Sally Handlon

Program Host

Sally Handlon is founder and president of Handlon Business Resources (HBR) LLC, a WBENC certified business, located in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.  HBR is a short term project management partner to executives and business owners in implementing the long, overdue recommendations to move the company forward. In Stephen Covey’s matrix, HBR addresses the important, non-urgent priorities.

She is a 2014 recipient  Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation MVP, 2014 recipient of the YWCA of Bethlehem Woman of the Year, 2011 recipient of the Lehigh Valley Suites Award for Management Consulting, 2007 recipient of the PA Best 50 Women in Business,  2004 recipient of the US Small Business Administration Women In Business Advocate – Philadelphia Region, The Morning Call’s – Lehigh Valley “30 Who Shape the Valley” and “Women to Watch” as well as Niche Magazine’s Top 100 Retailers Nominee. Other awards include the Chamber’s Athena Award (1988) and The Hillside School Service Award (1996).

Active in the Lehigh Valley community for over 30 years, Sally has been involved with civic and business groups in Allentown, Bethlehem & Easton.  Her current Board activity includes: Rising Tide Community Loan Fund Board, WDIY Board and LV Meet the Buyers Steering Committee.

Sally was active on the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation’s General Board for six years and chaired the Local Sourcing and Business Diversity Council for 8 years.  She was on the Board of the Moravian Book Shop, Women’s Leadership Institute at Cedar Crest College Advisory Board. She also served on the Business Advisory Committee for the Mayor of Bethlehem PA.  Additional board experience includes: Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber, Small Business Council, DBA- Bethlehem Merchants Association, SouthSide Film Institute, South Bethlehem Historical Society, Executive Women’s Council, Allentown YWCA, Allentown Neighborhood Housing Association and The Hillside School.  She has been keynote speaker at area events as well as presented position papers at the American Bankers Association in Atlanta, Retail Lending conference in Boston and the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University. She is a past senior seminar advisor for Cedar Crest College. She is a founding member of the Women’s Business Council of the Chamber (1982) as well as co-founding south Bethlehem’s First Friday in 1998.

Since 2009, Sally has been a host on WDIY for a monthly radio show which focuses on business in the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Discourse.

A graduate of Penn State University with post graduate business courses at Muhlenberg College and Bucknell University, her varied employment experience includes: financial services, call center management, retail & commercial lending, higher education, community & institutional recreation, community health planning, retail business owner, corporate mergers & acquisitions.  She is a graduate of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, two year and graduate program.  She is also one of 8 in the US (18 worldwide) accredited as Excellence Audit Facilitator with the Tom Peters Future Shape of the Winners program.  She is currently enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Health curriculum for health coach certification.

In honor of Earth Day later this month, Sally Handlon features Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, who explains the importance of planning for green spaces and how that affects the Lehigh Valley’s quality of life plus the benefits to the region, its residents, and our local economy.

The Nurture Nature Center has taken a leadership role in Easton’s Climate Action Plan. In honor of Earth Day later this month, Sally welcomes Dr. Kate Semmens, Science Director and Rachel Hogan Carr, Executive Director, to discuss this project and other endeavors the NNC is working on.

Loren Robinson, founder of the full-service marketing organization Millennia Media LLC, talks about how digital disruptions accelerated by the pandemic have created marketing challenges and opportunities for small and medium size businesses.

Sally Handlon features The Kindness Project with Jenae Holtzhafer, who shares the beginnings of her non-profit organization dedicated to foster care support in the greater Lehigh Valley.

Sally Handlon invites Director Chris Hudock of the Rising Tide Loan Fund and Brett Smith, Director of Lehigh University’s Small Business Development Center to discuss the impacts of the pandemic on Lehigh Valley small businesses.

Sally Handlon welcomes Victoria Alercia-Casella, licensed professional counselor, to discuss how she has created a book, I Am Loving the Me That I'm Choosing to Be, to help everyone from teens to adults focus and maintain a positive path and mindset—something that has, at times, been hard to come by during the pandemic.

Host Sally Handlon sits down with local entrepreneur and author Peter Christian to discuss the best ways to approach business interactions. Christian sheds some light on the subject by sharing his 40+ years' experience through his two recently-published books - Influences and Influencers and What About the Vermin Problem? 

Host Sally Handlon welcomes Anne Corley Baum, Lehigh Valley business leader and author of the book series Small Mistakes, BIG Consequences to talk about the different personalities one might encounter on the job and in life, as well as Baum's journey to become an author.

Host Sally Handlon is joined by Dr. Tracy Hill, Director and Principal of Center Street Center for a conversation on the emotional and mental impacts created by 2020, and insight on how to understand and cope with these challenges.

Sally Handlon welcomes guest Eric J. Bartosz, a Lehigh Valley author of "Bar40 - Achieving Personal Excellence for Reaching Peak Potential."

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