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Corporate Board Committee - Steering Committee

Corporate Board Committee

The mission of The Leadership Foundry is to increase board gender diversity in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC through three guiding principles: Train and Prepare, Support and Advocate, and Report and Inform.

Train and Prepare:

The Leadership Foundry is a nine-month program that includes intensive training and networking events to prepare women to serve on corporate boards.

Support and Advocate:

The committee advocates on behalf of the cause and works with local companies to match appropriate graduates from the program to meet board requirements.

Report and Inform:

The committee, through its partnership with American University’s Kogod School of Business, conducts annual research on the state of board gender diversity in publicly traded companies in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Research findings are used to demonstrate the tangible financial benefits to companies with women serving on their boards. Board gender diversity is critical to the success of companies to maintain a competitive advantage.

Join the Corporate Board Committee

Are you interested in helping advance women to the boardroom? Do you want to network with like-minded women? If so, please join The Corporate Board Committee, which plans and runs The Leadership Foundry. There are many ways you can support this program from finite tasks to larger initiatives such as (PDF):

  • partnerships and sponsorships
  • event management
  • the selection process
  • PR/media, publications and marketing
  • curriculum definition and materials
  • alumni group development

Committee meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. Active* committee members are invited to attend open networking and training sessions of The Leadership Foundry. Please note that serving on the committee will preclude you from applying for the program during that year. To volunteer for the committee or for more information about The Leadership Foundry, contact [email protected].

Corporate Board Committee:

Denise Hart

Margurete Luter
Vice Chair

Julie Bloecher
WIT Board representative

Leslie Bauer
Julie Bloecher
Lori DeLorenzo
Kathy Furlong
Lisa Groover
Helen Harwood
Cathy Hinger
Jill Klein
Nancy Lamberton
Molly Lindblom
Yolimar Martinez-Nada
Susan Schwartz
Sally Vogel
Julia Wilton

* Active members attend monthly meetings and lead a project or have a role within the committee. Members are no longer considered active after missing three consecutive meetings. Active members serving for three or more months will be listed online.


Steering Committee

The Leadership Foundry’s Steering Committee includes six to ten senior executives who provide guidance on program policies, operations, participant selections, and participant training/networking resources to support The Leadership Foundry’s ultimate goal of increasing the number of women on corporate boards in the Washington, DC area.

There are two types of members that participate on this committee: Steering Committee Directors and Selection Committee Members.

  • Steering Committee Directors actively serve on at least one corporate board and are expected to attend at least two of the three Steering Committee meetings each year and at least two of the participant networking or training events. 
  • Selection Committee Members are not required to serve on a corporate board but are expected to attend at least two of the participant networking or training events. 

All members of the Steering Committee review program applicants and select program participants. In addition, all members may be asked to facilitate contacts to ensure the success of the program by recruiting partners, recommending speakers and leading one-on-one sessions with program participants.

Steering committee members are not being recruited at this time. If you would like more information about the Steering Committee, please contact the WIT Corporate Board Committee Chair.

Committee Members

Lyles Carr, Senior Vice President, The McCormick Group

Candy Duncan, Retired Office Managing Partner, KPMG

Karen Edwards, President, Kosiba Edwards Associates

Janet Hill, Principal, Hill Family Advisors

Caren DeWitt Merrick, Founder and Partner, Bibury Partners

Jeffrey Schragg, Tax Partner, Corporate Industry, Team Leader

Sheryl Schwartz, Managing Partner, Chief Operating Office and Chief Administrative Officer, Blue Canopy

Todd Stottlemyer, CEO, Inova Center for Personalized Health