Girl Scouts Names Elianne Ramos Distinguished Woman of the Year

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CONTACTS:

Danita Terry,
Director of Communications
Girls Scouts of Central MD
410.358.9711
terry@gscm.org

Elianne Ramos
Speak Hispanic
646.932.7752
eramos@elianneramos.com

Girl Scouts Names Elianne Ramos Distinguished Woman of the Year

Five business women to be honored at 35th annual Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration on April 23, 2015 

Baltimore, MD (February 23, 2015) – Speak Hispanic, a woman-owned, socially conscious communications company, is pleased to announce that its Principal, Elianne Ramos, has just been named a Girl Scouts’ 2015 Distinguished Woman of the Year. The announcement was made earlier this week by Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (GSCM), the official local council for the Girl Scouts organization, the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. The awards will be presented to five area businesswomen for their exemplary civic and professional achievements, at a ceremony taking place on April 23 at the Baltimore Country Club.

The 2015 Distinguished Women Honorees are:  

Karen Evans, Vice President at The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. She is responsible for 25 project managers, project engineers, and superintendents. She is also a Board member of the ACE Mentor program and has been a project team leader to high school students for several years.

Georgette Kiser, Managing Director and Chief Information Officer at The Carlyle Group. She is responsible for leading the firm’s global information technology group.

Janese Murray, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Exelon Corporation where she is responsible for leading a team in the development and execution of effective strategies to increase workforce diversity and create an inclusive environment.

Mary Ann Scully, President and Chief Executive Officer of Howard Bank. She is a lifelong banker with over 30 years of varied executive experiences in the Maryland marketplace.

Elianne Ramos, Principal and CEO for Speak Hispanic and Founder of Border Kids Relief Project. Known online as @ERGeekGoddess, she is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and Latino community advocate.

At the ceremony, GSCM will also be giving a special recognition to the senior Senator from the State of Maryland, the Honorable Barbara Ann Mikulski. Past Distinguished Women honorees have included: Sr. Helen Amos, RSN; The Honorable Lynne Battaglia; C. Sylvia Brown; Ethel Ennis, Bea Gaddy; Nancy Grasmick; Erin Moriarity; The Honorable Irma Raker; Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Melanie Sabelhaus; and Pam Shriver.

In addition to the awards, the Distinguished Women’s Award program provides five high school Girl Scouts an opportunity to spend a day with one of the honorees. The experience allows them to discover new fields, gain insights, learn about corporate culture and leadership as they consider their own career paths.

The Distinguished Women’s Awards event is open to the public; for tickets, sponsorships or general information, contact Berit Killingstad, Major Gifts Officer, Girls Scouts of Central Maryland, at bkillingstad@gscm.org.

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ABOUT GIRLS SCOUTS OF CENTRAL MARYLAND
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland provides leadership programming for nearly 25,000 girls in central Maryland residing in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. For more information about the Distinguished Women awards, visit http://gscm.org/for-donors/distinguished-women-award/. For more information about the programs GSCM offers visit gscm.org; follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girls Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.

ABOUT ELIANNE RAMOS
Elianne is the Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications and Founder of the Border Kids Relief Project. Known online as @ERGeekGoddess, she is an award-winning, nationally recognized social entrepreneur and Latino community advocate. She is considered one of the most influential Latinas in social media. Elianne lends her broad expertise to projects that raise civic awareness and participation. She hosts and produces a weekly Google+ show, and for years has hosted Twitter chats on Latin@s, politics, and social justice issues.

ABOUT SPEAK HISPANIC
Speak Hispanic Communications is a 100% virtual, woman-owned and run, socially-conscious company on a mission to help non-profits bridge the gap between awareness and action, in the Latino market and beyond. We believe in the power and potential of online tools to create, support, and sustain individual and group social and civic engagement. We operate at the crux of commitment, community and social activism, helping to build awareness about the organizations, causes and initiatives that share our passion, vision and values.

