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WIPP Congratulates its Members Receiving MEA Magazine “50 Influential Women of 2011"

Wednesday, March 9, 2011  
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WIPP Congratulates Members Courtney Fairchild, Louisa Jaffe, Julie Lenzer Kirk, Gloria Larkin, Mary Schnack, Dona Storey and Gayle Waldron
on Being Named by ME Magazine: "50 Most Influential Women of 2011"

Awards will be presented in Washington, DC on March 16th.

Press Release

Contact: Debra Williams

(703) 730-4091


50 Women of Influence and Power Awards Luncheon 2011


Washington, DC (February 3, 2011) – MEA Magazine, a publication of the award-winning organization Minority Enterprise Executive Council, is hosting a prestigious luncheon recognizing 50 Women of Influence and Power on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. The theme: "Applauding Courage and Success.” The luncheon will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel, located 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. This event will honor fifty of the most successful women business leaders across the United States.

Ms. Linda Y. Cureton, Chief Information Officer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is our keynote speaker and honoree. As CIO of NASA, Ms. Cureton has the authority and accountability for ensuring that NASA’s information assets are selected, controlled and evaluated consistent with federal policies, procedures and legislation. Maryland State Delegate Herman Taylor is our guest speaker. Delegate Taylor is the Vice Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and Chairman of the Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee of the Maryland House of Delegates.

A partial list of 2011 honorees include: Claudine Adams, CEO, Adams Communications & Engineering Technology; Deborrah Banks, Marketing Director, Center for Minority Business Development, PGCC; Cristina Caballero, President, Dialogue on Diversity; Veronica Cool, VP Sr. Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo; Linda Y. Cureton, CIO, NASA; Angela Chester-Johnson, VP Protocol and Strategic Partnerships, Leon H. Sullivan Foundation; Candace Duncan, Managing Partner, KPMG, LLP; June Lee Evans, Director of Training & Education, Center for Minority Business Development,P GCC; Courtney Fairchild, President, Global Services; Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow, CEO, The Oliver Group; Sharon Fitzpatrick, President, The Fitzpatrick Group, LLC; Heidi W. Gerding, CEO, HeiTech Services; Linda Mercado Greene, President, The Linda Greene Group; Belkis Leong-Hong, CEO, KAI, Inc. ;Cassandra Hayes, CEO, Bodacious Promotions; Julie Lenzer Kirk, President, Path Forward International; Margery Kraus, CEO, APCO Worldwide; Mirinda Jackson, MBE Compliance Manager, Prince George’s County Government; Louisa Jaffe, CEO, Technical and Project Engineering; Gloria Berthold Larkin, President, TargetGov; Dawn Li, CEO, Data and Analytic Solutions; Lucretia McClenney, Director, Center for Minority Veterans, U.S. Veterans Affairs; L. Content McLaughlin, Partner, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP; Carla Nelson, Director, Mayor’s Office of Minority & Women-Owned Business Development; Beverly L. Perry, Sr. Vice President, External Affairs, Pepco Holdings, Inc.; Gloria Allen-Sims, CEO, GloSolutions; Janet C. Smith, President, Ivy Planning Group; Mary Schnack, President, Mary Schnack & Associates; Dona A.P. Storey, CEO,; Diana Strong, Small Business Program Manager, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Barbara Taylor, Sr. Manager, The Boeing Company; Gwendolyn Tillman, Corporate Manager, Socio-Economic Business Programs/Government Relations, Northrop Grumman; Gayle Waldron, President, The Management Edge; Patricia Williams, CEO, Omega Security International; Angela Zavala, President, TIYM Publishing Company.

There will be live entertainment; a lavish lunch will be served. Individual seating is $250; a corporate table of 10 is $2,500. Please reserve your seating in advance; there is no on-site registration. For more information call us at (703) 730-4091 or email at our website at

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