SENECA FALLS — The National Women’s Hall of Fame has called on a familiar face to become the organization’s first chief executive officer.
Jill S. Tietjen of Centennial, Colo., currently the NWHF board president, will become CEO. Board vice president Jeanne Giovannini was appointed to succeed Tietjen, while board member Eileen Hartmann of Pittsford was chosen to follow Giovannini as vice president.
“This position represents a natural extension of the advocacy work I have been doing for over 35 years,” Tietjen said in a press release. “I relish the opportunity to expand the programming for the Hall and the knowledge of the amazing accomplishments of women.”
“We are delighted to have Jill as the Hall’s CEO,” Giovannini added. “Her extensive professional achievements and background in raising awareness of women’s accomplishments, as well as her working knowledge of Hall operations, will ensure that the Hall’s mission is carried on successfully as the Center for Great Women.”
Tietjen will play a key role in the Hall’s campaign to renovate the former Seneca Knitting Mill building into its new home. The NWHF has been at 76 Fall St. since it was founded in 1969.
Tietjen has attended every Hall of Fame induction ceremony since 1994 and began serving on the board in 2009.
An electrical engineer by profession, she has years of service in the nonprofit arena. She co-authored the best-selling and award-winning book, “Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America.”
Tietjen blogs for The Huffington Post, speaks nationally on the contributions of women and serves on the boards of Georgia Transmission Corp. and Colorado-based Merrick & Co.
As past national president of the Society of Women Engineers, Tietjen nominates women for national awards and has successfully nominated women for the NWHF.
She possesses an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics, with a minor in electrical engineering, from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.