Elianne Ramos (@ERGeekGoddess) To Receive Social Media Innovator Award From MD Governor’s Commission On Hispanic Affairs

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Contact: Speak Hispanic
646-932-7752
eramos@elianneramos.com

ELIANNE RAMOS TO RECEIVE SOCIAL MEDIA INNOVATOR FROM MD GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION ON HISPANIC AFFAIRS
Award to be presented at a special Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at MD Governor Martin O’ Malley’s Annapolis Home

BALTIMORE, MD — October 15, 2014 – Speak Hispanic, a woman’s owned and operated social enterprise, today is proud to announce that its Principal, Elianne Ramos, has just been named a recipient of the Social Media Innovator Award, granted by the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs. The award will be presented to Ms. Ramos on October 15, 2014, during the annual Hispanic Heritage Month reception at the Governor’s home in Annapolis.

In her letter to Ms. Ramos, Commission Chair Yolanda María Martínez said, “Our community’s achievements have been made possible because of this administration’s commitment to diversity and the belief in the dignity and respect of every individual. However, we also acknowledge that we could not have done this without the individuals like you who are committed to working on behalf of the Hispanic community to make this State a great place.”

“Social tools have allowed the democratization of information and participation in civic life for so many segments of the population, and being able to use them to help empower our Latino community is a reward in itself,” said Elianne Ramos. “It is an extraordinary honor to be recognized for work that is so deeply fulfilling to me in so many levels, especially when said recognition comes from a distinguished group of people whom I admire and respect so much. I humbly and gratefully accept this award as a sign that I am on the right path.”

ABOUT THE MARYLAND GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION OF HISPANIC AFFAIRS
The Maryland Governor’s Commission of Hispanic Affairs advises the Governor and government agencies on how to best serve Hispanic and Latinos in the State of Maryland. Under the administration of Governor Martin O’Malley and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, the Commission has advanced policies that affect the Latino community such as the Maryland Dream Act, licenses for undocumented immigrants, limiting the State’s cooperation in the federal Secure Communities program, supporting children seeking refuge from violence in Central American countries and many more. To learn more about the Commission, please visit http://www.hispanic.maryland.gov/

ABOUT ELIANNE RAMOS
Elianne is the Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications. Known online as @ERGeekGoddess, she is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and Latino community advocate, building large-scale engagement through social media and encouraging inspiration through her writing. She is considered one of the most influential Latinas in social media.

ABOUT SPEAK HISPANIC
Speak Hispanic Communications is a 100% virtual, woman-owned and run, socially-conscious company on a mission to help non-profits bridge the gap between awareness and action, in the Latino market and beyond. We believe in the power and potential of online tools to create, support, and sustain individual and group social and civic engagement. We operate at the crux of commitment, community and social activism, helping to build awareness about the organizations, causes and initiatives that share our passion, vision and values.

Elianne Ramos (@ergeekgoddess) Nominated To 2013 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Awards

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Elianne Ramos Nominated to 2013 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Awards

The Mid-Atlantic’s Only Regional Awards Honors Outstanding Women and Minority Women Owners in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the District of Columbia

Baltimore, MD – September 16, 2013 – Speak Hispanic Communications, a woman-owned and run, socially conscious communications company, is proud to announce that its Principal, Elianne Ramos, has just been nominated to the 2013 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Awards. The awards, the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic region, honors minority or  women business owners based on four key areas: business development, client satisfaction, professional affiliations and community involvement.

The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Baltimore, MD.

About Top 100 MBE Awards

The Top 100 MBE awards were created to recognize those enterprising women and minority entrepreneurs that fuel this nation’s economy through their innovation, sacrifices, and dedication. These business owners are living their dreams and making significant contributions to their clients, professions, industries and communities. Nominations for this award are solicited through the region’s many chambers of commerce, professional organizations, the business community and the general public.

