A MODERATED FORUM ON WOMEN'S TOPICS IN BUSINESS, PHILANTHROPY, AND PUBLIC SERVICE.
Dr. Dawn Lindsay, President, Anne Arundel Community College Dr. Dawn Lindsay is the sixth president of Anne Arundel Community College and has dedicated over 30 years to the community college system. She leads by utilizing the philosophy of servitude leadership and believes the foundation for this leadership style requires a strong ethical platform, transparent decision-making, the ability to develop collaborative relationships that are mutually beneficial, a commitment to shared governance and an institutional commitment to student success. She is an active advocate, representing the needs, values and importance of the community college system at the local, state and national levels. Her unique and diverse background provides a multifaceted understanding of the needs of various stakeholders. She believes in open access, quality and diverse educational offerings and the need to build bridges among, and between, internal and external constituents. Dr. Lindsay serves on national, regional and local boards. She is a member and chair of the Board of Directors for the League for Innovation in the Community College and previously served on the Board for the American Association of Community College, and was a member of the Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. Regionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Meade Alliance. Dr. Lindsay earned a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, a master's in Educational Counseling, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Social Work from McDaniel College.
Michelle Coates, Finance Administrator and Education and Outreach Coordinator, Register of Wills, Anne Arundel County After a 40 + years Banking career, which began at Bank of America/Maryland National Bank, as well as, M&T Bank, SunTrust/ Truist, Sandy Spring Bank and Howard Bank and most recently PNC Bank, where she served as Senior Vice President, Treasury Sales, Michelle Coates joined the Register of Wills of Anne Arundel County as the Director of Finance and Education. Michelle has extensive experience serving the community and has been instrumental in implementing a strategic plan to support education and outreach in order to better prepare our public for their Final Plans as established by the Register of Wills. Michelle currently serves as the Chair of Maryland Council of Economic Education(MCEE) and as a volunteer with Annapolis Anne Arundel Financial Coalition(AAAFEC) and is passionate about Financial Literacy. Growing up in a financial insecure neighborhood in Eastport, Annapolis, Michelle, realized her life could go one of two ways, so she created her own luck. Michelle has previously volunteered with the Annapolis-based non-profit, Seeds 4 Success, as a mentor for the Eastport Girls Club program, seeking to make a difference in the lives of young girls in that same neighborhood, knowing first-hand the impact that a mentor can make on a young girl or teen’s life. Michelle served as a board member and Treasurer of the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation for 11 years including completing an extended tenure as the Treasurer helping to guide the team to a successful campaign to raise over $1MM. A dedicated fundraiser, Michelle has generously supported the Library financially and continues to work diligently in the community to promote the mission of enhancing lives and making our Libraries better.
Nadine Chien, Esq., Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Anne Arundel Community College Dr. Chien’s career spans over 35 years in biomedicine. Her work included scientific research at the National Institutes of Health and academic institutes, executive level legal counsel in the commercial sector and teaching law students in the intellectual property field. Since her retirement, Dr. Chien has dedicated herself to giving back to her community by serving on the Anne Arundel Community College Board of Trustees as Vice Chair, the Annapolis Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals and the EYC Foundation Board that provides underrepresented youth access to marine and maritime skills. She also provides certified animal-assisted therapy in medical facilities and county courts. Dr. Chien earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Mount Holyoke College, her master's and doctorate degrees in molecular immunology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and her law degree from the University of Denver. She is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Colorado State Bar.
Amy Gowan, President & CEO, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation Amy Gowan has worked across the land use spectrum for over 15 years managing and leading teams within the areas of land use, housing, community and economic development. Amy is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC), where she directs the organization's efforts to promote economic growth and business development. She oversees all aspects of AAEDC’s operations, including business attraction and retention, workforce development, financial lending, revitalization efforts and small business support. Prior to her current role, Amy served as the Director of Howard County Planning and Zoning and as the Deputy Director for approximately eight years. In her leadership roles, she oversaw department operations, programs and initiatives including review of development projects, commercial center redevelopment projects, long–range community planning, historical and agricultural preservation programs, and all zoning issues affecting the County. Key initiatives during her tenure include a new character based Comprehensive Plan for the county focused on sustainable redevelopment, an unprecedented community engagement effort targeting populations underrepresented in planning processes, an urban renewal project to redevelop a blighted village center and creation of a Citizen Planning Academy. Amy has also worked for the City of San Diego, where she held numerous policy and land use related positions. She served as an advisor to the Mayor on various land use projects, most notably as a project manager for a multi-million dollar public/private partnership to construct a new iconic downtown library for San Diego. In her role as Assistant Deputy Director of Economic Development, she was responsible for implementing the city's economic development programs, including managing over $15M in Community Development Block Grants, business assistance resources and commercial and neighborhood revitalization programs. Amy also spent several years as a Policy Advisor for the San Diego Housing Commission and the City of San Diego, working on affordable housing and homeless issues and programs. In addition to her multi-faceted work experience, Amy has a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in city planning from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton.
Kris Valero Shock, President & CEO, Leadership Anne Arundel As a graduate of the Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship program (2006), Kris is excited to mix her personal and professional experience to expand the visibility, value and reach of the LAA program and network. Prior to joining LAA, Kris served as the senior director of the Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship at the Maryland Department of Commerce where she led a team of experts in manufacturing, education and innovation, agribusiness and energy and entrepreneurship and capital attraction. From 2008 to 2015, Kris served as executive director of the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, overseeing its transition from a local group with a focus on Anne Arundel County to a regional business organization with members throughout the Washington-Annapolis-Baltimore region. The tech council’s membership also grew from 200 to more than 300 companies under her leadership, grant funding increased more than 200 percent and total revenue doubled. Shock also designed, developed and implemented a marketing strategy to promote the council’s new brand and ongoing program of work. Kris has a bachelor’s of science from Towson University. A native of Annapolis, she is the Co-founder and Co-organizer of Ignite Annapolis. Kris lives in Annapolis with her husband, three step daughters and her dogs Penny and Casserole and cat Mimi and is a proud volunteer at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. According to Kris, “Inspiring, nurturing and developing local leaders has never been more important. LAA is known for the Flagship program but with nearly a generation of LAA graduates, Flagship is just the beginning. We have a remarkable opportunity to engage more than 1400 of the best and brightest leaders in the region to develop the leaders of tomorrow.”
A virtual moderated Forum on women's topics in business, philanthropy, and public service. Available with delivered lunch by The Grill at Quarterfield Station
Thursday, August 27, 2020 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Hosted on Zoom
Featured Topics & Panelists: "Leaving A Legacy: The Power of Mentorship" Erin Lewis - Goosehead Insurance & Dream Queen Association & Foundation "10 Top Myths in Estate Planning" Tara Frame - Frame & Frame LLC "Pivoting In A Pandemic: How To Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities" Wynne Briscoe - Maryland Small Business Development Center, Southern MD Region Moderator: Rebecca Torzone - Northrop Grumman Corporation Vice President within the Engineering and Sciences division of Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector
Thank you to the sponsors of Women Who Make A Difference Awards:
Event Sponsors: Anne Arundel Community College Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation BGE
Women's Advocate Sponsors: Arundel Federal Savings Bank Bruster's Ice Cream Comcast Business Edward Jones - Robert Chapman Huff Insurance Ms. Waterproofer Inc. Schmidt Home Consultants - Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland Severn Bank UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center
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