Yeakel is the founder and president of Vision 2020, a national initiative of the Drexel University Women's Equality Initiative Institute to achieve women’s economic, political and social equality with its focus on the year 2020, the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights.
A coalition of almost 100 national and regional organizations representing over 22 million people, and women leaders who are Delegates across the country, Vision 2020 ignited an American Conversation on Women and Leadership in 2010. Its goal is to achieve shared leadership among women and men in all aspects of American life, beginning with business and government.
Yeakel was a founder of Women’s Way, the first and largest women’s fundraising coalition in the nation, and served as its CEO from 1980 until 1992, when she ran for the U.S. Senate. She drew national attention in what was called the “Year of the Woman,” winning the primary and nearly unseating the longtime incumbent. In 1994, she was appointed by President Clinton to the position of Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Yeakel is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and former trustee of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and received a Master of Science in Management degree from the American College. She has long been active in leadership positions for local and national non-profit organizations.more » « less