“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.”
– Seth Godin
- 2016 Community Leader Award – Benevolent and Improved Protective Order of the World Wide Elks 2016
- One of Nation’s Top 100 Women – Women of Wealth Magazine 2011
- Women’s ENews “Top 21 Woman: U.S.A.” 2010
- Women’s ENews “Top 21 Woman: PA” 2009
- Allentown Education Association, “Excellence in Education” Award 2005
- Lehigh Valley Magazine, “Mover and Shaker” 2003
- Morning Call, “Woman To Watch” 2000
- Allentown Preservation Association, “Outstanding Historic Renovation”, Historic Benner Mansion 2000
- West Park House Tour 2006, 2008, 2010, 2016
- Properties of Merit Lifetime Achievement Award Oneonta NY 1990
- Deans List State University Oneonta NY 1980
- Regents Scholarship State University System of New York 1976
- Bresee Award 1976
- Art in America Award 1974
- Best Actress 1974
- Commemorative National Girl Scout Team, Marquette and Joilette, 1972
- Co-Founder, nameitchangeit.org, MEDIA, Name It. Change It. Research, Original Name It. Change It. Research 2010.
- Ascend, Caged Bird Publications, 2016.
“I support Sam Bennett for Mayor because of her commitment to Allentown. Over 21 years, as soccer moms and parent leaders on the Allen High school council, I have watched Sam's ability to collaborate and encourage wide spread participation in leadership roles.
Each time Sam has run for election I have voted for her. I hope you will join me in voting for her in this election.” Endorse Sam
— Bishop Blair Couch - Moravian Church