On May 13, 2021, the Philadelphia Tribune honored 17 Women of Achievement, African American women in the Philadelphia region with great accomplishments and an unwavering commitment to success. Carol Horne Penn, Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Relations of Clemens Construction Company, was one of this year’s honorees.


The women of achievement that we honor today come from all walks of lie and they have one thing in common. They are changing the world.

Andrea Berry, Executive Producer, NBC10


Carol was also featured in the May 16 special issue of Tribune Magazine dedicated to the Women of Achievement.

Carol Horne Penn is a licensed Pennsylvania attorney with over 16 years of commercial real estate development and construction experience. Penn joined Clemens Construction Company, a GBCA member company, in 2014. She leads the firm’s business development and corporate relations where she is responsible for building and nurturing relationships that lead to new opportunities. Additionally, she spearheaded a $135M mixed use project, inclusive of a hotel, retail and garage in Center City Philadelphia.

Penn led the development and construction of Community Legal Services North Philadelphia office building as well as managing the firm’s operations. She has also held other senior leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Water Department.

She is the 2021 President of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Greater Philadelphia, Vice President of the Board of the Fairmount Park Conservancy, a board member with Community Design Collaborative and SCEC Ventures (Philadelphia Science Center). She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and sits on the Industry Affairs Committee and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee for GBCA. Penn is a member of her church’s Vestry, the Omega Mu Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Penntowne Links. In 2014 she received the Women of Distinction Award from the Barristers Association of Philadelphia.