About Elianne Ramos
Elianne Ramos is Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic, a Marketing and PR consultancy focused on non-profits. She’s also Vice-Chair of Marketing and PR for LATISM. A Hispanic Communications Specialist with 17 years of experience in Creative Direction, Copywriting, Public Speaking, Public Relations and TV Commercial Production, Elianne has developed broadcast, multimedia and social media campaigns for clients such as Procter & Gamble, Panasonic, SlimFast, Chivas Regal, and HSBC Bank, among other top brands. Awards and recognition for her contributions to the Latino Community include the 2013 SmartCEO BRAVA Award, 2012 Game Changer Award from Politic365, and the 2012 Best Microblogger Award from LATISM. She’s also a columnist at several publications including the Huffington Post, and is considered one of the most influential Latinas in social media. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter @ergeekgoddess.

Baltimore SmartCEO Celebrated 25 Top Female CEOs, including Elianne Ramos, at the Brava! Awards

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Sara Harding, (443) 278-9210
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Katelyn Mattingly, (443) 278-9444
BAprograms@smartceo.com

Baltimore SmartCEO Celebrated 25 Top Female CEOs at the Brava! Awards on July 10

Over 300 CEOs and decision-makers joined SmartCEO in honoring female CEOs at the highly anticipated, high-energy celebration

Baltimore, MD (July 11, 2013) — Baltimore SmartCEO recognized the area’s top female CEOs at the 2013 Brava! Awards, which took place on Wednesday, July 10 at the American Visionary Art Museum. This year’s winners collectively generated $174 million in revenue and employed more than 2,140 people. Additionally, the 2013 Brava! winners were profiled in the July 2013 issue of Baltimore SmartCEO magazine.

SmartCEO received more than 200 nominations across the Mid-Atlantic for the award. A group of Greater Baltimore business leaders formed the Brava! committee and chose the 25 winners. For a complete list of winners, please see below. For more information on the Brava! winners, visit www.smartceo.com to view the digital edition of the July 2013 issue.

“With each iteration of the Brava! program, I am constantly amazed by the passion and drive these leaders possess. These women are doing exceptional things not only for Baltimore’s business community but also for the communities in which we all work and live. Their impact is felt far and wide, and we’re excited to see how much more they can do as the years pass,” says Jaime Nespor, group publisher of SmartCEO. “We are honored to recognize such a group of women and their accomplishments.”

The winners were celebrated in style at the Baltimore Brava! Awards ceremony. An impressive audience of friends, colleagues and family came together to celebrate the winners’ achievements. In addition, one past Brava! winner was honored the evening of the event with her induction into the Brava! Hall of Fame. Janet Amirault of Software Consortium, from the Brava! class of 2011, was the 2013 Brava! Hall of Fame inductee.

The event kicked off with a high-energy cocktail reception followed by an engaging, video-packed awards ceremony. Attendees also donated articles of clothing to support SmartCEO’s Baltimore Brava! Awards charity partner Success in Style, an organization that helps women and men in crisis in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor become self-sufficient and employed by providing suits and changing lives.

About SmartCEO
SmartCEO is an exclusive community of CEOs and business executives, highly regarded mentors and well-respected thought leaders whose experiences benefit their organizations and the communities in which they serve. SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through the pages of its award-winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources.

For more than a decade, SmartCEO has been a leader in helping CEOs tell their stories in print, in person and in video. SmartCEO’s Mid-Atlantic focus began in Baltimore and has grown to include Philadelphia, Washington DC and New York City.

About the Brava! Awards
SmartCEO’s Brava! Awards program celebrates top female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava! award winners are exemplary leaders of their companies and in the community who encourage local philanthropy, mentor fellow CEOs and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Each year, an independent panel of business leaders selects 25 Brava! winners based on applications submitted. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at an awards celebration.

