Women2Women - Fall 2017 - 36
Meet the new Chairwoman
- Mary Jean Noon -
By Maggie Walker, Intern,
Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry
lease welcome the new Chairwoman Mary Jean Noon.
She has been an active member of the Women2Women program
and we are honored to now have her as our Chairwoman. Being a
successful business professional, we believe Mary Jean will do a fabulous
job during her tenure. We invite you to read as we ask Mary Jean about
her background, how she became involved with Women2Women,
and what she has in store for the program during her tenure.
Tell us about your background outside of the
I feel blessed to have grown up and raised my own children right
here in Berks County. Reading and its surrounding communities
have so much to offer both personally and professionally. I've spent
my 30-plus-year career here as a Banker with Wells Fargo and its
predecessor banks. In my role as a Principal Relationship Manager, I
am privileged to work with local business owners and am continually
inspired by them. Their work ethic and devotion to their employees
and the community is one of the greatest attributes of this area.
My husband Mike and I are the proud parents of three grown
daughters. While none of them are back in the area yet, they are each
living in great cities that make for a lot of fun day trips!
How did you become involved in Women2Women?
Shortly after becoming an "empty nester," I recall commiserating
with Ellen Horan at the Chamber about our daughters heading off
to college. I mentioned I would have more time and was ready to
shift my community involvement from school-related endeavors to
a new community passion. The words were no sooner out of my
mouth before she marched me down to Karen Marsdale's office,
and the rest is history!
Why did you feel compelled to take on the role of
I'm honored and humbled to have worked with this incredible
group of women over the past few years. We often joke about our
ability to "get things done," but it is truly one of the defining characteristics of our team. There are so many opportunities to expand
the scope of W2W in our community and I am excited to help lead
the charge. The challenge continues to be managing resources and
leveraging relationships to drive the most impact.
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What past experiences can you bring to positively affect
the Women2Women Council?
One of the best things about growing older and wiser is growing
older and wiser!
All our life experiences contribute to the whole of who we are
and what we have to offer. For me, my role as CEO of a very
active family unit, my 30 years in banking and the day-to-day
knowledge that comes from experiences and interactions with
clients, colleagues and community members have built a strong
foundation from which to draw. Effective Listening has always
been a trait I've embraced and as a result, I've learned so much
from other people in my professional and personal life. My
firsthand experience juggling a career, philanthropic endeavors
and raising a family, while crazy at times, has made me a stronger
and more confident leader. Finally, I have a love of learning and
staying abreast of current events along with the cultural shifts in
our constantly changing world.