Definition of Success

When we decided to expand the field for this year’s “Women on the Move” feature from last year’s seven to a far more robust 24 for 2010, we thought we’d made the selection process easier. We figured it would be a cinch to narrow our choices with 17 more slots to fill.

Were we ever wrong.

Thanks to the coordinated efforts of senior editor Tara Behan, former publisher Sally Holub and contributing editor Dawn E. Warden, the names started pouring in. We quickly discovered that there were many area women deserving of such an honor—far more than we’d ever imagined. This year’s bountiful crop of overachievers has made its mark in business, education, philanthropy, fashion, the arts and elsewhere. And while many welcome their relative obscurity, letting their achievements speak for themselves, others have found high-profile success on a national—even an international—scale.

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Admittedly, our selection process was hardly scientific and awfully subjective, which inevitably led some lively debate in our editorial department over who should make the cut. But in the end, we all wanted the same thing—to celebrate success in all its wildly divergent guises. Among this year’s women, you’ll find a best-selling author, Hollywood insiders, tireless fundraisers, health-minded entrepreneurs, and youth advocates who refuse to let the disadvantaged fall through the cracks. Not a bad mix, I’d say—and that’s not all. Check out this month’s cover story for the full rundown. We simply didn’t have enough room to mention everything that’s great about these wonderful women, though we did try to present the most compelling highlights for each.

And mark your calendar: We’ll be honoring them all at Main Line Today’s “Women on the Move” Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Villanova Conference Center. To learn more, click here.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: “Keys to the Kingdom” is the conclusion of senior writer J.F. Pirro’s enthralling two-part series on Mother Divine and Gladwyne’s Peace Mission. Part 2 examines the uncertain fate of the historic Woodmont estate, which has long been the controversial religious sect’s headquarters. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.

Have a great fall.

Our Best of the Main Line Elimination Ballot is open through February 22!