Community citizenship and a commitment to helping make a better world for many has always been a driving force for Harriet Weiss. She has a master’s degree in social work from Temple University and was employed in the non-profit sector prior to her shift to the for-profit world. She has always been a “people person.” Her corporation, CRW Graphics, awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to employees and the children of employees. Year after year, it was named a “best place to work” by Printing Industries of America.
Harriet attended public schools and then earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in four years, not missing a beat when her first child was born. Eleven years later, she received her master’s degree. Her master’s thesis was on accountability in the non-profit sector.
Firmly believing in the importance of education, Harriet and her husband made the first major gift to Vital Connections, a United Way initiative to provide from birth to pre-school care so that children are ready to learn when in school. Funding for this program is now part of the state budget. Their wish was to enable all children to have a “bright beginning.”
Harriet has often been called upon to speak on the topic of women in business. She has addressed groups at the Harvard Business School, Radcliffe, and was recently a panelist for Bank of America’s presentation on Women in Business at Rowan University. She was selected as one of 25 Women of Distinction in 2003 by The Philadelphia Business Journal, based on her commitment to professional excellence and community involvement.
She has served in numerous community leadership roles and is presently an active trustee of The University of the Arts and CeaseFire PA. She is a member of C200 and the Forum of Executive Women. She is also a Distinguished Director of the United Way.