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Distinguished Women Awards

The Distinguished Women Awards is Girl Scouts of Central Maryland's signature fundraiser, attended by more than 350 business, civic, and community leaders. The event honors five local women leaders for their exemplary professional accomplishments and community contributions. Honorees are paired with a high school-aged Girl Scout, who spends a day with the Honoree to shadow her in her role and learn more about how she navigated her career.

Event proceeds directly benefit nearly 16,000 girls in central Maryland. Girl Scouts offers the best leadership experience for girls, providing research-based, girl-only, girl-led programming that helps girls build confidence, find their voice, and develop skills to last a lifetime.

When: May 5, 2022 at 5:30pm 

Where: The Center Club - Baltimore, MD

 

Meet the 2022 Distinguished Women Honorees

Jennifer Herwig

VP of Human Resources, BGE

Herwig is responsible for the company's human resources and occupational health services activities. Prior to her role at BGE, Herwig was vice president of human resources for Constellation With 25 years of progressive human resources experience across various industries, Herwig has held leadership roles at Under Armour, Wells Fargo and T. Rowe Price. Herwig served as vice president of human resources at Under Armour, as the business partner lead for the Product Organization, a global operation with 1,200 employees across multiple locations. Previously, Herwig was the executive director for human resources for Constellation's corporate businesses, including Finance, Risk, Supply Chain, Human Resources, IT, Legal and Regulatory. Herwig is the Chair of the Board for Special Olympics Maryland. Herwig is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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Yumi Hogan

First Lady of Maryland and Renowned Artist

Hogan is a renowned artist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting degree from Maryland Institute College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts degree from American University. Hogan's artwork, primarily abstract landscapes in Sumi ink on Korean Hanji paper, has been shown locally and around the world. Hogan launched an art therapy program at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital via her Yumi C.A.R.E.S Foundation. She is a professor of art at her alma mater, the Maryland Institute College of Art. Yumi's specialty is described as blending Maryland and Korean landscapes. Yumi Hogan is also the First Lady of Maryland.

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Gracelyn McDermott

Vice President,  Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States

Gracelyn A. McDermott, is an innovative and diverse executive with over 20 years' experience in Project, Program and Account Management. At Kaiser Permanente, she is responsible for retention and growth of commercial accounts for Maryland, District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Prior to joining KP, Ms. McDermott served as Vice President of Accrediting & Client Services at URAC, an independent health care accrediting organization. Ms. McDermott also served as the Director, Specimen Administration for Ameritox, LLC, the nation's leader in pain medication monitoring, offering laboratory services and practice management tools to help clinicians coordinate and optimize the care of chronic pain patients. Ms. McDermott holds a M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a member of the Women Business Leaders Association (WBL). She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for her undergraduate alma mater, Mount Saint Mary's University, where she serves as Secretary. She is the chairperson of the Board of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

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Dr. Marylou Yam

President, Notre Dame of MD University

Dr. Yam is the 14th president of Notre Dame of Maryland University. At Notre Dame, she has develop two five-year strategic plans, including Go Beyond: Vision 2025 plan; raised historic fundraising dollars; strengthened fiscal resources; significantly expanded academic programs and launched NDMU online; expanded the campus land envelope; completed three capital facility projects on campus; and attained United Nations Non-Government Organization status. Governor Hogan appointed Dr. Yam to the Maryland Commission on Women. President Yam holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Adelphi University, a Master of Arts and a Master of Education in Nursing Education/ Adult Health from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Mercy College. She also completed post­doctoral work at Johns Hopkins University.

