Message from the Secretary
Every March, we celebrate National Women's History Month. Women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth of our nation in countless ways. I have been fortunate to have very strong women in my life and I am grateful for all I have learned from them. We celebrated the contributions of five trailblazing women during our Ready, Set, GROW! workshop held on March 21. Over 100 small business owners and guests attended the celebration, which included special Governor's Citations presented by First Lady Yumi Hogan. Here's a synopsis of these wonderful women:
Mi Kyung "Micky" Kim, owner of Honey Pig Korean BBQ. She is a dedicated restaurateur who employs nearly 150 people at her four U.S. locations and gives back to her community through a scholarship program that helps high school graduates seek higher education goals.
Stella Miller, owner of Stella May Contracting. She has broken many barriers within the construction industry to grow her company to 85 employees. She is grateful for all of the support she has had along the way, and attributes much of her success to hiring a diverse workforce.
Walkiria Pool, president and founder of Centro de Apoyo Familia. She is revitalizing and stabilizing communities and families through economic and social empowerment. She has built a network of more than 200 pastors and together they have served over 15,000 families.
Shelonda Stokes, president and CEO of greiBO. A strategic and visionary thinker in the event planning and entertainment industry, she knows how to engage an audience. She has been the executive producer of Baltimore's African American Festival for the past six years, growing the event to include international talent and empowerment seminars.
Eileen Straugh, president and CEO of Straugh Environmental, Inc. Her passion for the environment is leading to cost-effective solutions that produce better outcomes. She serves in key leadership positions with multiple nonprofit organizations to grow support for environmental restoration issues at the grassroots level.
My congratulations to these special women, and all the women who make Maryland a great place to live and work.