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50 Women of Influence and Power Awards

MEA Magazine, a publication of the award-winning organization Minority Enterprise Executive Council, hosted a prestigious luncheon recognizing 50 Women of Influence and Power on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. The theme was “Applauding Courage and Success.”  This event honored fifty of the most successful women business leaders across the United States.

Ms. Linda Y. Cureton, Chief Information Officer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was the keynote speaker and honoree. As CIO of NASA, Ms. Cureton has the authority and accountability for ensuring that NASA’s information assets are selected, controlled and evaluated consistent with federal policies, procedures and legislation. Maryland State Delegate Herman Taylor was a guest speaker. Delegate Taylor is the Vice Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and Chairman of the Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee of the Maryland House of Delegates.

A partial list of 2011 honorees include:

Claudine Adams, CEO, Adams Communications & Engineering Technology

Cristina Caballero, President, Dialogue on Diversity

Veronica Cool, VP Sr. Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo

Linda Y. Cureton, CIO, NASA

Angela Chester-Johnson, VP Protocol and Strategic Partnerships, Leon H. Sullivan Foundation

Courtney Fairchild, President, Global Services

Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow, CEO, The Oliver Group

Sharon Fitzpatrick, President, The Fitzpatrick Group, LLC

Heidi W. Gerding, CEO, HeiTech Services

Belkis Leong-Hong, CEO, Knowledge KAI, Inc.

Cassandra Hayes,  CEO, Bodacious Promotions

Julie Lenzer Kirk, President, Path Forward International

Margery Kraus, CEO, APCO Worldwide

Mirinda Jackson, MBE Compliance Manager, Prince George’s County Government

Louisa Jaffe, CEO, Technical and Project Engineering

Gloria Berthold Larkin, President, TargetGov

Dawn Li, CEO, Data and Analytic Solutions

Lucretia McClenney, Director, Center for Minority Veterans, U.S. Veterans Affairs

L. Content McLaughlin, Partner, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP

Beverly L. Perry, Sr. Vice President, External Affairs, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Gloria Allen-Sims, CEO, GloSolutions

Janet C. Smith, President, Ivy Planning Group

Mary Schnack, President, Mary Schnack & Associates

Diana Strong, Small Business Program Manager, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Barbara Taylor, Sr. Manager, The Boeing Company

Gwendolyn Tillman, Corporate Manager, Socio-Economic Business Programs/Government Relations, Northrop Grumman

Patricia Williams, CEO, Omega Security International

Angela Zavala, President, TIYM Publishing Company





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