PETS Speaker Biographies
PDG District 7390 2015-2016
Rotary Club of Harrisburg
Una Martone has articulated that her purpose in life is “to help people see their best so that they can be their best!” She considers herself fortunate to fulfill this purpose through Leadership Harrisburg Area where she has served as President & CEO since 2007. Leadership Harrisburg Area (LHA) is a 35 year old non profit organization with a vision to improve the quality of life throughout Central Pennsylvania through effective community service and servant leadership. Highlights of Una’s tenure with LHA include the creation of Beyond Leadership, a curriculum on servant leadership that she conceived, created, and has delivered to over a thousand people since 2015. Una is also responsible for the addition of the Alumni Circle Enrichment Series, Board Strong, The Color Code, and an original Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training program that has reached over 5,000 people since 2020. All told, LHA’s profile has increased 300% under Una’s leadership. Her love of curriculum development is accompanied by a focus on community partnerships, fund & resource development, and the creation of strategic alliances. Una’s efforts have increased the organization’s budget which prompted moving to a larger facility, adding team members, and acquiring a company vehicle (branded) which, in turn, have significantly increased the organization’s outcomes and impacts. Una’s work has been recognized throughout Central Pennsylvania and beyond. She has received numerous awards and distinctions, most recently she was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Central Penn College.
In addition to her work with LHA, Una is active with Rotary International. A member of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg since 2006, Una served as Club President in 2012/13 and went on to serve in several roles with Rotary District 7390 including Marketing Chair & Assistant Governor. She was nominated to serve as District Governor in 2015 and, after serving as DGN, DGE, and the associated role of District Foundation Chair, Una fulfilled her term as District Governor, one of 103 women in the world at the time, in 2017/18 under RI President Ian Riseley. Una completed the Rotary Leadership Institutes Parts 1, 2, and 3 and several graduate courses before completing the faculty training in 2018. She has since served as a member of the RLI Faculty throughout the Northeast USA. Una has also been a presenter with the Mid Atlantic President Elect Training Seminar and was recently elected as Executive Trainer for 2022 and 2023. Una serves as a Training Leader for Rotary Zones 28 & 32; and has the distinction of serving as a Training Leader for the Rotary International Assembly in 2020 and 2021 (virtually). Una currently serves as a member of the Marketing Committee for the Rotary International Convention 2023 in Melbourne Australia. Through her various roles and activities, Una has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus through unique fundraisers including “Kiss a Pig” contest and Rotary’s Got Talent (where she performed in a Patsy Cline tribute group); she has held virtual auctions; held a community baking competition; and launched Pints for Polio as a district wide beer appreciation event on World Polio Day.
Una earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida and has followed that with a number of professional certifications including: Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE); Certified in Organizational Leadership (The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership); and Certified Interpersonal Skills Trainer (Color Code International).
Una is a first generation American of Irish descent; the youngest of 7 siblings; married to Mike for 30 years; and mother to Michael (26) and McCaffrey (23). As of this year the family birthday list is nearly 70 people and growing!
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