The SMART CEO Brava! Awards celebrate women business leaders who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. These female CEOs have become exemplary leaders in their companies and the community at large by encouraging local philanthropy, mentoring fellow CEOs and setting their companies on the path to tremendous growth.
MyCity4Her’s Founder & CCO Monyka Berrocosa won the award in 2008, ever since she’s been involved to some degree with the event, whether as a media partner, or on the prestigious selection committee. She had this to say about 2012′s winners “They make us earlier winners look REALLY good, seriously the criteria and quality of women just keeps getting better and better – KUDOS to all the amazing winners!”
The event was at the incredibly festooned Visionary Arts Museum, the only of its kind to celebrate “Art Brut” and recognize the self-taught artist. As usual the room was packed with Baltimore’s most vibrant and successful business women – several of whom had won in previous years – including Sheela Murthy (The Murthy Law Firm), Lynne Brick (Brick Bodies), Barb Clapp (Clapp Communications), Mary Ann Scully (Howard Bank), Jane Frankel Sims (The Law Offices of Jane Frankel Sims), Kathleen Dorsey (Global Results), Paula Singer (The Singer Group) and many more.
Software Consortium CEO & President Janet Amirault gave an inspiring toast clutching her original 1972 copy of Ms. Magazine – the one that declared it was the “year of the woman”. Janet shared this thought about the evening “ ”It was an honor to toast a group of leaders who had accomplished so much, and to be able to reflect together how far women and men have come since the !979 Decade of Women Ms. Magazine. We have made business, the public sector and non-profits and ultimately, America stronger by sharing our gifts of leadership and collaboration. I am proud to be a woman leader today and in such great company!”
Jeanette Glose Partlow, President of Maryland Chemical was enthused at the diversity and variety of industry represented among the winners “It’s really inspiring and important to see such a variety of women in leadership represented, what a great event.” Other notable women in business power players included the incredible Betty Hines (Women’s President Organisation) and Julie Lenzer Kirk (Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship).
This year’s class of winners featured MyCity4Her subscribers Carol Coughlin (Bottom Line Growth Strategies), Linda Cromwell (Being There Senior Care), Patricia Brown, (Hopkins Medical Services), Suzanne Thompson (Health Plan Headquarters) and was as usual an all around group of incredible business leaders including Susan Aplin (Bambeco), Suzanne Sysko Clough, M.D. (WELL Docs), Robin Tomechko (Big Brothers Big Sisters), Amsale Gelatu (PMS Parking), Deborah Keilty (World Trade Center Institute), and Betsy Cerulo (Ad.net/Account Net, Inc) and Mimi Roeder Vaughn (Roeder Travel).
For a complete list of this year’s winners click here.
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