Winners of the 2011 Spirited Woman Awards
Morton’s The Steakhouse and MyCity4Her.com announce the “Spirited Women of Baltimore” award winners to be celebrated at a Power Lunch to be held on Wednesday, August 17, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Morton’s The Steakhouse located at 300 S. Charles Street, Baltimore.
Tickets to the luncheon, which consists of a choice of Morton’s chicken Christopher or single cut filet mignon, mixed field green salad, mashed potatoes, sautéed garlic green beans, and Morton’s double chocolate mousse cup with fresh berries for dessert, are $50 each if purchased by August 10 and $65 each if purchased after August 10, or at the door. Proceeds from ticket sales benefits the American Red Cross of Central Maryland.
“The ‘Spirited Women of Baltimore’ award winners encompass all of the ideals of the American Red Cross – volunteerism, generosity, sacrifice, preparation, compassion, sensitivity and humility,” according to Monyka Berrocosa, CEO of MyCity4Her.com. “This annual event was created as a means to raise awareness and provide continued support to the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross. As the 2007 winner of Morton’s The Steakhouse’s ‘Women of Spirit’ award, I wanted to continue this award and partnership with the American Red Cross in addition to honoring local women in our community who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to volunteerism and service.”
The 2011 winners are:
Spirited Women Rising (tie) – Katherine Pinkard Bowers and Jessica Watson, both of Baltimore
This award recognizes an up and coming, young woman who is starting to make her powerful mark on the Baltimore community and/or the business world.
Katherine Pinkard Bowers is an active member of the American Red Cross of Central Maryland’s Young Professionals Committee and has led initiatives including a high-profile fundraising Gala at the B&O Railroad Museum. She was recently elected to the chapter’s board of directors, making her one of the youngest board members in the organization’s 106 year history. She is also a member of the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Museum Advisory Council; a founding member and chairwoman of “Giving Back to Baltimore,” a women’s charitable giving circle; as well as involved with the Association of Baltimore Grantmakers.
In her personal life, Katherine is a nationally-ranked equestrian. Currently, she is pursuing her M.B.A. at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School while working for PNC Financial Services Group.
Jessica Watson is passionate about, and actively shows her support of, other women in business. She is a manager for B’More Creatives, a networking group for women in the creative profession, and is involved with the Marketing Director’s Support Group and the Tyanna Foundation. Her most recognized accomplishment has been her role as the driving force behind the “A Day in the Life” Baltimore Design Conference, which welcomed nationally renowned speakers and artists to Baltimore.
Jessica is a successful local entrepreneur. She has owned her design business, JWatson Creative, a firm that specializes in delivering high quality design to clients from coast to coast, for less than two years. This summer 2011, she opened a co-op office in Federal Hill to share her work with other visionaries in the creative field.
Spirited Woman in Balance – Debi Katzenberger, Glen Burnie, Md.
This award honors a working mother who is successfully juggling all that life brings her—family, career, all the while engaging in spirited endeavors, such as community service, mentorship, and philanthropy.
Debi Katzenberger, a full-time working mother and grandmother, is the creator of the Kami’s Jammies program at the Casey Cares Foundation. She initiated this program after her own nine-year-old granddaughter, Kamryn, passed away from complications of leukemia. Kamryn felt special when she wore new pajamas instead of the gowns given to her in the hospital, and Debi wanted to pass this symbol of joy and normalcy onto other sick children by providing new sleepwear and monthly pajama parties to pediatric patients on extended hospital stays.
Since 2007, the program has been implemented at 20 Maryland hospitals and Debi has collected 8,000 new pairs of pajamas. Throughout the program’s growth and success, she has managed to maintain a full-time job, overseeing 30 employees at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
Moreover, Debi has volunteered for Casey Cares about 15 hours a week for the past four years.
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Always thinking about how to further improve the lives of hospitalized children, she was instrumental in Casey Cares receiving a grant to create Casey Cares Care Packages, which are tote bags with information regarding the child’s disease, a new pair of pajamas, a thermometer, water bottle, toothbrush, playing cards, journal, etc., to make the stay in the hospital easier for patients and their families.
Spirited Woman of 2011- Louise Phipps Senft, Baltimore
This award celebrates an accomplished, spirited woman who acts as an example, leader and mentor in her community and profession and has done so for some time. This woman encompasses a variety of ideals, including volunteerism, generosity, sacrifice, preparation, compassion, sensitivity, and humility.
Louise Phipps Senft is an attorney, law professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, and woman business owner creating Baltimore Mediation in 1993, the first mediation firm in Maryland. As a mediator, facilitator, and trainer with Baltimore Mediation, she works throughout the United States and around the world. Baltimore Mediation has been recognized as a “Top 100 MBE” in the mid-Atlantic region, and she has been recognized as a “The Daily Record’s” Top 100 Women and Baltimore’s Best Mediator by “Baltimore” magazine.
A wife and mother of five, she is also the founder of Safe Haven, a community initiative dedicated to the safety of children, and the Baltimore City Circuit Court Family Mediation Services. She co-founded Mediators Beyond Borders, a nonprofit offering conflict resolution aid for initiatives such as the Child Soldier Project in Ghana and the Katrina Mediation Project in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Additionally, she serves as a representative of Leadership Maryland, and is active with Network 2000, Roland Park Women’s Club, Roland Park Civic League, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, and Tuesday Girls. She is a board member of Convergence, a bi-partisan organization dedicated to improving U.S.-Muslim relations, and the Catholic Community Foundation.
All of this year’s nominees will be acknowledged and recognized at the luncheon. The event begins at 11 a.m. with registration and networking, followed by lunch at noon, and the program where Spirited Women award winners are honored.
The event is sponsored by The Law Office of Jane Frankel Sims, LLC, Estates & Trusts. Media sponsors are The Baltimore Business Journal, Fox 45, and WomanTalk Live. Additional partners include Lynne Brick’s Women’s Health & Fitness, Being There Senior Care, LLC, and Planet Fitness.