July 9, 1941 |
Lynn Hardy Yeakel is an American administrator and political figure. She is the Director of Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership and holds the Betty A. Cohen Chair in Women’s Health. Yeakel also fought an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1992.
- 1 Education, family, and early life
- 2 Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership
- 3 Political career
- 4 Honors and awards
- 5 Publications
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Education, family, and early life
Yeakel was born in Portsmouth, Virginia to Lynn Moore, a teacher from Tennessee, and Porter Hardy, Jr., who represented Virginia in Congress from 1947 through 1969. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and former trustee of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, and is a recipient of an M.S. in Management from the American College.
In 1965, she married Paul Yeakel. They have two children and six grandchildren.
Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership
Yeakel began at Drexel's Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, it has grown in size and stature, earning a significant institutional commitment in the College of Medicine’s 2007-2012 Strategic Plan as one of the medical school’s top priorities. In addition to investing in extensive IWHL program expansion, Drexel has constructed a new building on the College of Medicine’s campus in Philadelphia to house the Institute and its core programs. Yeakel co-chaired a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $1.8 million for a permanent home for the Legacy Center (Archives and Special Collections) in the new building. IWHL, the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics (home of the ELAM and ELATE programs) and the Legacy Center moved in at the end of 2009.
A major national initiative of the Institute, created and co-chaired by Yeakel, is VISION 2020, a ten-year project to achieve women’s equality by the year 2020 when the nation will celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. The project was launched in October 2010 with An American Conversation about Women and Leadership® at the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia. Delegates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia participated. A women’s history exhibition, commissioned by the Institute, opened at the NCC in conjunction with the Conversation and remained there through March 2011. Yeakel and her team have raised over $3 million for Vision 2020.
Other programs developed
Yeakel later developed “Conversations about Women’s Health,” a community education program, and the Woman One Award and Scholarship Fund, raising funds for medical tuition scholarships for minority women. There are ten Woman One Scholars, in all four classes, studying medicine at Drexel, plus eight who have graduated and are practicing medicine in underserved areas. Each Scholar receives $80,000 in tuition support over four years. The 10th Anniversary of Woman One, celebrated in 2012, generated over $550,000, fully funding four new Scholars. Yeakel was also 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.
1992 Senate campaign
In 1992, Yeakel launched her first political campaign, challenging incumbent Republican Senator Arlen Specter. She stated that her desire to run was influenced by Specter's conduct during the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas. Yeakel won the five-way spring Democratic primary, defeating Lieutenant Governor Mark Singel, Allegheny County District Attorney Bob Colville, and two other challengers. Her support in the primary was heavily concentrated in the southeast corner of the state, including Philadelphia, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks counties, as well as the city of Pittsburgh. However, she was defeated in the general election by less than 100,000 votes, out of over 5 million cast.
In 1994, she ran for governor, finishing a distant fourth in a seven-person primary field, behind State Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll, State Representative Dwight Evans and the winner, Singel, who went on to lose the general election to Congressman Tom Ridge. Yeakel ran her final campaign in 2000, when she challenged incumbent Republican State Senator Dick Tilghman for his 17th District seat. She lost the election by about 800 votes, out of over 100,000 cast.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Yeakel the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the Department of Health and Human Services, a role in which she served until 2000. Her leadership initiatives there included the Freedom from Fear campaign to end family violence and “Envisioning a Healthier Philadelphia,” a coalition of more than 60 public and private organizations dedicated to improving access to health care. She also chaired the region’s Welfare Reform Team, the Child Health Initiative and the Combined Federal Campaign and served on the national committee to implement the Violence Against Women Act. In 2010 she was appointed to Pennsylvania’s Health Care Reform Implementation Advisory Committee, developing recommendations for the Governor on the Affordable Care Act.
Honors and awards
Yeakel is a member of the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum and the Forum of Executive Women, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. She is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Citizen Action Award and the Lucretia Mott Award. She was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania in 1989, received the MCP/Gimbel Award for humanitarian contributions in 1987, and was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2004. In 2006, she was identified as a Top Connector by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia and in 2008 was honored again by that organization as one of its top 50 alumni during the celebration of its 50th Anniversary. In May 2009, she received the first Susan Myers Leadership and Community Activism Award from the Junior League of Philadelphia and in November 2010 received the John Gardner Lifetime Achievement Award from Common Cause. In November 2011, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania and in March 2012 was honored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania with a Take the Lead Award.
Her autobiographical book, “A Will and a Way,” was published in Fall 2010.
- deCourcy Hinds, Michael (April 29, 1992). "THE 1992 CAMPAIGN Woman in the News: Lynn Hardy Yeakel; Skillful Political Novice". The New York Times. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "Lynn H. Yeakel bio". Leadership. Drexel University Medical School. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "Yeakel, Lynn". Candidate Profiles. Our Campaigns. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "PA US Senate - D Primary". Elections. Our Campaigns. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "PA US Senate". Elections. Our Campaigns. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "PA Governor - D Primary". Elections. Our Campaigns. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "PA State Senate 17". Elections. Our Campaigns. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
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