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Path to Excellence networking series stops on the Eastern Shore

Carole Champagne, an associate professor of English at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, gets a photo with Karen Treber, general counsel with Salisbury University, during the Path to Excellence networking event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Carole Champagne, an associate professor of English at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, gets a photo with Karen Treber, general counsel with Salisbury University, during the Path to Excellence networking event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Shawna Kearsley, director of client and corporate relations with the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, and Lori DeWitt, associate professor of communication arts at Salisbury University, take a break for a photo during the Path to Excellence networking event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Shawna Kearsley, director of client and corporate relations with the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, and Lori DeWitt, associate professor of communication arts at Salisbury University, take a break for a photo during the Path to Excellence networking event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

The nonprofit beneficiary at the event was Food for the Flock a student organization based at Salisbury University whose mission is to combat social stigma by providing food for students at the school experiencing food insecurity. Lexi Sank, left, with Food for the Flock, stands with Lisa Howard, the faculty adviser for the organization, next to the donations received from event attendees. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

The nonprofit beneficiary at the event was Food for the Flock a student organization based at Salisbury University whose mission is to combat social stigma by providing food for students at the school experiencing food insecurity. Lexi Sank, left, with Food for the Flock, stands with Lisa Howard, the faculty adviser for the organization, next to the donations received from event attendees. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Salisbury University Employee Relations Manager Crystal Dickerson; Emilee Fiscus; Victoria Myles, a student at Salisbury University; and Noha Elshalali, of Salisbury University, were on hand for the Path to Excellence event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Salisbury University Employee Relations Manager Crystal Dickerson; Emilee Fiscus; Victoria Myles, a student at Salisbury University; and Noha Elshalali, of Salisbury University, were on hand for the Path to Excellence event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Stacy McMichael, resource development manager with United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, stands with Eli Modlin, during the event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Stacy McMichael, resource development manager with United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, stands with Eli Modlin, during the event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Salisbury University’s MaKayla Molock, Magalene Molock and M’Kya Molock take a minute for a photo during the Path to Excellence event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Salisbury University’s MaKayla Molock, Magalene Molock and M’Kya Molock take a minute for a photo during the Path to Excellence event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Jenna Bowne marketing and public relations coordinator with Lower Shore Enterprises; Alexis Dashield, with the Fruitland Community Center Inc.; Lori Carter, director of the Wicomico County Department of Planning; and Susan Purnell, owner of Kuhn’s Jewelers, pause during the networking portion of the event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Jenna Bowne marketing and public relations coordinator with Lower Shore Enterprises; Alexis Dashield, with the Fruitland Community Center Inc.; Lori Carter, director of the Wicomico County Department of Planning; and Susan Purnell, owner of Kuhn’s Jewelers, pause during the networking portion of the event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Mary Angela Baker, director of the Center for Extended & Lifelong Learning at Salisbury University, stands with Sonya Whited, director of process, packaging and commercialization with Perdue Farms, during the event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Mary Angela Baker, director of the Center for Extended & Lifelong Learning at Salisbury University, stands with Sonya Whited, director of process, packaging and commercialization with Perdue Farms, during the event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Salisbury University President Charles Wright welcomes attendees to the Path to Excellence networking event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Salisbury University President Charles Wright welcomes attendees to the Path to Excellence networking event. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

A crowd of nearly 100 guests enjoy the program during the Path to Excellence networking event Nov. 7 at Salisbury University. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

A crowd of nearly 100 guests enjoy the program during the Path to Excellence networking event Nov. 7 at Salisbury University. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record, addresses the crowd during the Path to Excellence networking event at Salisbury University. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record, addresses the crowd during the Path to Excellence networking event at Salisbury University. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Top 100 and Leading Women honorees gather for a group photo at the Eastern Shore Path to Excellence networking event Nov. 7 at Salisbury University. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Top 100 and Leading Women honorees gather for a group photo at the Eastern Shore Path to Excellence networking event Nov. 7 at Salisbury University. (Photo by Kathleen Kaste)

Close to 100 women gathered Nov. 7 at Salisbury University to attend The Daily Record’s Path to Excellence networking series event.

The women were there to share and celebrate the connections that have shaped and advanced their careers. The event was held in conjunction with the release of the November issue of the Path to Excellence magazine, which focused on trailblazers. The issue profiled women who were pioneers or reached extraordinary heights in their careers. It also looked back a year after the #MeToo movement began and what progress had been made in Maryland and what lies ahead as the 100th anniversary approaches of the passing of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.

Former Circle of Excellence, Top 100 Women and Leading Women honorees were co-hosts for the event including Alexis Dashield, Fruitland Community Center Inc.; Dr. Janet Dudley-Eschbach, Salisbury University; Sandra Fitzgerald-Angello, Pohanka Automotive Group; Cheryl Meadows, Salisbury NHS; Paula Morris, Salisbury University; Dr. Peggy Naleppa, retired president/CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center; Susan Purnell, Kuhn’s Jewelers; Sonya Whited, Perdue Farms; and Stephanie T. Willey, Comcast Spotlight.

The nonprofit beneficiary of the event was Food for the Flock, a student organization based at Salisbury University whose mission is to combat social stigma by providing food for students at the school experiencing food insecurity in a judgment-free space.

The 2018 networking series was sponsored by Keswick and Salisbury University was the host sponsor for the November event.

Dates and locations for the 2019 Path to Excellence networking events will be announced soon. The 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit is scheduled for March 20 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Coppin State University. For updates and details go to thedailyrecord.com/path-to-excellence/calendar/.

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