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Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation To Host Inaugural Women's Excellence And Leadership Luncheon


Largo, MD - The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is excited to announce the panelists of its inaugural Women's Excellence and Leadership Awards. Each panelist exemplifies this year's event theme, "Yes! You Can Have It All." The panel discussion will be the kickoff session for the EDC's 1st Annual Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the MGM National Harbor Hotel.
"Women in business are the essence of the success and growth that we are experiencing in Prince George's County," said Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the Prince George's County EDC. "The goal of our event is to encourage each of our attendees to reach their full potential. There is no better way to do that than by creating a platform for women to learn from others who are breaking the glass ceiling."
The primary motivation for the Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon is to empower everyday business women in Prince George's County and the surrounding region with the tools and skills needed to combat any obstacles they may face in the business world. This year's panelists are all examples of women who have climbed the ranks in their perspective business industries and are making a difference in the Washington Metropolitan area.   
The 2017 Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon panelists are:
Tammi Thomas - Vice President of Marketing, Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)
Tammi Thomas serves as the Vice President for Marketing at the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). In this role, she is responsible for the development of TEDCO's marketing, public relations and communications strategy, and contributes to TEDCO's organizational strategic operations. With more than 25-years of experience in the marketing and public relations fields, Ms. Thomas has extensive executive and managerial experience in the higher education sector and possesses a record of success in jump-starting initiatives and helping them flourish.
Shawn M. Wright - Partner, Blank Rome Counselors at Law 
Shawn M. Wright concentrates her law practice in white collar criminal litigation, with a specific focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and international anti-corruption laws, criminal antitrust, public corruption, and government contracts matters. Ms. Wright represents corporations, boards of directors, and corporate executives in a wide range of internal and government investigations, audits and risk assessments, parallel proceedings, complex civil litigation, and before enforcement agencies and bodies such as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other authorities.
Sharon Lockwood - General Manager, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Sharon Lockwood has over thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry. Ms. Lockwood has climbed the ranks from humble beginnings as a restaurant hostess to becoming a General Manager. Her experience includes catering, human resources, rooms operations and hotel operations. She has worked in numerous hotels spanning from the District of Columbia area to Southern California to Philadelphia. Most recently, Ms. Lockwood served as the General Manager at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel from 2012-2016.
Gaylia Campbell - Vice President of Quality & Mission Success, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Gaylia Campbell began her career with Lockheed Martin and has climbed the ranks to become the Vice President of Quality & Mission Success for its Missiles and Fire Control business area. In this capacity, she is responsible for ensuring that all Missiles and Fire Control products meet or exceed the requirements of the warfighter. Ms. Campbell has also participated in key initiatives for the company including the Employer of Choice Council, the Diversity Ambassador program, and the Cultural Optimization Executive Steering Committee.
Carla Reid - General Manager & Chief Executive Officer, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Carla Reid currently serves as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). She is the 12th General Manager and the first woman to serve in this capacity in the Commission's 98-year history. Ms. Reid began her 20-year career at WSSC in 1986, ultimately serving as Deputy General Manager from 2005-2006.
Please join the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation for the unique opportunity to learn from this region's powerhouses, movers and shakers. 
For more information about the Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon, please visit www.pgcedcexcellence.com. To register for this upcoming event, contact Nichelle Holmes at 301-583-4650 or naholmes@pgcedc.com or visit www.pgcedc.com/events.