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Why We Just Honored Five Women

Last week, we held our annual end-of-summer event. For several years in a row, we have gathered during the last week of August to welcome the Fall Dash-To-The-End-Of-Year-Finish-Line. But this year we did something different.

In order to inspire our Her Corner members, we wanted to tell them about the women around them; specifically, about five very special women who not only embody our core values but have been doing exceptionally well in business.

  • Our first award was for the member who most demonstrated authenticity, perseverance and tenacity. She was honest about where she was and where she was trying to go – and she worked incredibly hard to get there.
  • Our second award was for the member who met the biggest goals this year. She demonstrates both the aspiration to succeed and graceful achievement.
  • Our third award was for the member who most inspired us. She made a big impact, collaborating and growing the heck out of her own business and inspiring the rest of us to do the same.
  • Our fourth award was for the member who most demonstrated generosity of spirit and collaboration among our Her Corner community.
  • And our fifth award was for the member who demonstrated the most critical ingredient of all – laughter. Who laughs at the challenges of growing these companies and makes us all laugh with her at how fun it can also be.

Last week we honored Susan Fletcher, founder of Top Hat Montessori. Over the last 8 months Susan has worked incredibly hard to build a successful business inside and out. She offers one of the best Montessori programs in the Rockville area, and she runs one of the most well run businesses internally that we have ever seen. But it was hard work: she got to know her numbers like the back of her hand, she had difficult conversations to get the right team in place, and all the while she stayed true to who she is, as a person and as a leader. Susan deserves this award and so much more for all the progress she has made while always staying true to herself and her vision.

We also honored Dana Marlowe, the founder of Accessibility Partners, a woman who over the last two years has met both professional and personal goals again and again. These goals have not been small either – to surpass the million-dollar revenue mark, to make time for herself and to lead a healthy life. Both of these goals are enormous ones that many of us often dream of but rarely achieve. We have watched Dana set her mind and meet success head on, with the nicest touch of all: doing so graciously and with an incredible ability to remain present with her family, her children, and with the causes (and organizations) that she tirelessly supports.

Christine Wilson is someone whose reputation definitely precedes her. But even if you have heard of her, you cannot be prepared to know her until you meet her. When she walks in, she lights up the room and along with her enthusiasm she brings a drive and ambition for her business that inspires everyone around her. We have watched in awe as she has worked extremely hard to grow her company MtoM Consulting by leaps and bounds this year. But she is also one of the most collaborative women you will meet. She inspires other women by sharing her experiences and offering classes and tutorials to those who need help in her areas of expertise.

Mary Gardella, founder of Mary Gardella Photography, is a new member to Her Corner, but one of the ones who comes in and immediately makes an impact and a difference. Mary inspires others by connecting them with one another, and also by sharing her own experiences openly – her plans, ambitions, and also her fears. She is on a mission to capture and portray strong and ambitious women business owners by her photography, and her work speaks for itself. Her spirit of generosity and collaboration make her a member we are proud to honor.

What would we do if we all took these businesses and our lives that surround them too seriously? Would we become like Eeyore in Winnie the Poo? Would we survive the downs? Probably not. While laughter and humor were not originally written in as one of our core values, we have come to believe that they are just as important to the success in our businesses. And so this year we honored Erika Dickstein of Spring Insight for always seeing the positive in all situations: professional and personal; and for working tirelessly on her business while keep all those around her laughing through the good, the bad, and the ugly!


Frederique is passionate about helping women take their businesses to the next level of growth and success. As founder and CEO of Her Corner, she applies her entrepreneurial spirit, management consulting background and business operations expertise to give women the springboard they need to move forward. 

Her Corner grew out of a lightbulb moment Frederique had in 2011. After realizing that access to other motivated and ambitious 
women business owners was lacking in her existing network, 
she decided to do something about it – and Her Corner was born. 

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