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Work2Life

Balancing Life, Work
& Family

Get to Know Our W2W Council Members
By Susan Shelly, Hoffmann Publishing

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omen2Women caught up recently
with Delphia Howze, founder and
CEO of D. Howze Solutions, LLC, and
Toni Eckert, director of Leadership Berks
and a senior leader in the O'Pake Institute
for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service at
Alvernia University.
Both women are members of W2W's
Council and serve in other capacities within
the community. We spoke with them about
their various roles and responsibilities, as
well as what their involvement and service
within the W2W organization means to them.

DELPHIA HOWZE
Delphia Howze has dreamed for years about
starting her own business. However, like many
women she was hesitant to take the leap from
employee to business owner.
After leading diversity and inclusion efforts
for companies like SHRM National, Penske
Truck Leasing and Strategic Energy over the
past 12 years, Delphia decided to assess the
direction of her career.
"I really took a step back to take a good
look at my personal life, career and aspirations," she said during a recent interview.
"I had the dream of branching out on my
own for years, but I hesitated to act on that
dream because of fear of the unknown and
perceived lack of time."
With strong encouragement from family,
friends, colleagues, business leaders and
potential clients, she claimed her passion
and commitment for helping businesses
and organizations by providing clients with
strategic solutions for managing diversity
and inclusion. Delphia is founder and CEO
of D. Howze Solutions, LLC, which she
created in January.
"Going out on my own was a leap of faith,
but I realized that it was something that I
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Delphia Howze (left) and Toni Eckert (right) serve as members of the W2W
Council as well as in other capacities within the community.

very much needed to do," said Delphia, who
moved to Berks County from Pittsburgh in
2008 with her husband and daughter.
Helping clients to understand the value of
diversity and inclusion while identifying ways
to achieve positive practices and behaviors
that lead to defined success are goals that
Delphia strives for every day.
"It's all done by identifying a strategic
approach that meets the client's needs," she said.
While launching her own business has been
time consuming and sometimes overwhelming,
Delphia relies on her family, friends and
mentors for support.

ful people from a variety of backgrounds,"
Delphia said. "There are many opportunities
for women in Berks County to connect, learn
and grow through W2W."
Delphia was surprised to discover that
meeting other women was not as easy as
she had expected when first arriving in
Berks County. Becoming a W2W member
provided opportunities for her to make
valuable connections that helped her both
professionally and personally.

A W2W Council member since 2015,
she also finds encouragement through her
connections within the organization.

"W2W provides a forum of comfort where
women can make great connections," Delphia
said. "By joining W2W, members can become
involved in various activities that will encourage connections and present opportunities
for the future."

"My membership in W2W has been of
great benefit to me because I have had the
opportunity to connect with some wonder-

As an expert in diversity and inclusion,
Delphia admires the mix of backgrounds
and perspectives found within the W2W



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