Once Distinguished, Always Distinguished

First Name

Last Name

Deceased

Year Honored

Rosalie

Abrams

Yes

1981

Timmerman

Daugherty

 

1981

Roberta

Dillow

 

1981

Ethel

Ennis

Yes

1981

Kathleen

Feeley

Yes

1981

Mary

Hyman

Yes

1981

Martha

Irvin

 

1981

Ruth

Miller-Allen

 

1981

Erin

Moriarty

 

1981

Hope

Quackenbush

Yes

1981

Pam

Shriver

 

1981

Jeannette

Wolman

Yes

1981

Beryl

Williams

Yes

1983

Floraine

Applefeld

Yes

1984

Ruby

Lee

 

1984

Mary

Thomas

Yes

1985

Hilda

Ford

Yes

1986

Geraldine

Aronin

Yes

1987

Dee Anderson

Kline

 

1988

Donna Lee

Frisch

 

1989

Elaine

Born

 

1990

Janet

Covington

 

1991

Bea

Gaddy

Yes

1992

Constance

Beims

 

1993

Nancy

Grasmick

 

1994

Lynne

Battaglia

 

1998

Nisha

Chandra-Strobos

 

1998

Rita

Colwell

 

1998

Diana

Motz

 

1998

Sherry

Bellamy

 

1999

Lynne

Brick

 

1999

Diane

Cho

 

1999

Barbara

Dreyer

Yes

1999

Irma

Raker

 

1999

Antoinette

Ford

 

2000

Barbara

Hoffman

 

2000

Jennifer

Reynolds

 

2000

Janet Marie

Smith

 

2000

Jacqueline

Thomas

 

2000

Helen

Bentley

Yes

2001

Susan

Ganz

 

2001

Malynda

Hawes Madzel

 

2001

Margaret Mary

Preston

 

2001

Lauren

Schnaper

 

2001

Joan

Athen

 

2002

Susan

Keating

 

2002

Patricia

Mitchell

 

2002

Judy

Reitz

 

2002

Jacqueline

White-Sales

 

2002

Helen

Amos

 

2003

C. Sylvia

Brown

 

2003

Marcia

DeWitt

 

2003

Julie

Mercer

 

2003

Jayme

Weinstein

Yes

2003

Willarda

Edwards

 

2004

Sandra

Hillman

 

2004

Sayra

Meyerhoff

 

2004

Melanie

Sabelhaus

 

2004

Alexandra

Wrage

 

2004

Stephanie

Beran

 

2005

Harriette

Cole

 

2005

Elizabeth

Dana

 

2005

Deborah

Jennings

 

2005

Lois

Shofer

 

2005

Ellen

Heller

 

2006

Jacqueline

Hrabowski

 

2006

Mary Pat

Seurkamp

 

2006

E. Follin

Smith

 

2006

Yolanda Maria

Welch

 

2006

Patricia

Brown

 

2007

Joan Develin

Coley

 

2007

Carla

Hayden

 

2007

Denise

Koch

 

2007

Penelope

Taylor

 

2007

Sarian

Bouma

 

2008

Betty

Cooke

 

2008

Taylor

Foss

 

2008

Karen

McGraw

 

2008

Mary Louise

Preis

 

2008

Laura

Black

 

2009

Carmen

Ortiz Larsen

 

2009

Sharon

Pinder

 

2009

Paula

Singer

 

2009

Jenny

Trostel

 

2009

Sandra

Gohn

 

2010

Nancy

Longo

 

2010

Carolyn

McGuire-Frenkil

 

2010

Gwendolyn

Skillern

 

2010

Ellen

Yankellow

 

2010

Geraldine

Diggs

 

2011

Lois

Elkin

 

2011

Laura

Penza

 

2011

Barbara

Portnoy

 

2011

Karen

Singer

 

2011

Harriet

Dopkin

 

2012

Ava

Lias-Booker

 

2012

Marianne

Mattran

 

2012

Jeanette Glose

Partlow

 

2012

Stephanie

Rawlings-Blake

 

2012

Karen

Barbour

 

2013

Winifred

Booker

 

2013

Maria

Harris-Tildon

 

2013

Patricia

McHugh-Lambert

 

2013

Cecile

Perich

 