2013 Baltimore Brava! Winner List:

  • Tina Wynegar, Bay-Tek Consulting, Inc.
  • Halle Van der Gaag, Blue Water Baltimore
  • C. Lorena Streb, CertaPro Painters Baltimore Central
  • Cynthia Crockett, Crockett Facilities Services, Inc.
  • Alyce Dailey, The Dailey Group of Keller Williams Realty
  • Traci A. Barnett, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
  • Lisa Rusyniak, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.
  • Judith R. Mason, Harford Community Action Agency
  • Mary L. Hastler, Harford County Public Library
  • Patricia Bonney, The Highlands School
  • Emily Gordon, Hot Spots Extended Care Programs, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Rendon-Sherman, LG-TEK
  • Lisa Vogel, The Lisa Vogel Agency
  • Jeanette Glose Partlow, Maryland Chemical Company, Inc.
  • Carol Quirk, Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
  • Kathleen M. Davis, MKS&H
  • Heather Harvison, My Sister’s Circle, Inc.
  • Cassie Shafer, National Kidney Foundation of Maryland
  • Laurie Chester Lessans, OGS Order Green Supply LLC
  • Kathie H. Okun, The Okun Group, Inc.
  • Judith McGovern, RealStreet Staffing
  • Debbie Nazelrod, A Salon by Debbie Corporation
  • Nancy R. Smit, SHR Associates, Inc.
  • Elianne Ramos, Speak Hispanic, LLC
  • Ida Cheinman, Substance151, Benefit LLC

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Elianne Ramos (@ergeekgoddess) Named Baltimore SmartCEO 2013 Brava! Award Winner

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Elianne Ramos (@ergeekgoddess) Named Baltimore SmartCEO 2013 Brava! Award Winner

Ms. Ramos will be honored along with 25 Powerhouse Women Leaders at the highly anticipated, high-energy Brava! Awards Ceremony, July 10, 2013

Baltimore, MD (May 8, 2013) — Speak Hispanic Communications, a woman-owned and run, socially conscious communications company, is proud to announce that its Principal, Elianne Ramos, has just been named the recipient of a Baltimore SmartCEO 2013 Brava! Award. This year’s Brava! Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, and the 2013 Brava! winners will be profiled in the July 2013 issue of Baltimore SmartCEO magazine.

The Brava! Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of 25 of Greater Baltimore’s women business leaders. Now in its seventh year of celebration, the Baltimore Brava! Awards kicked off with a nomination process ending in March 2013. Across the Mid-Atlantic, over 200 nominations were collected for the program. Brava! Awards winners were selected based on annual revenue and growth as well as for their involvement in philanthropy and mentorship at the local and national level. A group of Greater Baltimore business leaders came together to form the Brava! committee and to choose this year’s winners.

For more information on the 2013 Brava! Awards and to view SmartCEO’s press release, visit their website

About SmartCEO
SmartCEO is an exclusive community of CEOs and business executives, highly regarded mentors and well-respected thought leaders whose experiences benefit their organizations and the communities in which they serve. SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through the pages of its award-winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources. For more than a decade, SmartCEO has been a leader in helping CEOs tell their stories in print, in person and most recently in-video. SmartCEO’s Mid-Atlantic focus began in Baltimore and has grown to include Philadelphia, Washington DC and New York City.

About the Brava! Awards
SmartCEO’s Brava! Awards program celebrates top female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava! award winners are exemplary leaders of their companies and in the community who encourage local philanthropy, mentor fellow CEOs and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Each year, an independent panel of business leaders selects 25 Brava! winners based on applications submitted. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at an awards celebration.

About Elianne Ramos
Elianne Ramos is Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic, a Marketing and PR consultancy focused on non-profits. She’s also Vice-Chair of Marketing and PR for LATISM. A Hispanic Communications Specialist with 17 years of experience in Creative Direction, Copywriting, Public Speaking, Public Relations and TV Commercial Production, Elianne has developed broadcast, multimedia and social media campaigns for clients such as Procter & Gamble, Panasonic, SlimFast, Chivas Regal, and HSBC Bank, among other top brands. Awards and recognition for her contributions to the Latino Community include the 2012 Game Changer Award from Politic365, and the 2012 Best Microblogger Award from LATISM. She’s also a columnist at several publications including the Huffington Post, and is considered one of the most influential Latinas in social media. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter @ergeekgoddess.