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Melissa Walker

Daily Record Staff//May 14, 2021

Melissa Walker

By Daily Record Staff

//May 14, 2021

Melissa Walkerwalker-melissa

Executive Vice President & CFO KCW
Engineering Technologies, Inc.

The past year has made us all face change in ways we did not know were possible. What are the tools you use to embrace change and to help your team navigate that change with you? What are you doing to lead important change in your organization and/or Maryland?

When facing change, we can freeze or find greatness. COVID-19 was everchanging, which meant the message to our team was too. As leaders, we were navigating how to be a pillar of strength, while facing the same fears and uncertain- ties as our team. Through this, we chose authenticity. Our real-time communication was open and honest. By being vulnerable, our team felt supported, knowing that we faced this reality as one. We prioritized mental health and virtual teambuilding to cultivate community in a remote world. Our personal and professional growth from 2020 will carry us for years to come.

There are so many issues we are tackling in the MD General Assembly and in various organizations across Maryland to create change and help people succeed both at work and home. Share some issues you are passionate about and how our network of women leaders and attendees tonight can make a difference and become advocates for change?

I advocate for women facing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), which affects 1 in 4 women. This needs to change. As a leader who has experienced IPV, I use my platform to raise awareness, leading 100 team members in supporting House of Ruth Maryland for the last five years.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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