Sally Handlon has been an active member of both the Lehigh Valley business community and non-profit community for over 40 years. During that time, her avocation had been wellness and environment. Until recently, wellness and environment remained an avocation. In 2018, that changed. She was looking to take Handlon Business Resources part-time and increase her focus on wellness and environment. With that focus came the creation of a new website – www.bodyconstruction.me and writing a book to share the information she has gathered over 30 years.
Handlon Business Resources (HBR) LLC, 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 started a new division in 2019 trading as Body Construction LLC.
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).
Her civic and business activity has spanned Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, PA. Her current Board activity includes: Rising Tide Community Loan Fund Board, WDIY Board, and LVEDC Local Sourcing and Business Diversity Council.
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 and 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 community host on WDIY 88.1 fm (NPR) 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 also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school and has Integrative Nutrition Health Coach certification.