Sam Bennett

“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.”

– Seth Godin

Awards

  •  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

Research

  • Co-Founder, nameitchangeit.org, MEDIA, Name It. Change It. Research, Original Name It. Change It. Research 2010.

Publications

Books

  • Ascend, Caged Bird Publications, 2016.

Opinion Editorials

Articles

I'm With Sam

“I have known Siobhan "Sam" Bennett for nearly two decades and have found her to be intelligent, honest and well organized with an outgoing engaging personality. In the many years that I worked with Sam in the Allentown City and Lehigh County Democratic Committees I have found her to be an encouraging and artful leader with incredible political and personal instincts and skills. Sam is a person who is truly dedicated to her community and to her family. Back in the early 2000's my daughter, Rachel told me about the extraordinary person who was mentoring Rachel and some of her friends in organizing and operating the student led "William Allen Construction Company," which was responsible for some major renovations including the Auditorium at William Allen High School. These renovations cost the taxpayer nothing and made major improvements to William Allen High School. Rachel, who is now a successful Attorney, credits Sam for helping her to develop many skills such as Grant Writing, Public Speaking, as well as Public Relations and Marketing, which have served Rachel well in her Attorney positions. Sam also gave Rachel her first "Real Job" working for Sam's Non Profit, "Properties of Merit," a local beautification project that Pennsylvania Governor, Ed Rendell pushed to be funded statewide. Rachel was also a trusted member of Sam's team when Sam ran for office. As a member of "The Lehigh Valley Folk Music Society" Performing Group I had a chance to witness Sam Bennett in action on the grounds of Cedar Beach back during the "Mayfair Festival Of the Arts" when Sam was the Mayfair Executive Director for 2 years. Sam was traveling all over the Cedar Beach area during the Music Festival personally making sure that every performer had what they needed, whether it was sound equipment or water. Sam also has experience working in Washington where she was the National CEO for 5 years of the "Women's Campaign Fund," the Nations oldest organization financially supporting women running for office. While working in Washington Sam also became a regular contributor for Fox News, MSNBC and PBS, where she often appeared on shows such as Megyn Kelley's, Chris Matthews Hardball and others. A look at Sam's website, www.sambennett.info can give Allentown voters a look at Sam's outstanding background and lifetime accomplishments. In my opinion if Sam Bennett becomes the Democratic Mayoral Candidate and later on the Mayor of Allentown, I believe we will all breathe a sigh of relief as the dark cloud that hangs over the Allentown Mayor's Office is lifted and is replaced by a dynamic new Breath of Fresh Air. Jerry Gallagher - Allentown City Democratic Committeeman and Lehigh County Democratic Committeeman”
— Jerry Gallagher

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