In honor of LGBTQ History Month we want to share the incredible story of one of our staff members whose unexpected journey led to the creation of a now international symposium on caring for LGBTQ youth.
Leigh and her wife Sophie were not expecting to take in a teenager. They had their hands full with their 8-year-old son and Leigh was a social worker who had never once mentioned fostering.
Turning Points for Children, a subsidiary of Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), held its annual Kids at Heart Gala on Thursday, September 10. The virtual 2020 “Light up the Night” program was hosted by NBC10 News Anchor Keith Jones and honored Richard J. Cohen, President & CEO of PHMC; PECO and Mike Innocenzo, President & CEO of PECO; and Rakia Reynolds, Founder & CEO of Skai Blue Media for their impact on underserved communities in the region.
Mike Innocenzo is President and Chief Executive Officer of PECO, Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility. Mike believes that advancing innovations is the key to evolving and leads his team to address projects, no matter how small or how big, with a high level of imagination. The core of PECO’s business is its customers. They take great pride in the talents of the PECO team and the collaborative work they do every day to serve the community and inspire one another. Turning Points is proud to recognize PECO and Mike as a 2020 Honoree for their commitment to their customers, local engagement and innovative approach to improving the way in our entire community can have access to safe and reliable electric and natural gas resources.
Rakia Reynolds, Founder and Chief Executive Officer is recognized for her innovative approach and commitment to authenticity. She has been guiding client successes and inspiring the community around her in a distinct way. She has a passion and expertise that has captivated audiences across several industries—including branding and media, multicultural business, economic development and the entrepreneurial journey. Turning Points is proud to recognize Rakia as a 2020 Honoree for her passion, spirit and ambition to truly change the world.
Recognized nationally as an authority in public health management, Richard J. Cohen has served Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) for four decades. As CEO and President, Richard leads one of the largest and most innovative public health organizations in the nation. Turning Points recognizes Richard for his resiliency, his strength, his commitment and his steadfast dedication to the mission of PHMC. Turning Points is proud to honor Richard J. Cohen with the 2020 Trailblazer award.
The events surrounding the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, along with countless of other racial injustices, have shaken our country to its core and the world mourns and marches with us. While many are still suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coronavirus isn't the only disease we are fighting. We are faced with more urgency than ever to fight the public health crisis of systemic and institutional racism.