Heroines of Washington

Wednesday, November 14, 2018  |  6 p.m.
The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner
1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102

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Thank you to everyone who came out in support of the 23 amazing Heroines of Washington Finalists and also to help raise critical funds to support March of Dimes mission. We are proud to announce that it was a record breaking fundraising year, raising $348,000 to ensure that March of Dimes can continue to provide the programs and services that support all moms and babies.

Congratulations to the 2018 Heroines of Washington Award Recipents : 
  • Healthcare Heroine Award Sponsored by Leidos: Ulrike Szalay, Biotech Consultant
  • Professional Services Heroine Award Sponsored by TSI: Ilene Miller, Thrively
  • Public Sector Heroine Award: Kim Collins, Department of Food and Drug Administration
  • Real Estate Heroine Award Sponsored by M&T Bank: Melanie Domres, Bentall Kennedy
  • Technology Heroine Award Sponsored by CACI: Peggy Tatum, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Rising Heroine Award Sponsored by EY: Sarah Dryer, Savills Studley
  • Lifetime Achievement Heroine Award Sponsored by Perspecta: Terri Stagi, The Stagi Group 
Congratulations to all of the 2018 Finalists!

Check out the 2018 Heroines of Washington Gala photos on our event Facebook Page and view the Finalist videos below. 


Professional Services

Public Sector

Real Estate




Heroines of Washington Presented By Perspecta is one of Washington’s most unique events, recognizing and honoring professional women in the DC Metro  Area for their dedication to community service. Formerly Heroines in Technology, in response to the growing demand from our community, the March of Dimes has expanded this gala to honor women for their community service in various industries.  Since 2001 the March of Dimes has honored 111 “heroines” and raised more than $2.8 million to fight for the health of all moms and babies. Guests include directors, CEOs and other high-level individuals from local corporations and government agencies.

                                    Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction: 6:00 
                                   Dinner and Awards Presentation: 7:30 – 9:00
                                                       Black Tie Optional

Awards presented for the following categories:

Healthcare Heroine Award Sponsored By Leidos
Professional Services Heroine Award Sponsored By TSI
Public Sector Heroine Award 
Real Estate Heroine Award Sponsered By M&T Bank
Technology Heroine Award Sponsored By CACI
Rising Heroine Award Sponsored By EY
Lifetime Achievement Heroine Award Sponsored By Perspecta

To nominate yourself or someone you know visit our nominations page! 

Complete List of past Heroines 

To view photos of last year's event please visit our Facebook page. For more information on the event, please contact Bevan Bello at 571-257-2300 or [email protected]

Congratulations to the 2018 Heroines of Washington Finalists!

Katie Bowen, Perspecta
Jennifer Boyle, Department of Defense
Usha Chaudhary, Kettler (Former)
Kim C. Collins, Department of Food and Drug Administration
Kathy Conrad, Accenture Federal Services
Melanie Domres, Bentall Kennedy
Sarah Dreyer, Savills Studley
Denise Harrover, Van Metre Companies
Jennifer Herrera, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Cecilia Hodges, M&T Bank
Da'Shaun Joseph, The KeyW Corporation
Phyllis Kolmus, AT&T
Ilene Miller, Thrively
Mamie Parker, Ma Parker and Associates
Jan Plane, University of Maryland College Park
Toni Reinhart, Comfort Keepers
Liza Sabine, Leidos
Deborah Snyder, Department of Defense
Terri Stagi, The Stagi Group
Ulrike Szalay, Biotech Consultant
Peggy Tatum, The Aerospace Corporation
Tamika Tremaglio, Deloitte & Touche LLP
T. Patrice Waters, Leidos
Thank you to everyone who came out in support of the 24 amazing Heroines of Washington 2017 Finalists and also to help raise critical funds to support the March of Dimes Mission.  We are proud to announce that it was a record breaking fundraising year, raising $280,000 to ensure that the March of Dimes can continue to advocate, pioneer research, and empower families with the programs, knowledge and tools so that all moms and babies are healthy.

Congratulations to the 2017 Heroines of Washington Winners: 

*click on the links below to see the video. 

Real Estate Heroine Award: Christine Espenshade, JLL
Rising Heroine award sponsored by EY : Rebecca Geller, Geller Law Group & Holly Seibold, M2 Academy
Professional Services Heroine award sponsored by TSI: Molly Bauch, Accenture
Technology Heroine award sponsored by Vencore: Terita Norton, The Aerospace Corp.
Public Sector Heroine award sponsored by Dixon Hughes: Adrienne Somerville, Naval Air Systems
Healthcare Heroine award: Catherine Anderson, United Healthcare
Lifetime Heroine award: Lisa Friedlander, Activity Rocket

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Finalists!


