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Women’s Perspectives: Power in the Workplace

How have Maryland’s biggest companies done when it comes to women in their boardrooms and C-Suites? Has legislation to instill gender equity and to require women representation on boards worked? What does it take for a woman to get to the top? This webinar will offer advice and guidance from women who have made that climb.

Dec. 14, 2022


Sponsored by:



Jennifer Curry
Lisa H. R. Hayes
Erin Moran
Aubreana Stephenson Holder
Jennifer Curry
Managing Shareholder
Baker Donelson, Baltimore office
Lisa H. R. Hayes
Gordon Feinblatt LLC
Erin Moran
Executive Director,
The Dr. Nancy Grasmick Leadership Institute
Aubreana Stephenson Holder
Chief Operating Officer,
Federal Management Systems Inc.

Jennifer Curry:

Jennifer Curry, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson’s Baltimore office with over 100 employees, focuses her practice on advising and defending employers on all manner of employment and compliance issues. Working closely with employers of all industries and sizes, she provides practical advice to clients facing challenging workforce issues involving discipline, leave issues under the ADA and FMLA, contract violations, termination, and restrictive covenants. As co-chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Health practice, she has a specific focus on clients in the health care industry, and also represents the education and general business industries.

Committed to supporting women in the workforce, Curry also serves on the firm’s Diversity committee and its Women’s Initiative, which has created programs that guarantee women attorneys equal access at every level, and created pathways to advancement and leadership. The initiative also offers women a variety of programs meant to ensure advancement and fulfillment including mentorship programs.

Under her leadership, the firm recently launched The Light of Baltimore Incubator, a partnership with Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, to support 30 small Baltimore businesses in a wide variety of industries.

Lisa H. R. Hayes:

Lisa H. R. Hayes is counsel in the Gordon Feinblatt LLC Trusts & Estates practice group. As a lawyer and certified public accountant, she brings an extensive background in wealth and investment planning for high net worth individuals and families.

Hayes has helped clients build sound strategies for estate, financial, charitable and tax planning. She works collaboratively with clients and their advisors, develops comprehensive estate plans and creates wills, trusts and other wealth planning documents. Her long-term commitment to her clients and their families has resulted in multigenerational relationships.

Hayes returned to private practice after many years at PNC Bank, N.A. Prior to joining the bank, she was part of the trusts and estates group at a Baltimore law firm.

Hayes has served on and chaired various charitable and professional boards. She is a 10-year member of Executive Alliance, which advocates for the advancement of women in the workplace. She is a past president of the organization and the current co-chair of the Women on Boards Committee.

In addition to being a lawyer, Hayes has been a CPA since 1983. She spent several years in private practice at McGladrey & Pullen in North Carolina before going to law school.

Erin Moran:

Erin Moran has spent most of her 25-year career dedicated to developing leaders who create inspiring work environments that enable people to be fulfilled while also achieving extraordinary business results.

Moran is currently the inaugural executive director of the Dr. Nancy Grasmick Leadership Institute, an organization anchored at Towson University dedicated to positively impacting the region and beyond through results-producing and ethical leadership development.

Moran was Union Square Hospitality Group’s chief culture officer for seven years, and in that capacity, she was responsible for overseeing and enhancing all aspects of the employee experience to yield stronger business performance. Based in New York City, USHG created Shake Shack, operates 27 restaurants, runs a multifaceted catering and events business, has earned 28 James Beard Awards, 22 New York Times Stars, 4 Michelin Stars and is best known for its culture of “Enlightened Hospitality.”

Moran has a series of awards to her credit, including being named one of the Top 50 Women Innovators in the Restaurant Industry (2019), a two-time honoree through the National Restaurant Association Power List of Culture Champions (2017 and 2019) and Women’s Foodservice Forum Top Women in Metro New York Foodservice & Hospitality (2018).

Moran is a Baltimore native and holds a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University and an M.B.A. from the Thunderbird School of International Management, and has lived and worked in five different countries.

Aubreana Stephenson Holder:

Aubreana Stephenson Holder lives by the motto, “You can do anything you put your mind to, and given an opportunity to prove myself, I will show you my worth.” At a young age, she achieved the title of chief operating officer of Federal Management Systems Inc. (FMS), a contracting firm in existence for 31 years working with federal, state, local and international governments. Additionally, she is on the Board of Directors of FMS, and also serves as the corporate advisor for the company, reviewing and negotiating their contracts. Currently, she manages several contracts for the company.

As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The Links Inc. and Jack and Jill of America Inc., National Association of Parliamentarians, and The Society Inc., service is clearly at the core of Stephenson Holder’s heart. Serving within her chapters, on a regional and local level in two organizations, and on a national level within one, she enjoys service and fundraising for the community. In addition to serving with her organizations, she has held fundraisers and volunteered her time with local nonprofit organizations.

She is married to Mark Holder and is a mother of two wonderful children. Her love of family is her daily inspiration to achieve more. Of all her titles, she enjoys and is most proud of her role as a wife and mother, and finds family time very important and fulfilling.

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