award that is open to women students from schools all across Pennsylvania.
The Best 50 Women in Business program, in addition to offering a scholarship, presents awards to businesswomen who display significant influence in both their careers and communities. Messiah, as a sponsor of the Best 50 event, recently established the complementary Women in Leadership Awards to honor 10 Messiah women students each year, based on leadership skills, self-direction, vocational purpose, and a strong faith commitment.
Several of the Women in Leadership winners, as well as Maggie Arnold, had the opportunity to attend an invitation-only reception at the Governor's Mansion for the 2005 Best 50 Women in Business. At the event, Messiah alumna Deb (Barbato) Pierson '89, president of Pierson Consulting Company, Inc., in Mechanicsburg, Pa., was honored as one of Pennsylvania's Best 50 businesswomen. The students also benefit from opportunities to expand their professional connections with a networking workshop and an awards reception, both hosted by the College.
— Jonathan Vaitl ’06