Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board

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Christine Aspell, Managing Partner, Baltimore Office, KPMG
Janet Currie, Bank of America

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BWAB Committee pageDescription: The Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board (BWAB) mission is to support, advance and retain women in the Baltimore market and ensure Baltimore emerges as a role model for equality in the workplace. BWAB is a GBC Committee that is made up of a member board and The Collective. The Collective are GBC member business leaders (women and men) who are not currently serving on the BWAB board. This strong network of thought leaders will help support the Board’s initiative of advancing and retaining women in the Baltimore market and ensuring Baltimore emerges as a role model for equality in the workplace.

BWAB’s key objectives include:

  • Engaging with the Greater Baltimore Region business community to attract and retain female leaders in the market from diverse businesses and institutions.
  • Providing mentorship to cultivate next generation leaders and sponsor their career development.
  • Discussing emerging thought leadership topics.
  • Networking with and supporting each other, personally and professionally.
  • Providing connections to female entrepreneurs including access to capital and other necessary resources to make them successful.
  • Ensuring that diversity remains a guiding principle for the group.

Membership: Participation on the Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board is by invitation/nomination only.  The Collective is open to all GBC members.

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2021 Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board news:


BWAB Survey no borderBaltimore Women’s Advisory Board Study: Managing the Pandemic

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board (BWAB) is conducting a study to investigate the nationally reported impacts of COVID-19 on employees in the workforce.

COVID-19 has been a struggle for many individuals and has greatly impacted companies and their employees. With a team of researchers, we are seeking to understand how employees, and particularly women, in the Greater Baltimore area (and beyond) are coping.

For more information about the study, contact Dr. Gabby Swab at

Read a press release about the study from Towson University.

Chintimini KeithOn March 9, 2021, the Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board presented an interactive discussion on the meaning of Fearless Leadership. Chintimini Keith, the Bozzuto Group’s Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing, led the discussion.

Topics covered included:

  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • Reframing Your Story
  • The Art of Asking

Participants attended three different interactive breakout sessions where they discussed how to combat feelings of inadequacy, why it’s OK to be self-promotional and why everyone should have an elevator pitch.

Learn more: Fearless Leadership: Take Risks & Abandon Your Comfort Zone

Allison ShapiraOn January 14, 2021, the Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board hosted Sharpening your Executive Presence with Allison Shapira.

Shapira, is the Founder/CEO of Global Public Speaking LLC, a communication training firm and certified woman-owned small business that helps people speak clearly, concisely and confidently — both virtually and in person.

The interactive professional development experience provided insights to help attendees develop the skills necessary to succeed in our new virtual environment. The program was intended to sharpen communication skills to help attendees speak with confidence to high-level clients, colleagues and partners.

Handout: Sharpen Your Executive Presence

2020 Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board news:

Dr. Humaira SiddiqiOn November 17, 2020, The Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board hosted a conversation with Dr. Humaira Siddiqi of Kaiser Permanente’s Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (MAPMG) about keeping it together in 2020. Dr. Siddiqi discussed tips and techniques for coping with the pandemic, advice for working from home and suggestions for accepting the new reality.

She also provided the following materials for further study:

BWAB Financial HealthOn September 30, 2020, the Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board hosted Financial Wellness — Mobilizing the Financial Power of Women. The discussion covered financial wellness, finance 101, fears and the untapped potential of the female economy.


Panelists included:

  • Kathy Bays Armstrong – Private Wealth Advisor, Heritage Financial Consultants
  • Sandra Liotta – Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
  • Sarah Kahl – Partner, Venable, LLP

BWAB Co-Chairs Christine Aspell, Managing Partner of KPMG, and Sabina Kelly, Greater Maryland Market President at Bank of America, moderated the event.

The following articles were provided for further study, courtesy of Heritage Financial Consultants and Venable:

2019 Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board news:

On October 24, 2019, expert panelists joined the Greater Baltimore Committee and Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board at the How to be an Effective Ally event at Towson University. A panel of all-male top executives were selected by the event committee to discuss their perspectives, experiences and best practices in cultivating a diverse and inclusive company culture. More than 150 GBC members attended this event which featured top executives such as Joseph Sullivan, Legg Mason; Robert Wallace, BITHGROUP Technologies; Timothy Gillis, KPMG; and David Imre, imre.

Aster Angagaw, President of ServiceMaster Brands, shared her thoughts on diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace at the #bWomen: The Business Case for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity event on June 13, 2019. She discussed how women should mentor other women in the workplace so they can grow in their careers and move into C-level and higher positions. Angagaw advised women to speak up in the workplace and to make career and other decisions “with intention” that will help achieve their own personal and professional goals.

Tim Regan, President and CEO of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and a member of the GBC’s Board of Directors, and Mary-Frances Winters, President and CEO of The Winters Group, discussed The Business Case for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board’s #bWomen event on March 7, 2019, which attracted more than 120 GBC members to an evening that featured networking and discussion about diversity in the workplace.

This was the second #bWomen event since the initiative was launched last year.

2018 Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board news:

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s #bWoman initiative, launched in 2018 to support, advance and retain women in the workplace in the Baltimore region, hosted a panel discussion on leadership, featuring five top women executives in November 2018.

The panel discussion featured five top experts:

  • Diane Bell-McKoy, President & CEO, Associated Black Charities
  • Denise Galambos, Vice President of Human Resources, BGE
  • Stephanie C. Hill, Deputy Executive Vice President, Rotaryand Missions Systems, Lockheed Martin
  • Julia M. Huggins, Vice President of U.S. Markets, and President, CHLIC &CGLIC, Cigna
  • Redonda G. Miller, M.D., M.B.A., President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital