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Awards | President's Commission on Women's Issues

Celebration of Women

The PCWI established the Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in 1977. In 2017, the awards were renamed Women of Influence. The ceremony is an annual event that recognizes members of our community who have distinguished themselves by working with and for women on our campus and in our community. PCWI is interested in recognizing women who actively worked on behalf of diverse (in identity, discipline, and other dimensions of difference) communities of women. The recipients of awards have shown:

  1. Mentorship: formally and/or informally fostering the development of women and girls.
  2. Work/Life Balance: strengthening our campus community for working women.
  3. Social and Political Justice: supporting issues of diversity, inclusion, and justice by addressing various ways our community is impacted by sexism and all intersecting forms of discrimination.
  4. Preventing Sexual Harassment: and other forms of sexual misconduct.
  5. Community Engagement: engaging the community at UMD and beyond to
    strengthen the experiences of women and girls.

View the 2019 celebration of women award winners

  • Ugochi Chinemere
  • Cynthia Edmunds
  • Andrea Goodwin
  • Christina Sessoms
  • Elisabeth Smela

View the 2018 celebration of women award winners

  • Nicole Coomber
  • Tiffany Gaines Ekwueme
  • Anna Packy
  • Chandra Turpen
  • Timea Webster
  • Terry Zacker

View the 2017 celebration of women award winners

  • Rashanta Bledman
  • Karen O'Brien
  • Jandelyn Plane
  • Nazish Salahuddin
  • Erica Simpkins
  • Sharon Strange Lewis
  • Katherine Swanson

View the 2015 celebration of women award winners

  • Krishna Bhagat, Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Carol Bonkosky, Outstanding Non-Exempt Staff
  • Carolyn Consoli, Outstanding Exempt Staff
  • Nina Harris, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Brooke Lecky Supple, Outstanding Woman of the Year

View the 2014 celebration of women award winners

  • Noa Balf, Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Cynthia Roberts Hale, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Paige Elizabeth Smith, Outstanding Exempt Staff
  • Laura Anderson Wright, Outstanding Woman of Color

View the 2014 celebration of women award winners

  • Linette Berry, Outstanding Non-Exempt Staff
  • Beth Douthirt Cohen, Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Erin McClure, Outstanding Exempt Staff
  • Kerry Ann O'Meara, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Ruth Zambrana, Outstanding Woman of Color

View the 2012 celebration of women award winners

  • Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Abimbola "Bola" Dawson, Outstanding Non-Exempt Staff
  • Donna Lim, Outstanding Exempt Staff
  • Ann Wylie, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Lindsay Wohlers, Outstanding Graduate Student

View the 2011 celebration of women award winners

  • Corbin Campbell, Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Barbara Goldberg, Outstanding Exempt Staff
  • Beverly Greenfeig, Outstanding Exempt Staff
  • Sharon Kirkland-Gordon, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Lee Thornton, Outstanding Woman of the Year

View the 2010 celebration of women award winners

  • Elsa Barkley Brown, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Lindsey M. Hoskins, Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Victoria Leatherwood, Outstanding Exempt Staff
  • Sally S. Simpson, Outstanding Woman of the Year

View the 2009 celebration of women award winners

  • Chandra Bisnath, Outstanding Exempt Staff
  • Sacared Bodison, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Lisa Pfeifer, Outstanding Graduate Student

View the 2008 celebration of women award winners

  • Katherine Pedro Beardsley, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Rhyneta Gumbs, Outstanding Exempt Staff
  • Sheri Parks, Outstanding Woman of Color

View the 2008 celebration of women award winners

  • Renee Ater, Outstanding Woman of Color (2006-2007)
  • Denise Gottfredson, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Laura Nichols, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Valencia Skeeter, Outstanding Woman of Color (2006-2007)
  • Sivagami Subbaraman, Outstanding Woman of Color (2006-2007)
  • Andrea Hill Levy, PCWI Distinguished Service Award

View the 2006 celebration of women awards

  • Renee Ater, Outstanding Woman of Color (2006-2007)
  • Suzie Farr, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Valencia Skeeter, Outstanding Woman of Color (2006-2007)
  • Sivagami Subbaraman, Outstanding Woman of Color (2006-2007)

2005

  • Hanna K. Kanagbou, Outstanding Exempt Staff
  • Julie Choe Kim, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Andrea Hill Levy, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Karen S. McNair, Outstanding Exempt Staff
  • Rosemary Parker, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Mary Helen Washington, Outstanding Woman of Color

View the 2004 celebration of women award winners

  • Earlene Armstrong, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Vivian S. Boyd, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Johnetta Davis, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Roberta (Bobbi) Donley, Outstanding Exempt Staff
  • Gaynor Sale, Outstanding Exempt Staff

View the 2003 celebration of women award winners

  • Shirlene Chase, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Claire G. Moses, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Lisa Wheeler, Outstanding Non-Exempt Staff
  • Irene Zoppi, Outstanding Woman of Color

View the 2002 celebration of women award winners

  • Carmen Balthrop, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Ellin K. Scholnick, Outstanding Woman of the Year

2001

  • Sapienza Barone, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Sangeeta Ray, Outstanding Woman of Color

2000

  • Dottie Bass, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Sally A. Koblinsky, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1999

  • Regina Davis, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Mina Garrett, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Shirley Wilson Logan, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Andrea O'Neil, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Harriet Presser, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1998

  • Dottie Bass, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Barbara L. Finkelstein, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Sangeeta Ray, Outstanding Woman of Color

1997

  • Linda M. Clement, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Dr. Seung-Kyung Kim, Outstanding Woman of Color

1996

  • Susan L. Bayly, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Adrienne Davis, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Romaine Pinchback, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Suzanne Randolph, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Ellen D. Williams, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1995

  • Janice Barber, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Gloria Bouis, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Thelma Davis, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Delores Mulligan, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Rev. Elizabeth Platz, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Rhonda Williams, Outstanding Woman of Color

1994

  • Evelyn Beck, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Frank Briggs, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Roberta Coates, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Paulette Frazier, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Deborah Stefany, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Andrianna F. Stuart, Outstanding Woman of Color

1993

  • Connie Arnett, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Maureen Beasley, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Barbara Bennett, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Marie Smith Davidson, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • May Nee, Outstanding Administrative Professional

1992

  • Virginia W. Beauchamp, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Mary E. Cothran, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Sharon Fries-Britt, Outstanding Woman of Color
  • Leila Green, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Mary Mahoney, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Katharin Pross, Outstanding Administrative Professional

1991

  • Angela Bass, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Marilyn R. Berman, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Carol Prier, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Joan Wood, Outstanding Administrative Professional

1990

  • Vicki S. Freimuth, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Joanne Smith, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Walli Stevens, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Rosemary Wainscott, Outstanding Administrative Professional

1989

  • Jean Grambs, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Sally Imler, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Margaret Kempt, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Doris Olds, Outstanding Administrative Professional

1988

  • Anita Ahalt, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Ruth Clements, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Delores Forbes, Outstanding Administrative Professional
  • Janet McKay, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Mady Segal, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1987

Roselyn Hiebert, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1986

Sylvia Stewart, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1985

Corporal Cathy Atwell, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1984

Marie Davidson, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1983

Shirley S. Kenny, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1982

Eugenie Clark, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1981

Margaret Bridwell, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1980

Wilhelmina Jashemski, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1979

  • Mary Broadwater, Outstanding Woman of the Year
  • Rita Colwell, Outstanding Woman of the Year

1978

Coach Chris Weller and the Women's Basketball Team, Outstanding Women of the Year

1977

Elske Smith, Outstanding Woman of the Year