Ms. Friday started her accounting career with the Philadelphia office of PriceWaterhouseCoopers after graduating from Villanova University as a Presidential Scholar with three undergraduate degrees - a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and a Bachelor of Arts in General Arts Honors. Following her Big Four experience, Ms. Friday spent two years working for the actuarial firm of Milliman while completing her MBA at Villanova University. After becoming a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania, Ms. Friday spent ten years as a controller for a Wayne-based financial planning firm, Kistler-Tiffany Companies. She also spent two years as controller for subsidiaries of PNC Financial Group before returning to the small business marketplace as Business Development Manager for a local accounting firm. She is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor® for both the desktop and online versions of the software.
Since the beginning of 2016 Ms. Friday has been the pro bono Chief Financial Officer for Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB), a Pennsylvania non-profit organization that is building a premiere basketball-based youth development center in the heart of North Philadelphia and provides programming that includes a mix of athletic, academic, health, leadership and character development activities. The PYB team is united by 3 core values: A belief in creating opportunites for all children to reach their potential, a belief in empowering lower income families and communities, and a belief in the power of basketball and positive coaches in the lives of kids. PYB is a youth development organization.
After having originally served as the Director of Finance and Operations for LEAF Pharmaceuticals LLC (LEAF), Ms. Friday continued her work there as their Chief Financial Officer. LEAF is a global pharmaceutical company with a mission to discover, develop, and commercialize innovative and safe therapies for cancer. Ms. Friday also served as Chief Financial Officer for LEAF's affiliates, L.E.A.F. Therapeutics LLC (drug development for infectious diseases) and L.E.A.F. Rwanda LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of LEAF Pharmaceuticals LLC.
In addition to her membership in the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ms. Friday has also been involved with many other organizations. She is a board member for Philadelphia Youth Basketball. Ms Friday is also an active supporter of Shooting Touch (an organization that uses the power of basketball "to educate and empower at-risk youth, women, and their communities to live healthier lives" in Boston and Rwanda), Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (an upper-secondary girls' boarding school that the Rwanda Girls Initiative opened in 2009 with permission from the Rwandan Ministry of Education), and the Cummings Foundation (Bill and Joyce Cummings have "a special interest in Rwanda where the Foundation collaborates with Partners in Health and a limited number of other organizations to aid in that East African country's post-genocide recovery and rebuilding").
Ms. Friday does scholarship interviews as part of the Villanova Alumni Recruitment Network and is currently active with the PreCana and Eucharistic Minister programs at her parish. She also held former positions as the treasurer of the Norwood-Fontbonne Academy Parents Association, the treasurer for the Kistler-Tiffany Foundation, a member of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur President's Advisory Council and Enrollment Advisory Board, and the Assistant Cubmaster for Cub Pack 117. Ms. Friday coached youth basketball for many years and is a certified USA Track and Field official.
In 2007, Ms. Friday and her parents received the Steinbrenner Family Heritage Award at the Penn Relays for over 100 years of combined service to the Relays. Ms. Friday is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. She was the 2017 Growth Award winner at the 2nd Annual Baird Women's Lifestyle Conference and was featured on the radio show, Women to Watch, in December 2017. Ms. Friday received the 2018 Philadelphia Business Journal's Faces of Philanthropy Award for her work with Philadelphia Youth Basketball.
Ms. Friday resides with her husband and daughter in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Her oldest son attends RIT in Rochester, NY, and her other son attends the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.