Lynn H. Yeakel, MSM
Founder and President
Director, Drexel University College of Medicine's Institute for Women's Health and Leadership
Betty A. Cohen Chair in Women's Health
Yeakel is the Founder and President of Vision 2020, a national initiative of the Institute to achieve women’s economic, political and social equality. Vision 2020 is hosting “Women 100,” the 19th Amendment centennial commemoration, in 2020-2021.
A coalition of more than 100 national and regional organizations representing over 22 million people, and women leaders who are Delegates from coast to coast, Vision 2020 launched an American Conversation About Women and Leadership in 2010. Vision 2020 objectives include achieving 50/50 shared leadership among women and men in business and government and increasing women’s civic engagement through voting and public service.
Since coming to Drexel in 2002, Yeakel has developed several other programs such as the WOMAN ONE Award and Scholarship Fund for underrepresented women in medicine, Conversations About Women’s Health for community audiences, and the university-wide Sex and Gender Research Forum.
Yeakel was a founder 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 longtime incumbent. In 1994, she was appointed by President Clinton to be 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 has long been active in leadership positions for local and national non-profit organizations and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for leadership and humanitarian contributions, including the Pennsylvania Citizen Action Award, the Lucretia Mott Award, the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania Award, the John Gardner Lifetime Achievement Award from Common Cause, and the Integrity Award from the Public Relations Society of America, Philadelphia chapter.
Her new book, Majority Rules: Completing the Journey to Women’s Equality (2020), she looks to the past, present and future in making the case for women, who are 52% of the population, to have a 50/50 share of leadership positions. 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.