Meet Our Event Leadership

Co-Chair Jennifer Felix, Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer, Perspecta

Jennifer is heavily involved in the Washington Metro community from both a corporate and personal standpoint. She has led Perspecta to record breaking fundraising activities for the American Heart Association and the IAVA veterans organization by creating internal financial mechanisms to make those contributions happen. In support of area students, Felix served as the key parent-sponsor to oversee the development, fundraising, operationalization and launch of a state-of-the-art program for the Herndon Middle School theatre program.

Co-Chair Ann Addison, Chief Human Resources Officer, Leidos

Ann M. Addison is the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Leidos. In this role, she works closely with the executive team and the HR professionals to deliver the HR programs and initiatives to enable the business strategies for a 32,000-person global workforce. Specifically, her responsibilities include leading the Human Capital Strategy with a focus on leadership development, employee engagement, total rewards, employee & labor relations, talent acquisition, succession planning, organization development, and change management.


Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. They participate in an exclusive dining event while supporting a critical cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our events, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Bevan Bello at 571-257-2300 or [email protected]

Fund The Mission

Nearly half a million babies in the U.S. are born prematurely or with birth defects each year.  Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the United States and globally.  Fund the Mission gifts are 100% tax deductible and direct contributions to help the March of Dimes advocate for policies that prioritize the health of moms and babies, fund scientific research at our Prematurity Research Centers, and provide resources and programs to help moms before, during and after pregnancy.  During the program there will be an opportunity to make a Fund The Mission donation. Please join the March of Dimes in the fight for healthy moms and strong babies. 

                                                                            Former Heroine Testimonials

“Being recognized as a Heroine of Washington by the March of Dimes was a gift and an inspiration.   I became profoundly appreciative of the mission of the March of Dimes to commit to the research that supports us when we are bringing our babies into the world.  At the other end of the spectrum, being named a Heroine was a monumental encouragement to me to continue dedicating all my volunteer time to building systems to help our parents and grandparents age happily in the community.”     
-- Pat Williams, GraceFul Care
“Being a March of Dimes heroine is a tremendous honor.  This recognition signifies my lifelong commitment to support my local community and make a positive difference in the lives of others.  It’s also a terrific professional networking opportunity.  I’ve been very fortunate to meet other local leaders who have a similar passion for voluntarism.  While we come from various backgrounds and perspectives, we share similar core values to help change lives in a meaningful way.  I consider myself very lucky to receive this award and to stand in the company of these amazing women!”     -- Mimi Yeh, Accenture
“The March of Dimes’ mission to give “a fighting chance for every baby” is something near and dear to my heart, as I have personal experience with this. In fact, my own company’s corporate philanthropy mission is to support organizations that help children with illnesses. To be named a “Heroines of Washington” in acknowledgement of my community service is truly humbling, and I am proud to be in the company of other like-minded women executives and entrepreneurs who also have won the award.”     
                                                                                                       -- Kristina Bouweiri, Reston Limousine

“The impact of the March of Dimes has had for so many is inspiring of what is possible whem we are driven by a deep sense of purpose. The heriones award recognition provided me with the ability to share ideas and encourage others to also be driven by purpose both personally and professionally. I remain deeply in awe of those honored and proud to be part of an amazing group of leaders.”    
                                                                                                                              -- Christina Frederick, Sapient
“I was introduced to Heroines as a nominee in 2011, and becoming a part of the Heroines of Washington community has been wonderful for me both personally and professionally.  Through Heroines, I’ve made connections including teaming partners and service providers who support the growth and success of my company.  Also, I’ve made new friends who are kindred spirits in their devotion to social responsibility, community outreach and charitable giving.  Seeing the March of Dimes helping so many families and recognizing women for their community service is truly inspiring.   I’m honored and grateful to support the March of Dimes and Heroines of Washington.”     
                                                                                                                         -- Marta Wilson, Transformation Systems

“Being selected as a finalist and then winning as a heroine was truly an honor.  The process was handled with such thoughtfulness and professionalism.  I was made to feel very special for inclusion in this event, initially as a finalist and ultimately as a heroine.  The community of women I came to know at the March of Dimes, fellow finalists and honorees as well as volunteers and past winners was an amazing group. I was continuingly inspired by the transformative work each one did and was truly humbled to be a part of it. Now that I’m a past winner, it is my privilege to help with the process. I’ve enjoyed being on the committee encouraging nominees and reviewing applications. I will be most excited to attend this year’s event and share in the great work we are doing to promote amazing women and support for a critical need in our world –helping raise awareness and funds for premature infants and their families.”     -- Wendy Feldman Block, Savills Studley



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