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In Honor of Women’s History Month

March 19, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month, we recognize the following female clients and friends who continue to shatter glass ceilings and pave the way for future women leaders.

Debbie Bates is the Founder and CEO of Bates Creative Group, a brand experience agency in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that serves clients ranging from big dogs to new ventures — elevating brands by bringing talent to the table that cannot be automated—creativity, imagination, intuition, ethics and emotional intelligence.


Nicole Boston is the CEO of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, the leading global organization working to define, develop and advance the use of engineering best practices, expand the scientific and technical knowledge base and educate the global fire safety community to reduce fire risk.


Nurit Coombe is a principal of The Agency DC, and has held the distinction of being the #1 Re/Max Team in the State of Maryland and the Central Atlantic Region, and the #1 Re/Max Team in Montgomery County and North Bethesda.


Christine Davies is the Founder and CEO of Poligage, the world’s first online marketplace for public policy insights and government affairs and services, helping companies and organizations find the expertise they need, right when they need it.


Sumedha Mongia is the Founder and CEO of Well Up a platform that helps schools collect and manage required student health data, provide care coordination and connect to students for information sharing.


Andrea Pais is the Founder and CEO of  Novel Microdevices  – an Ultra-portable Point-of-Care Molecular Diagnostics System.


Suzanne (“Suzy”) Palmer is the Founder and President of Export Compliance Solutions, which trains and advises on exports of controlled items under ITAR, EAR and OFAC.  She has been working successfully in this traditionally male dominated sector for over two decades.


Naomi Panzer is the Founder and CEO of Upgirl, providing empowerment programs, classes, workshops and special events designed specifically to support, uplift and inspire girls.


Dale Pfeifer is the Founder and CEO of Goodworld, a platform powered by generosity, collaboration and community where high-purpose companies, influencer marketing and next generation philanthropy collide. It is the leading social impact platform for nonprofits and companies that multiplies impact through data and social science. The all-in-one technology offers team fundraising, charitable events and payroll giving alongside text-to-give, charitable eCards, impact rewards and impact tracking.


Simeta Pierre, Shulman Rogers’ Billing Coordinator, is also the Founder of EbrookLael, an online boutique that combines her love of God with her passion for fashion to create a brand that provides products that showcase faith and culture. Profits from EbrookLael support mission trips to Africa, Haiti, India and the Dominican Republic.


Naza Shelley is the CEO of CarpeDM, Washington D.C.’s most exclusive member-only dating community created for singles seeking meaningful relationships with professional Black women.


Marjorie Waldman is the President of The Stroud Group, which provides comprehensive professional services for the hospitality industry.