Paula Hart among those honored by George Family Foundation



The George Family Foundation has recognized our leader, Paula Hart, among ten heads of non-profit health and human services organizations. Paula, who is president and chief executive officer of Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin, was recognized at the first-ever “Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders” event on September 16. She is one of 84 exceptional women leaders who were honored for “making remarkable contributions to building the Twin Cities.”

"We are pleased to honor Paula Hart for her leadership and contributions to our community. I find it immensely gratifying the number of talented women who have led the Twin Cities in building institutions and solving significant social problems,” said Penny George, president of the George Family Foundation. “I hope the community realizes how very fortunate we are for their dedication and their leadership."

The event celebrated women who have served as CEO, board chair or president of large corporations, colleges and universities, government and nonprofit organizations, health care, and major arts organizations in the Twin Cities. Nine groundbreaking women leaders also were honored posthumously at the event for their contributions in creating the Twin Cities’ quality of life.

The 2013 Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership, produced by St. Catherine University and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable, reports that women are gaining ground in leadership positions statewide. Paula Hart is currently pursuing a Masters in Organizational Leadership at St. Catherine’s. A former President of the Women's Health Leadership Trust, Paula is a member of the Women's Presidents Organization, as are several of the other honorees, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) for the past nine years.