This program recognizes extraordinary young professionals in the Triad.
Triad Business Leader: Dale Pennington
Current city: Summerfield
Education: Bachelor’s in History, Communications, N.C. State University, Master’s in History, Museum Studies, UNC-Greensboro
During her tenure as Executive Director of the Körner’s Folly Foundation, Pennington has overseen a marked increase in visitation and revenue, adding several unique educational programs for families, children, and adults.
Also under her watch, the interior restoration of the ca. 1880 historic house began, with twelve rooms of the home’s twenty-two completely restored, and several in progress currently. She is passionate about historic preservation, a visitor-centered approach to public history, and thoughtful design, which is apparent in the restoration efforts she has overseen.
Pivoting adroitly during the last year to focus on these restoration projects, while creating low to no cost virtual exhibits, resources, and programming for the community, Pennington has led the organization’s effort to remain connected and relevant during the COVID pandemic.
Pennington believes strongly that in order for the Triad to better retain young and talented professionals, there must be a vibrant and inclusive cultural landscape, competitive family leave policies, great educational opportunities for children, and strong mentorship programs for emerging professionals.
Pennington’s most meaningful volunteer activity is assisting with mock job interviews for master’s candidates from the UNCG Department of History, creating connections while sharing her experience with these graduating students.
To combat the “quarantine blues” over the past year, Dale has taken up embroidery, inspired by the handiwork of the women who lived at Körner’s Folly to create modern-day designs using a needle and thread. Pennington even pioneered an embroidery program at Körner’s Folly, inviting participants both beginning and advanced to create holiday-themed pieces in the Victorian tradition.