Browner White to Address YSU Fall Commencement

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Pamela Browner White, an award-winning senior executive with nearly three decades of progressive leadership in corporate public affairs and communications, receives an honorary degree and will be the featured speaker at YSU’s Fall commencement Dec. 17 in Beeghly Center.

The student speaker will be Molly B. Lukehart, who will graduate with a B.F.A. in theater. Lukehart is an active member of Alpha Psi Omega, and a student employee in the theater scene shop. At YSU, she has acted in several student-directed 10-minute plays, and also was in the cast of “Out of this Furnace”, “Dead Man’s Apartment”, and “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”. After discovering a passion for puppetry, she decided to apply to the puppetry graduate program at the University of Connecticut.

White, who earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from YSU in 1987, is senior vice president of communications with the American Board of Internal Medicine. She previously was senior vice president of public affairs for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and held senior leadership roles with high-profile organizations such as Citizens Bank and the Philadelphia Eagles.

She is a native of Warren and began her career in the news department of WYTV Channel 33 in Youngstown.

White founded a workforce movement called WorkReady Philadelphia, designed to encourage business leaders across the Philadelphia region to invest in the city’s public schools students.

She has served on a number of corporate and civic boards, including Healthcare Improvement Foundation, African American Museum of Philadelphia, Widener University, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board.

Her career accomplishments have earned her a number of prestigious awards. They include Pennsylvania Top 50 Women in Business; Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction; Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence; The Salvation Army Eliza Shirley Women in Leadership Award; the Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia Strong, Smart and Bold Award; and the NAACP’s President’s Award-Beverly Hills.

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