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Heroines of Washington

DATE: Tuesday, November 19, 2019  |  Time: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner
ADDRESS: 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102

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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 126 “heroines” and raised more than $3.4 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.

Congratulations to this years recipients! 
  • Real Estate Heroine Award sponsored by M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust: Colleen Wevodau, Baker Tilly
  • Rising Heroine Award sponsored by SAIC : Julia Duncan, Accenture
  • Professional Services Heroine Award: Anna Dunn, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Technology Heroine Award sponsored by KPMG: Phyllis Kolmus, AT&T
  • Public Sector Heroine Award sponsored by Carahsoft: Nikki Jenkins, Fauquier County Public Schools
  • Healthcare Heroine Award: Monica Schmude, Cigna
  • Lifetime Achievement Heroine Award sponsored by Perspecta: Sandy Davis, Booz Allen Hamilton 
  • Corporate Heroine Award sponsored by MorganFranklin Consulting: Nazzic Keene, SAIC

To view photos from the event visit our Facebook page! 

Complete List of past Heroines 

For more information on the event and nominations, please contact Kate Leib at 571-257-2309 or [email protected]

Congratulations to the 2019 Heroines of Washington Finalists!

Anna Dunn, Booz Allen Hamilton 
Blair Monroe, Carahsoft Technology
Colleen Wevodau, Baker Tilly
Helen Xing, Tableau
JeanMarie Komyathy, National Credit Union Administration
Jennifer Lassiter Smith, INMED Partnerships for Children
Julia Duncan, Accenture
Kaleigh Jones, Cushman and Wakefield
Kelsey Daddio, MDB Communications
Lauren Kara, Virginia Hospital Center
Lauren Kinard, First Excel Title, LLC
Lisa Zellers, RedHorse Corporation
Monica L. Schmude, Cigna
Nazzic Keene, SAIC
Patricia Prather, The Montgomery County Coalition of the Homeless
Phyllis Kolmus, AT&T
Nikki Jenkins, Fauquier County Public Schools
Salma Hasan Ali, SHA Storytelling Consulting
Sandra Davis, Booz Allen Hamilton
Sumedha Mongia, Health360
Teri Moy, Teri Moy Studio
Wendy Lai-Ching Chan, Accenture
Winter Harris, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Michele Kang, Cognosante

Meet Our Event Leadership

Co-Chair Jennifer Felix

In her third year as Co-Chair of the Heroines of Washington Gala, Jennifer has been heavily involved in the Washington Metro community from both a corporate and personal standpoint. As the CFO of Vencore (now Perspecta), she lead the organization to record breaking fundraising years for the American Heart Association.  She also provided pivotal support to initiatives that raised significant funds to  support victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  Felix also served as the key architect of the development of a local 501(c)3 organization, raising significant funds to launch a state-of-the-art program for the Herndon Middle School theatre program.

Co- Chair Lorraine Corcoran

As vice president of corporate and marketing communications, Lorraine M. Corcoran advances the company’s brand, value proposition and competitive position with critical customers, influencers and stakeholders. During her tenure in the public sector, Corcoran has focused on synchronizing external marketing and communication activities across diverse businesses that engineer and deliver complex solutions for all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and other government agencies. Additionally, she has spearheaded comprehensive internal leadership communications programs that focus on driving business results and increasing productivity. Prior to joining Perspecta, Corcoran was the vice president of corporate communications at Vencore and served in management positions at companies located in the Washington D.C. and Atlanta metropolitan areas, including DRS Technologies, Inc. and BellSouth Telecommunications. Corcoran graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communication. She holds an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Corcoran serves as a board member for the Washington Ireland Program and is a member of the Capital Speakers Club.


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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