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Widener University and the Oskin Leadership Institute Honor Madeline Bell, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Voices of Leadership

2018 honoree Madeline Bell, left, receives the David W. Oskin Bugle Award from student Kaylee Horchak.

Widener University and its Oskin Leadership Institute honored special guest Madeline Bell, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), one of the nation’s top-ranked children’s hospitals. The evening event on March 22 celebrated the institute’s mission to inspire students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage, and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world. 

Business and civic leaders from the greater Philadelphia area joined Widener University President Julie E. Wollman and the Oskin Leadership Institute for an engaging discussion, led by Widener Trustee Brian Tierney, in which Bell shared her life lessons and thoughts on leadership. 

Since beginning her career at CHOP in 1995 as a pediatric nurse, Bell has excelled in numerous leadership roles and was promoted to CEO in 2015. As CHOP’s first female CEO, Bell currently oversees 14,000 employees for the $2.5 billion-a-year health system and research institute. She has led significant growth while maintaining the financial strength and clinical excellence of the organization. 

Beyond her contributions at the hospital, Bell serves on the board of many local community and medical associations. In addition to her charitable initiatives, Bell offers guidance to women on how to elevate themselves in the workplace, balance the demands of work and family, and pursue their ideal careers through her blog, Heels of Success.

“Widener University was proud to honor Madeline Bell at our Voices of Leadership event. She is an outstanding model-- a successful executive who is committed to strong and ethical leadership and civic engagement,” Wollman said. “Her achievements both in and out of CHOP challenge our students to develop the courage, character, and competencies needed to be effective leaders.” 

Following the discussion, the Oskin Leadership Institute presented Bell with the David W. Oskin Bugle Award, in acknowledgement of her answer to the call of leadership. A centerpiece in American military history, the bugle’s various calls kept troops informed over vast distances prior to radio technology, which is why a bugle is presented to honored Voices of Leadership awardees each year. The university recently renamed the bugle award in honor of Oskin, a Pennsylvania Military College alumnus and Widener trustee whose generous gift founded the Oskin Leadership Institute. He passed away March 7. 

“It is an honor to be recognized by Widener University and the Oskin Leadership Institute,” said Bell. “I am proud to join the list of past award recipients who have served as positive role models for students as they prepare to embark upon careers as strategic leaders.” 

For more information about the Voices of Leadership event, please visit Widener University’s website.

About Widener University: 

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,