Soroptimist Receives 2015 Pennsylvania Excellence Award

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Organization recognized for upholding high business ethics and company values

For the second year in a row, Soroptimist International of the Americas has received the U.S. Commerce & Trade Research Institute (USCTRI)’s 2015 Pennsylvania Excellence Award, given to organizations that consistently demonstrate a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization of women who work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The organization also powers, an online community that encourages on- and offline action on behalf of women and girls.

According to USCTRI, the recognition marks Soroptimist’s significant achievement as an emerging leader among various competitors, and is setting benchmarks the industry should follow.

“We pride ourselves on our high standards, and are honored to be recognized by the USCTRI in this way,” said Elizabeth M. Lucas, Soroptimist executive director & CEO. “Good business practices form a sound infrastructure, which is critical to our ability to advance our mission of helping the world’s women and girls.”

An authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries, the USCTRI conducts annual business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. For more information on USCTRI visit

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Soroptimist ( improves the lives of women and girls through the work of volunteers in 20 countries and territories. Its major program, the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, provides cash grants for head-of-household seeking to improve their lives with the help of education or training. About $30 million has been disbursed to tens of thousands of women since the program began in 1972. Recently, Soroptimist launched Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls, a new program aimed at providing girls with tangible strategies to accomplish their career goals. A 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, Soroptimist also powers—an online community that offers on- and offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.

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