The Professional Women’s Network honored the director of the University of St. Francis Career Services Center with its Ignitor Award for being an inspiration to others.
The PWN presented Maribeth Hearn with the award at its 2019 Summer Soiree last month, according to a news release.
Hearn has been with USF for five years and was one of PWN’s founding members. She has since held a variety of roles in the organization, including secretary and president twice.
She said she focused on building the network’s memberships and management structure during her time in leadership.
“We couldn’t grow like we can today,” she said. “We had to rely on word of mouth. We had to learn how to spread the word organically to attract members.”
PWN helps women develop their careers and businesses and mentors the next generation of female business leaders.
It offers events geared toward female professionals like its annual “Picking the Brains of Really Smart Chicks” luncheon, a speaker’s bureau, a writer’s group, a diversity discussion night and the Professional Young Women’s Network.
In her capacity with the Career Services Center at USF, Hearn helps students with their internship and employment needs.
“We focus on the individual needs, goals and values of each student,” Hearn said. “My goal is to help as many people as I can to not only hear their calling, but to also make a plan to live it.”