Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman will receive the Mary Pickersgill Award for Women’s Leadership in Business on February 11 at the Star Spangled Banner Flag House, 844 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. The ceremony, which will begin at 9:30 a.m., will be held as part of a kick off for the opening of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House’s new permanent exhibit, Family of Flagmakers: The Women Who Created the Star-Spangled Banner.
The Mary Pickersgill Award for Women’s Leadership in Business is awarded annually to a woman in the Baltimore metropolitan area who follows in the footsteps of the award’s namesake. To receive the award, the recipient must be a successful businesswoman who has made significant contributions to her field. “She is creative and innovative, inspiring others with her work. She is also a civic leader, demonstrating significant ties to the area through her charitable work, mentorship or community service.”
“What set Laura apart from other nominees is her diverse leadership background,” said Star-Spangled Banner Flag House’s Executive Director Annelise Montone. “Not only has she excelled in public service, but she has an extensive business background. We were so impressed that she started her own technology company, a typically male-dominated field and the Laura Neuman Foundation for victims of sexual assault. The Flag House is honored to grant Laura this well-deserved award.”
“I am very touched by this recognition,” said County Executive Neuman. “When I made the decision on September 11, 2001, to go into public service, I did it with a mind to give back and to share what was given to me. To be recognized for that service, or anything else I have achieved, by an organization built on patriotism, is both humbling and motivating. I am grateful to the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House for this terrific honor.”
Mary Pickersgill, the woman and Baltimore citizen who sewed the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired our national anthem, was more than a patriot. She was a driven, creative and successful businesswoman, who served as a female sole proprietor of her flagmaking business in1813. She was also a philanthropist and a beacon in her community, becoming the president of the charitable Impartial Female Human Society in 1828. The Mary Pickersgill Award for Women’s Leadership in Business was established in 2012.
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House has been a museum since 1927. Built on the corner of Pratt and Albermarle streets in 1793, the little house is the site where Mary Pickersgill created the Star-Spangled Banner. It is open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.flaghouse.org for more information.