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Geri Swift, Class of 1963
Board Chair
Geri Swift graduated from Hallahan in 1963. She is the founding President of the Women’s Business Development Center. WBDC, formed in 1995, fosters the development and retention of successful businesses by delivering resources that enable individuals to start new businesses and grow existing ones.

In 1999, under Swift’s leadership, the Women’s Business Development Center expanded its programs and created the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC). WBEC, a marketing, procurement and certification assistance council, facilitates the relationship between corporations, government and women-owned businesses.

Prior to starting her own professional services firm in 1985, Geri Swift Associates, Geri worked in management in the academic sector and Fortune 1000 manufacturing and financial services corporations in designing and implementing new departments, work-flow systems and procedures and training to accommodate the impact of technology on the workplace.

Geri was the founding president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Greater Philadelphia Chapter. She also served as NAWBO’s national vice president and as a director of the National Foundation of Women Business Owners.

She has received honors from regional and national business and professional organizations. In 2013 Geri was honored by the American Institute of Diversity with the national Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame Award and by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council with the William J. Alcorn Award for her exemplary leadership.

Geri serves as the Chair of the Board for John W. Hallahan, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Board of Directors, Mayor Kenney’s Office of Economic Opportunity Advisory Council, the Women’s Business Development Center’s Board of Directors and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ.

Adds Geri “Attending Hallahan in Center City Philadelphia gave me the academic education and the opportunity to continue to grow personally as an individual spirit with exposure and experiences to life and people outside of my neighborhood. It laid the foundation for me to be who I am today.”