City & State PA recognized Donna Farrell, senior vice president of Corporate Communications at Independence Blue Cross (Independence), with its 2023 Above & Beyond Award. The magazine celebrated the achievements of Farrell and other honorees at the second annual Above & Beyond Gala on March 14.
The Above & Beyond Award is given each year to 50 remarkable women. Honorees demonstrate exemplary leadership and make significant contributions to Pennsylvania. This year, City & State PA readers nominated more than 500 women for the award.
Farrell oversees communications, brand strategy, and media relations for Independence. She also plays a key role in several of the company’s community-focused campaigns, including Beat COVID-19 and Our Community. Our Health. Under her leadership, Independence has earned regional and national recognition from the PRSA Philadelphia Pepperpots Awards, the Stevie Awards, and the MarCom Awards, among others.
She has also been recognized as a leader in serving the community. Farrell earned numerous accolades for her role in leading the World Meeting of Families and representing the City of Philadelphia in the high-caliber international event. She was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce for bringing tremendous exposure to the region. She also received the papal honor, the Benemerenti Medal, from Pope Francis.