Pamela Godwin is an experienced corporate director, C-suite executive and consultant with more than 30 years in corporate leadership and leadership consulting.
Ms. Godwin has been President of Change Partners, Inc. since 2001. Change Partners works with clients in change and growth initiatives on an individual and organizational level. Ms. Godwin serves as a thinking partner on leadership, strategy and execution issues to board members, CEO’s, COO’s and other Senior Leaders.
Prior to founding Change Partners, Ms. Godwin successfully led significant organizational change in business strategy, cultural and operational integration of acquisitions, operational turnaround, and crisis intervention; and has worked with diverse employee and customer populations. Her work with enterprise-wide strategic change was highlighted in the book, Reengineering the Corporation, by Michael Hammer and James Champy.
From 1999 to 2001, she was President and Chief Operating Officer of GMAC Insurance Personal Lines Agency Division, a provider of private passenger automobile, motorcycle, and commercial automobile insurance.
Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Customer Management for Advanta Corporation with responsibility for its 6 million-member credit card operations. She has also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Academy Insurance Group, and Senior Vice President of Providian’s Direct Response Group.
She began her career with Colonial Penn Group where she held a succession of management and executive positions, most recently, Senior Vice President of Property/Casualty Claims. She has also served as interim President of Women’s Way, a funding federation of agencies serving 250,000 women and children in the Philadelphia Region.
Ms. Godwin is frequently invited to speak and has addressed audiences in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. on business process reengineering, the human aspects of change and leadership in a team-based environment. A list of her speeches can be found here.
She has been a member of the board of directors of Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) since 2004 where she currently chairs the Governance Committee, serves on the Finance Committee, and previously served on the Regulatory Compliance and Human Capital Committees. She is an independent director at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh where she chairs the Human Resources Committee, and serves on the Governance and Public Policy Committees.
Ms. Godwin is a 2011 NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) Board Leadership Fellow and serves on the board of the Philadelphia Chapter of the NACD.
An active participant in civic and business organizations, Ms. Godwin is a member of, the National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors, the Committee of 200 and the Philadelphia Forum of Executive Women, of which she is past President. She serves on the board of Pathways PA, a nonprofit organization providing residential services to homeless women and children.
She is a former member of the Philadelphia Foundation’s Board of Managers, the Wharton School of Business Executive Education Advisory Board, the Penn State Great Valley Advisory Board (immediate past Chair), the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network Board of Directors, Novant Health Triad Region Board of Directors, Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Insurance Society of Philadelphia Board of Directors, the JFK Vocational Technical School Board of Directors, and Wheels, Inc. Board of Directors. She is also past President of the Philadelphia chapter of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU).
Ms. Godwin was named to the Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women by the Pennsylvania Commission for Women in 1996, was named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business in May 2007, and was awarded a Trailblazer Award by PathwaysPA in 2010.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Ms. Godwin also holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation (CPCU).