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Network 2000 changes name to Executive Alliance

Network 2000, a Maryland organization dedicated the advancement of professional women has changed its name to Executive Alliance – A Catalyst for Women Leaders in Maryland, the organization announced Tuesday during its annual Women of Excellence luncheon.

Network 2000 changed its name to Executive Alliance - A Catalyst for Women Leaders in Maryland at its annual luncheon on Tuesday. (submitted)

Network 2000 announced Tuesday it is changing its name to Executive Alliance – A Catalyst for Women Leaders in Maryland. (Submitted image)

Ann Quinn, the organization’s president, said the change was brought on by the need to update the organization’s name to make its mission more clear.

“Our new name conveys more clearly the makeup of our membership as executive leaders and promotes the collaborative nature of our work,” said Quinn.

Founded in in 1993, the former Network 2000 was formed by a group of professional women to get more women into the c-suite and boardrooms. The organization also offers mentorship opportunities through its Effective Impact Mentoring Program.

The name-change announcement was made before 1,000 women business leaders from across the state gathered at Martin’s West in Woodlawn. The luncheon featured a conversation with Donna Brazile, interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and Mary Matalin, a conservative commentator and former presidential adviser.

The women, who are longtime friends despite their contrasting political views, talked about a range of topics largely surrounding the upcoming election and their experiences being women in politics. Like most of the country, Brazile and Matalin are ready for the election to be over and renounced the negative comments and rhetoric that have become commonplace in the presidential race over the past few months.

“We don’t live that way, we don’t talk to each other that way,” said Brazile. “Being negative doesn’t make it right.”

Matalin, who is not optimistic about either candidate and became a registered Libertarian earlier this year, said it’s time for Americans to step up and change the conversation.

“If there was ever a time for followers to lead, it’s now,” she said.

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