Thank you to our 2022 Host Committee Members

Event Chair: Cecilia Hodges, Regional President – M&T Bank

Rosie Allen, CEO – United Way of the National Capital Area
Irma Becerra, Ph.D., President – Marymount University
Lynn Bennett, Managing Principal & Chief Strategy Officer – Coakley & Williams Construction
Jennifer Bognet, Executive VP – Bognet Construction
Kathy Bonnafe, CEO – Combined Creative
Jackie Bradford, President – NBC4/Telemundo 44/NBC Sports Washington
Diane DuBois – WGB Board/Washington Post (ret.)
Guitty Ejtemai, VP – The Abdolhossein & Guitty Ejtemai Foundation
Nora Gardner, Sr. Partner – McKinsey & Company
Nancy Greene, Chairman – Miles & Stockbridge
Julie Kent, Artistic Director – The Washington Ballet
Lexy Kessler, Lead Partner, Government Contract Services Group Aronson LLC
Anne Kress, Ph.D., President – Northern Virginia Community College
Evelyn Lee, President – Truist, Greater Washington
Leslie Ludwig – L&L Family Foundation

Deepti Malhotra, WGB Board/CEO – VMD Corp
Jodie McLean, CEO – Edens
Monica Modi Dalwadi, Managing Partner – DC Metro Region, Baker Tilly
Radha Muthiah, President and CEO – Capital Area Food Bank
Linda Rabbitt, Founder and Chairman – rand* construction corporation
Angie Reese Hawkins, CEO – Greater Washington YMCA
Susan Riel, President and CEO – Eagle Bank
Janis Schiff, Partner – Holland & Knight
Monica Schmude, Market President – Cigna
Courtney Spaeth, CEO – growth[period]
Patricia Steis, Managing Director – Office Head, Marsh
Leslie Strittmatter, WGB Co-Founder/Publisher – New Homes Guide (ret.)
Lauren Vanni Kinard, WGB Board/President – First Excel Title LLC
Laura Varner-Norman, VP of Sales – iHeart Media
Katharine Weymouth, Former Publisher – The Washington Post
Ruth Williams-Brinkley, Regional President – Kaiser Permanente


Keynote Speaker:
Linda Rabbitt, CEO and Chairman
rand* construction company

M&T Bank’s annual Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, benefitting Women Giving Back, is held in honor of International Women’s Day and an opportunity to recognize the power of women. M&T’s inspirational program celebrates the exceptional impact that Women Giving Back, and the thousands of women that support us, are having on women and children in the Greater Washington D.C. area. This is an invite-only event.

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