Lynn H. Yeakel, MSM

Founder, Executive Director, Vision 2020 

Lynn Yeakel

Director, Drexel University College of Medicine's Institute for Women's Health and Leadership®
Betty A. Cohen Chair in Women's Health

Vision 2020 Founder and Executive Director  Lynn H. Yeakel is a life-long advocate for women and girls. Since 2002, she has been Director of Drexel University College of Medicine's Institute for Women's Health and Leadership™ where she holds the Betty A. Cohen Chair in Women's Health. Yeakel is the Founder, Director and Co-Chair of Vision 2020, a national ten-year initiative of the Institute. Its goal is to accelerate the pace of women's progress towards full equality by the year 2020, when the nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's voting rights.

Yeakel was a founder and Board Chair of Women's Way, the first and largest women's fundraising coalition in the nation, and served as its CEO from 1980 until 1992, when she ran for the U.S. Senate. She drew national attention in what was called the "Year of the Woman," winning the primary and nearly unseating the powerful incumbent. In 1994, she was appointed by President Clinton to the position of Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Yeakel is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and former trustee of Randolph-Macon Woman's College and received a Master of Science in Management degree from the American College. She is active in local and national non-profit organizations, and she has received numerous honors and awards for leadership and humanitarian contributions, including the Pennsylvania Citizen Action Award, the Lucretia Mott Award, the MCP/Gimbel Award and the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania Award.  Recent awards include the John Gardner Lifetime Achievement Award from Common Cause (2010), a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter (2011), Take the Lead from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (2012) and the Alice Paul Equality Award from the Alice Paul Institute (2013).

Her first book, A Will and A Way (2010), presents insights into the key issues of women's independence based on her own experience and lessons from history. Learn more about Lynn Hardy Yeakel.