National Association of Professional Women Inducts Gina A. Goodwin, Corporal of Public Safety at Swarthmore College, Into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Gina Goodwin is selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

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Ms. Goodwin's knowledge and experience in the field of public safety are valuable assets to her community.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Gina Goodwin as a 2018-2019 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in public safety. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members, a thriving eChapter and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I am pleased to welcome Gina into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her community.”

A retired Philadelphia Police Officer, Gina Goodwin has had a direct impact on the safety of so many individuals. Along with her husband, she co-authored the Pennsylvania Consolidated Stature M.V.C. 6309.2, also known as the ‘Live Stop’ program. The highly successful initiative has generated over $10 million for the State of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Goodwin has also been instrumental in creating other programs, including a Traffic Court program for Toronto, Canada and directives for the Philadelphia Police Department. She founded the Newark Community Youth Association while she was in high school, authoring the charter and securing the donation of the building by the City of Newark. Ms. Goodwin has been inspired throughout her personal and professional life by the support of her family and has been mentored by political and academic leaders, including Shirley Chisolm, Julian Bond, Jacinto Marerro of the NCCJ, the late Congressman Donald Payne, Mrs. Mary Burch, founder of the Leaguers Inc., under whose tutelage and mentorship Ms. Goodwin served as an apprentice, and her former track and field coach, Mr. James Harris, also former Dean at Montclair State College and currently the New Jersey State President of the N.A.A.C.P.

Ms. Goodwin was also motivated and challenged to show her skills by her college physics department head, Dr. Fatima Helmy. During her first summer, Dr. Helmy gave Ms. Goodwin a project to work on while she would be away in Egypt. She worked on the project using pen and paper, not having the luxury of a calculator, and succeeded in solving the issue and writing the computer program to complete the program. Upon her return, Dr. Helmy saw to it that Ms. Goodwin received an academic scholarship to assist her as an independent student. Even though Ms. Goodwin only thought the project was a puzzle to keep her busy, she was driven to solve it.

Still maintaining an active role when it comes to keeping others safe, Ms. Goodwin is Corporal of Public Safety at Swarthmore College. A mentor and advocate for local youth, she was a Girl Scout Leader in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Division, volunteers her time and talent as a tailor to the Upper Darby School District Drama Club and served for many years on the Lansdowne Allied Youth Council.

Awards & Accomplishments:
B.S., Delaware State University, Business Administration/Economics; Outstanding Young Women of America, Ms. Delaware State College 79’ (Campus Queen); Certifed Security Agent.

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