Meet Blakinger Thomas’ Women’s Section

Kim Carter Paterson,  S. Whitney Rahman,  Susan P. PeipherSusan E. GroshGrace C. Nguyen Bond

Blakinger Thomas’ women attorneys practice in diverse legal areas, collectively representing over 60 years of experience. Our firm has a history of creating and preserving relationships that foster a community of successful women.

Our women attorneys support and encourage the professional growth of one another through our firm’s mentor program, and by serving in leadership positions within our firm and our local area. We are committed to cultivating leadership among women in our community and providing opportunities for women professionals to connect with one another.

In 2010, the Blakinger Thomas Women’s Section launched its professional women’s networking series. The Women’s Section hosts educational events throughout the year allowing professional women to gather together in a relaxing atmosphere to learn more about each other.

 

For information about our future events, please contact Patricia Wanger at 717-509-7258 or
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Events

Blakinger Thomas’ Women’s Section Hosts a Pre-Holiday Mixer

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Blakinger Thomas’ Women Attorneys is hosting a Pre-Holiday Mixer at the Montgomery House located inside the Lancaster Marriott on Penn Square.  Appetizers and drinks will be served as we hear about the history of the Montgomery House.  To find out more about the event, please email womenssection@blakingerthomas.com or call 717-509-7258.  Registration is required – space is limited.

 

Blakinger Thomas’ Women’s Section Serves as Partner for the YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award Luncheon

Friday, November 3, 2017

YWCA Lancaster held its inaugural Women of Achievement Award Luncheon on November 3, 2017. The YWCA honored and recognized six local women dedicated to the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women and making the Lancaster community a better place.

Blakinger Thomas’ Women’s Section served as a Partner for the event and participated in the luncheon. Susan P. Peipher is currently the President of the Board of Directors for YWCA Lancaster.

 

Blakinger Thomas’ Women’s Section Sponsors the Professional Women’s Forum

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Blakinger Thomas’ Women’s Section is a Bronze Sponsor  for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Women’s Forum.  Susan E. Grosh continues to serve as a member of the Professional Women’s Forum advisory group and is involved in planning the event.

 

BB&T Women’s Section Hosts “The Joy of Java”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Join BB&T’s Women Attorneys as we continue our Professional Women’s Networking Series at Prince Street Cafe’s new venue, Passenger Coffee Roasters.  Enjoy savories, desserts and drinks while learning about Passenger’s mission as a local Lancaster business and pick up tips on home coffee brewing.  Later, sample a variety of their best coffees.  To learn more about the event, please email bbtevent@bbt-law.com or call 717-509-7258.  Registration is required – space is limited.

 

BB&T Women’s Section Sponsors and Presents at Professional Women’s Forum

Thursday, October 2, 2014

BB&T’s Women’s Section is a Bronze Sponsor and Contributor for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Women’s Forum.  Susan E. Grosh continues to serve as a member of the Professional Women’s Forum advisory group and is involved in planning the event.

S. Whitney Rahman, Chair of BB&T’s Employment and Labor Law group, will present “A Journey Toward FMLA Proficiency.”  Attorney Rahman’s presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the FMLA in addition to recent updates in case law and some real-life hypotheticals.

BB&T women attorneys will be welcoming forum attendees to the BB&T table at the wine and cheese reception following the event at the Eden Resort in Lancaster.

 

BB&T Women’s Section Hosts “Music With a View”

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The BB&T Women Attorneys will be hosting a relaxing evening for women professionals at the Ware Center.  Guests will enjoy the panoramic view from the Grand Salon while indulging in seasonal treats and beverages.  Performing during the event is Ms. Sharon R. Ho, a student pianist from Millersville University.  To learn more about the event, please email bbtevent@bbt-law.com or call 717-509-7258.  Registration is required – space is limited.

 

BB&T Women’s Section Sponsors Professional Women’s Forum

Thursday, October 3, 2013

BB&T’s Women’s Section continues to sponsor the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Women’s Forum. This annual event offers an opportunity for women to come together and learn new concepts and gain insights from top women professionals, as well as engage in networking. Susan E. Grosh continues to serve as a member of the Professional Women’s Forum advisory group and was involved in planning the event.

BB&T will also be participating as a contributor at the wine & cheese reception following the event at the Eden Resort in Lancaster.  Guests are invited to visit the BB&T table at the reception and meet our women attorneys.

 

BB&T Women’s Section Continues as Sponsor for Hands-on House Fund Raisers

Saturday, September 27 & November 15-16, 2013

BB&T Women’s Section continues to support the Hands-on House and will be a sponsor of the 10th Annual Half Marathon – 10K – 5K Race on September 27th and the American Girl Fashion Show taking place November 15 -16.  Susan P. Peipher is serving on the committee for the American Girl Fashion Show and will be participating as a volunteer during the event.

