The Daily Record held a special, exclusive panel discussion, “Path to Excellence: Achieving Your Personal and Professional Goals,” on July 21 for past Leading Women and Maryland’s Top 100 Women honorees and their mentees.
The panel — moderated by Veronica Cool, vice president business banking, Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company — included Lynne Brick, president, Brick Bodies and Lynne Brick’s Health Clubs; Luwanda Jenkins, special secretary, Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs; Sheela Murthy, president, Murthy Law Firm; Randi Alper Pupkin, founder/executive director, Art with a Heart Inc., and Darlene Brannigan Smith, dean, Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore.
All of the panelists and the moderator are at least two-time Top 100 winners and many have been inducted into the Circle of Excellence (three-time honorees). They discussed how they’ve overcome challenges to find success in their careers, how they attempt to balance their personal and professional priorities and lessons they’ve learned along the way. About 95 women attended.
“These women have busy lives with commitments at work and at home that would exhaust most of us. But when we called and asked them to participate on the panel and share what they have learned along the way to help develop the next generation of successful leaders, every one said ‘Yes, I would love to be there,’” Daily Record Publisher Suzanne Fischer-Huettner said. “ These honorees give back every day, and this is just one more example of the mark they are leaving on Maryland.”
The Daily Record launched Top 100 Women in 1996 to recognize women leaders for their professional accomplishments and their commitment to mentoring and the community. At the 15th anniversary celebration of Top 100 Women, The Daily Record announced a new awards event — Leading Women — which honors women who are 40 or younger for their professional accomplishments, community involvement and their commitment to inspiring change.
For many years The Daily Record worked to build a connection between the Top 100 honorees and all of the women who are not at the top of their career yet but have the determination, focus and intelligence to get there with a bit of coaching and guidance. Leading Women connects the next generation of women leaders to the Top 100 Women honorees.