2013

Hilda

Ford

Yes

2014

Susan

Gorman

 

2014

Michelle

Lipkowitz

 

2014

Monica

Mitchell

 

2014

Molly

Shattuck

 

2014

Joyce

Ulrich

 

2014

Karen

Evans

 

2015

Georgette

Kiser

 

2015

Janese

Murray

 

2015

Elianne

Ramos

 

2015

Mary Ann

Scully

 

2015

Jody

Berg

 

2016

Adrienne

Jones

 

2016

Helene

McConnell

 

2016

Michele

Moore

 

2016

Sheela

Murthy

 

2016

Christine

Aspell

 

2017

Barbara

Bozzuto

 

2017

Katrina

Dennis

Yes

2017

Leana

Wen

 

2017

Swata

Gandhi

 

2018

Kristin

Herber

 

2018

Dr. Redonda

Miller

 

2018

Alicia

Ritchie

 

2018

Stacie

Tobin

 

2018

Regina

Curry

 

2019

Tere

Geckle

 

2019

Frances

Hesselbein

 

2019

Marian C.

Hwang

 

2019

Carole B.

Miller

 

2019

Alicia L.

Wilson

 

2019

Natalie M.

McSherry

 

2020

Tamla

Olivier

 

2020

Margaret

Wood

 

2020

Lisa

Manzone

 

2020

Donna

Wilson

 

2020

DW Sponsorship

View Sponsorship Packet

Gold Sponsor - $25,000

Ticket includes:

  • 15 Tickets to the event
  • Opportunity to speak during the welcoming remarks
  • Full spread ad in event program
  • Corporate leadership included in photo with Honorees and Shadow Girls for media release
  • Banner ad in post-event thank you eblast
  • Inclusion in event promotion including oblast & social media
  • Company logo in event program and on event signage
  • Acknowledgement in opening remarks by GSCM CEO
  • Recognized in post-event media release

Silver Sponsor - $15,000

Ticket includes:

  • 12 tickets to the event
  • Full page ad in event program
  • Corporate leadership included in photo with Honorees and Shadow Girls for media release
  • Box ad in post-event thank you eblast
  • Inclusion in event promotion and on event signage
  • Acknowledgement in opening remarks by GSCM CEO
  • Recognized in post-event media release

Bronze Sponsor - $10,000

Ticket includes:

  • 10 Tickets to the event
  • Half page ad in event program
  • Logo in post-event thank you eblast
  • Inclusion in event promotion including blasts & social media
  • Company logo in event program and on event signage
  • acknowledgement in opening remarks by GSCM CEO
  • Recognized in post-event media release

Ambassador Sponsor - $5,000

Ticket includes:

  • 8 tickets to the event
  • Quarter page ad in event program
  • Logo in post-event thank you blast
  • Inclusion in event promotion including eblast & social media
  • Company logo in event program & event signage
  • Recognized in post-event media release

Cadette Sponsor - $2,500

Ticket includes:

  • 5 tickets to the event
  • Logo in post-event thank you eblast
  • Inclusion in event promotions including blast & social media
  • Company logo in event promotion and on event signage
  • Acknowledgement in opening remarks by GSCM CEO
  • Recognized in post-event media release

Junior Sponsor - $1,000

Ticket includes:

  • 2 tickets to the event
  • Company logo in event program & signage
  • Acknowledgement in opening remarks by GSCM CEO
  • Recognized in post-event media release
Shadow Girl Program

Each year, five high school-aged Girl Scouts are selected to serve as Shadow Girls as part of GSCM's annual Distinguished Women's Award Celebration. Each Shadow Girl is paired with an honoree and has the opportunity to spend the day with her. During their day together, Shadow Girls experience a typical day in her mentor's role and learn more about how she navigated her career. The Shadow Girl Program is an excellent way for girls to explore career interests and learn more about the female leadership experience. 

Click here to learn more about the Shadow Girl program.