Constance H. Williams 2013
DEBRA L. CAPLAN is currently serving as an Executive-in-Residence at The Forbes Funds, where she advises nonprofits in governance and leadership. During her longstanding career as a leader in healthcare at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Allegheny Health Network (AHN), and more recently as Interim CEO of Partner4Work, Ms. Caplan has been a steadfast advocate for community health and workforce development and advancing women's leadership. This passion continues through her many nonprofit board affiliations, including currently chairing the JewishHealthcare Foundation Board and previously serving as WQED Board Chair and President of the Pittsburgh International Women's Forum. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard Kennedy School, she has received numerous honors, including the YWCA Tribute to Women and the Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award.
Constance H. Williams has a distinguished career in public service and civic engagement. A former member of both the Pennsylvania State Senate and House of Representatives, she has served on the boards of many regional, state and national organizations. She is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Vice-President and Director of the Hess Foundation, Board Member and Former Chair of Steppingstones Scholars, and Board Member of the National Museum of American Jewish History.
In all her work she resolutely sets a course to foster positive change balanced with compassion, and encourages risk-taking to achieve a more equitable society. Her numerous awards include many for her exceptional leadership in the Pennsylvania House and Senate, as well as for her outstanding work as thoughtful and effective community activist.
A fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians, she received an MBA from the Wharton School, an Honorary Doctorate from Pine Manor College, and a Distinguished Alumna Award by Barnard College.