The 2017 Distinguished Women's Award Celebration
When: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 5-8 pm
Where: Baltimore Country Club
Cost: $100 | Purchase Tickets
Managing Partner and Audit Partner, KPMG LLP
Christine Aspell has over 25 years of experience in providing assurance services to clients in the financial services industry and specializes in serving clients in, banking, investment services, insurance and real estate segments.
Christine is the Partner-in-Charge of the Baltimore chapter of KPMG’s Network of Women where she established the chapter in 2004. Additionally, Christine is a member of KPMG’s Women’s Advisory Board for KPMG to help oversee the advancement of women. Christine serves as the chair of the Loyola Accounting Advisory Board, member of the Greater Baltimore Committee Board of Directors, member Downtown Partnership Board of Directors, member Center Club Board of Governors, member of My Sister’s Place Leadership Council, member of New America (Better Life Lab) and member of St. Ursula School Finance Committee. In addition, she is a Maryland Top 100 Women Winner 2012 and 2015.
Christine attended Loyola University Maryland where she earned her BS in Accounting, graduating with honors. Upon graduation, she began her career in the Audit Practice with KPMG LLP and was elected into the partnership in 2003. Christine and her husband Todd, have two sons, Zakary and Brayden and they live in Glen Arm, Maryland.
Chair of the Board, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Barbara Bozzuto has been active as an executive and community leader within the Greater Baltimore region for 30 years. Among her many philanthropic activities, she is past Chair of the Board of St. Agnes Hospital, and chaired the boards of WYPR Radio and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. For ten years until 2000, Barbara was President of Bozzuto-Lowenstein Marketing, a special events, sponsorship, and sports marketing company producing large public events and nationally televised US Olympic sports. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director for the Maryland Sports Corporation, Director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion, Executive Director of Baltimore Operation Sail, and Public Relations Director of the Pride of Baltimore, Inc. Ms. Bozzuto’s professional awards include Baltimore magazine Top Businesswomen of the Year, Maryland’s Top 100 Women and the Caritas Award from St. Agnes Hospital. She was the 2016 recipient of the Baltimore Leadership School fof Young Women’s Power Woman of the Year and the 2013 recipient of the AFP Oustanding Fundraiser of the Year. She is currently on the Board of the Enoch Pratt Library and serves on the Peabody National Advisory Council.
Ms. Bozzuto’s interests include studying and performing classical piano, collecting contemporary art, and needlepoint. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Marymount College and a Teacher Certification from Yamaha Music School. Ms. Bozzuto lives with her husband, Thomas and has two children and six grandchildren.
Partner, Saul Ewing, LLP
Katrina J. Dennis is a commercial litigator who focuses her practice on a wide variety of complex commercial disputes and employment litigation in federal and state courts, as well as arbitral proceedings.
Katrina represents employers in a broad range of employment matters and also represents higher education institutions in matters concerning Title IX, Title VII and other state and federal discrimination statutes. Katrina has tried cases in various jurisdictions in Maryland, and she has successfully handled matters in Maryland federal court and in the courts of other jurisdictions, including Delaware, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
Katrina was named a “Rising Star” in Maryland by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013 to present and was also appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission. In addition, she was appointed by former Governor Martin O’Malley to the Board of Directors of the Maryland Transportation Authority and was invited by the Greater Baltimore Committee to participate in the 2015 Class of the LEADERship program.
Katrina is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Dr. Leana Wen
Commissioner of Health, Baltimore City
As Baltimore City’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Leana Wen leads the oldest continuously-operating health department in the U.S., founded in 1793, with 1,000 employees committed to improving well-being and combatting disparities.
Facing an unprecedented number of people dying from opioid overdose, Dr. Wen issued a blanket prescription for the opioid antidote, naloxone, to all 620,000 residents of Baltimore. Since 2015, this program has saved over 530 lives. In March 2016, Dr. Wen was invited by the White House to speak on a panel with President Obama about Baltimore’s efforts to address addiction as a public health crisis.
Under her direction, the Baltimore City Health Department leads the country in health innovations including B’More for Healthy Babies, a collective impact strategy resulting in a 38% reduction of infant mortality in just 7 years; Vision for Baltimore, an initiative to provide glasses to every child who needs them; Safe Streets, a program to engage returning citizens and hospitals in treating gun violence as a contagious disease; and Healthy Baltimore 2020, a blueprint for health and well-being that enlist all sectors to achieve the ambitious goal of cutting disparities in half in 10 years.
Dr. Wen is a practicing ER doctor. She was a Rhodes Scholar, a Clinical Fellow at Harvard, a consultant with the World Health Organization, and a professor at George Washington University. She is the author of the book, When Doctors Don’t Listen; a TED speaker; and is regularly featured on National Public Radio, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. The Daily Record named her as one of the 100 most influential Marylanders; the Baltimore Business Journal has her as a “40 under 40;” and Baltimore Sun featured her as one of 25 Women to Watch. This year, Dr. Wen was honored to be the recipient of the American Public Health Association’s highest award for local public health work, the Milton and Ruth Roemer Award.