Hands-on House is a place where children (ages 2-10) can learn in a fun environment through interactive exhibits and classes.  http://www.handsonhouse.org

 

BB&T Women’s Section Supports American Girl Fashion Show Benefiting Hands-on House

Friday, November 9, 2012

BB&T Women’s Section supported the Hands-on House by sponsoring the American Girl Fashion Show held on November 9-10, 2012.  Susan Peipher, Jill Laskowitz, and Patricia Wanger volunteered at the event. For more information, please visit http://www.handsonhouse.org/fashion/

 

BB&T Women Attorneys Present at Professional Women’s Forum where BB&T Women’s Section is Sponsor

Thursday, October 4, 2012

BB&T women attorneys presented a seminar at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Professional Women’s Forum instructing HR professionals how to communicate strategically to both accomplish their professional goals and avoid liability.  The presentation addressed the use of social media by employees and employers, performance reviews, termination, and other communication issues facing HR professionals.

Susan E. Grosh is a member of the Professional Women’s Forum committee, participated in planning the event and was a panelist in the discussion “Embracing Multi-Generational Communication in the Workplace.”

BB&T’s Women’s Section sponsored the event and was featured in a reception following the seminar.

 

BB&T Women’s Section Hosts “A Gathering in the Gallery”

Thursday, May 10, 2012

On  May 10th, 2012, BB&T’s Women’s Section hosted “A Gathering in the Gallery” where guests toured one of Lancaster City’s historic landmarks, The Lancaster Museum of Art, while connecting with other local professional women.

 

Susan E. Grosh Elected President of the Penn Square Chapter of ABWA and Elected Woman of the Year

2012

Susan E. Grosh was elected President of the Penn Square Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association in 2012.  The mission of the ABWA is “to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education,networking support and national recognition.”

Also in 2012,  Susan was elected the Penn Square Chapter’s Woman of the Year.  This award recognizes members who have made notable contribution to the success of their league during the current or past Award year.

 

BB&T Women’s Section Supports American Girl Fashion Show Benefiting Hands-on House

Saturday, November 19 – Sunday, November 20, 2011

BB&T Women’s Section supported the Hands-on House by sponsoring and volunteering at the American Girl Fashion Show held on November 19-20, 2011.  Jill Laskowitz served as a Dresser Coordinator.  Susan Grosh, Kim Carter Paterson, Susan Peipher, Jill Laskowitz and Patricia Wanger also volunteered as dressers at the event.  http://www.handsonhouse.org/news_fashion.asp

 

Susan E. Grosh Presents “Finding the Balance” at American Business Women’s Association Meeting

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Susan E. Grosh presented “Finding the Balance” at a monthly meeting of the Penn Square Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association on October 18, 2011.  The presentation explored the issue of work/life balance.

 

BB&T Women’s Section Continues as Bronze Sponsor and Presenters for the Professional Women’s Forum

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Susan E. Grosh is a member of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Women’s Forum Committee and participated in the planning of the 2011 Professional Women’s Forum held at the Lancaster Eden Resort.

BB&T Women’s Section served as a Bronze Sponsor for the event, at which Susan E. Grosh and Kim Carter Paterson presented “When the Long Arm of the Law Comes Knocking on Your Door…Legal Issues Facing Employers Due to Employees’ Legal Matters.”

BB&T’s Women’s Section also participated as a contributor during the wine and cheese reception that followed the seminar.

 

BB&T Women’s Section Hosts “Sweet Retreat”

Thursday, June 9, 2011

BB&T Women’s Section hosted a “Sweet Retreat” at Riverdale Manor.  Attendees enjoyed desserts and champagne while receiving tips for entertaining.

 

Kim Carter Paterson Co-Presents at 12th Annual ASK the EXPERTS Financial and Estate Planning for Women

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kim Carter Paterson co-presented at the 12 Annual ASK the EXPERTS, Financial and Estate Planning for Women.  The seminar is sponsored by the Planned Giving Council of Hospice of Lancaster County, of which Kim is a member.

 

Jill M. Laskowitz Participates in Junior Achievement’s Young Women’s Futures Symposium

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Blakinger, Byler & Thomas served as a sponsor for Junior Achievement’s Young Women’s Futures Symposium held at Elizabethtown College.  Jill M. Laskowitz participated in the event as a speaker, facilitator and mentor.  This event provides an opportunity for students who are in the academic middle to explore career opportunities and learn key skills such as interviewing, budgeting, etc.

 

BB&T Women’s Section Sponsors American Girl Fashion Show

Saturday, November 20, 2010

BB&T Women’s Section was a Diamond Sponsor of the American Girl Fashion Show to benefit the Hands-on House. Our women attorneys volunteered as dressers for the shows. The American Girl brand believes that it is important to help girls become their very best today so they will grow up to be the women who make a difference tomorrow. http://www.handsonhouse.org/news_fashion.asp

 

BB&T Women’s Section Hosts “Celebrate Local”

Thursday, November 4, 2010

BB&T Women’s Section hosted its premier series event, “Celebrate Local,” at the Lancaster Arts Hotel.  Attendees sampled local fare from John J. Jeffries while the Chef explained the importance of buying local, organic products.

 

BB&T Women’s Section served as a Bronze Sponsor at the Professional Women’s Forum

Friday, October 8, 2010

BB&T Women’s Section served as a Bronze Sponsor at the Professional Women’s Forum sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.  All of the women attorneys attended various seminars and participated in the reception.