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Woman of Influence Award Dinner

Bucks County native, Pamela Varkony, has been named this year’s Woman of Influence by Pearl S. Buck International, the organization founded by author, feminist, and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck. The award will be presented at a special award dinner.

The Pearl S. Buck Woman of Influence Award is presented to honor a woman who, like Pearl S. Buck, has distinguished herself in devotion to family, career and humanitarian causes. Past award recipients have included American operatic soprano Beverly Sills, columnist Erma Bombeck, First Lady Laura Bush and Pulitzer Prize winning author Sheryl Wu Dunn.

This year, the organization has chosen Pamela Varkony, an award-wining journalist, inspirational teacher and women’s advocate. Considered to be a thought-leader on women’s empowerment, her insights on life, leadership, politics and the human condition are read and heard across four continents. Her commentaries have aired on NPR and PBS, and her columns have appeared in major newspapers across the country.  From 2012 to 2014, she served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania State Commission for Women.

Varkony has received numerous awards for her work, including: the “Excellence in Journalism Award” from the PA Women’s Press Association, the “VERA Award” from the Business Council for Peace for her work in Afghanistan, the “Athena Award” from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce for her achievements in business, and the “Gateway Award” from the American Association of University Women for leadership in women’s issues. A resident of Lehigh County, she grew up in Bucks County and has co-authored a book on the history of the area entitled “Our Lost Tohickon Valley.”

Woman of Influence Award Dinner