*Accomplished Entrepreneur, Government Advisor, Community Leader and Public Speaker with proven exceptional ability to motivate people of diverse interests and backgrounds.*
Outstanding Achievements & Accomplishments:
2009: Maryland Top 100 MBE (2nd time)
2006: Maryland Top 100 Women Award
2006: Maryland Top 100 Minority Business Award
2005: National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Award.
2000: Maryland Sheroes Award.
2000: Maryland Women Who Dare—making A difference Award. by Maryland Department of Education.
1999: National “Woman of Enterprise” award by the Avon Corporation in conjunction with U.S. Small Business Administration.
1999: Business and Professional Women’s Award: Employer of the Year
1998: National U.S. Small Business Entrepreneur Award
1998: The National Federation of Black Women Business Owners “Woman of Courage” award
1997: The National Political Congress of Black Women, Inc. “Welfare-to-Work Award”
1994: College Park Business & Professional Women’s Club “Young Careerist”
Graduate: The Brookings Institution: Congressional Fellow
Graduate: Harvard Kennedy School of Government Harvard College: Leadership Executive program.
Graduate: Dartmouth/Tuck University: Management Executive Program
Graduate cum Laude Honors: Sojourner Douglas College: BA Administration and Management.
Member: Sigma Beta Delta
Benefit of Contribution to Society:
2017: Sisters of Providence/Associate
2009: Maryland State African Affairs Commissioner
2009: Anne Arundel County BRAC Commissioner
2008: Board member: Maryland Women’s Heritage Foundation
2007: Board Member: Friends of Sierra Leone *
June 2007: Advisory Board Member: Small Business Executive Council.
May 2004: Board Member: African American Business Alliance
October 2002: Vice President – Anne Arundel Women’s Democratic Club*
2004: Founding Board Member- Anne Arundel Black Chamber of Commerce
2003: Board Member: Women Impacting Public Policy USA.
2002- 2006 Board Member -Maryland State Uninsured Employers Fund Board*
2001- 2013:U.S.Department of Commerce Industry Sector Advisory Committee*
2001 -2005: U.S. Small Business Administration National Advisory Council*
1999- 2007: Commissioner: Maryland State Economic Development C Commission.*
2002 to Present; Hospital Ministry: Anne Arundel Hospital Center
1994-Present: Lector for St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Annapolis, Maryland,
1985-1995 United Communities against Poverty Office held – Board of Directors.*
1988-2014 Shingler-Hollis Investment Group Speaker on issues for women owned minority small businesses.*
1983-1989 Cooper Lane Academy PTA Offices held – Treasurer, Vice President, and Executive Board Member.*
Field of Accomplishment
2001 Distinguished Business Award of the Council of Negro Women, Inc. / NAWBO
1999 American Immigration Law Foundation’s “Immigrant Achievement Award” recipient.
1998 Named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National “Welfare to Work Entrepreneur of the Year.”
1998 Named the Maryland Small Business Administration’s “Maryland Welfare to Work Entrepreneur of the Year”
1998 Recipient of the Maryland State “Making A Difference” Award for involvement in Working Futures and contribution to the welfare reform in Charles County.
Enduring Value of Contribution (i.e. established new standards of conduct, first woman to, etc.)
1999 1st former welfare recipient appointed Commissioner of a Maryland state commission.
1999 1st former Welfare recipient: From the American Immigration Law Foundation’s “Immigrant Achievement Award”.
1998 1st former welfare recipient named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National “Welfare to Work Entrepreneur of the Year.”
1998 1st former welfare recipient named the Maryland Small Business Administration’s “Maryland Welfare to Work Entrepreneur of the Year”
1998 1st former welfare recipient to receive The National Federation of Black Women Business Owners “Woman of Courage” award
1997 1st former welfare recipient to receive the National Political Congress of Black Women, Inc. “Welfare-to-Work Award”
Public Speaking and Lecture Series Engagements
June 2015: Key note speaker: Catholic University SLEN Conference
September: Lecturer: The Robert Dole Institute of Politics
July 2010: Chief Judge: Miss Africa International Pageant
March 2010: Commencement Speaker: AWMS 30th Anniversary: West Africa
June 2009: Commencement Speaker: Everest College Gradation
May 2009: Africa economy recovery after war and violence. Boston Mass.
April 2007: Youth For Sierra Leone: Key note speaker, economic empowerment
Feb. 2006: Key note speaker: Women and violence: St. Maarten
September 2006: Key note speaker: Economic empowerment for women
July 2005: Trade Mission with Maryland Lt. Governor to South Africa.
April 2003: Speaker: African Capital Markets In New York City.
May 2002: Speaker: Global Summit of Women 2002 / Barcelona, Spain Trade Mission
March 2001: Key note speaker: University of Pittsburgh / Beyond The Dreams: How I Became A Successful Entrepreneur
October 2000: Key note speaker: 14th Annual – Robert D.Lynch Student Leadership Institute Lynch Student Leadership/Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, Inc.
August 1998: Key note speaker:” Small Business and Welfare Reform”
June 1998: Key note speaker” Employers and Welfare-to-Work” sponsored by the U.S. Small Business
In addition to the above:
Have done several speaking engagements to various educational institutions, including colleges, high schools and elementary schools in the United States, West Africa, South Africa, Caribbean, Europe and Middle East.
May 2018: Contributing author: What Self –Made Millionaires Do
September 2005: Author: Welfare to Millionaire with forward by Senator Robert Dole and Maryland Governor Parris Glendenning.
August 2006: PBS Documentary: They Came to America
September 2006: The New York Times: The New Americans
September 2000 Inside the mind of a winner ‘’The Oprah Magazine:’‘
I have done several speaking engagements, in the United States, West Africa, South Africa, Caribbean, Europe and Middle East.