HERSTORY! SBDC HOSTS MADAM CHAMBER PRESIDENTS!

For the 1st time in history, all 4 Southern Maryland Chamber of Commerce are led by
Madam Presidents!


Friday, July 30, 2021, featured a landmark event.

Director of the Maryland Small Business Development Center, Southern Region, Wynne Briscoe hosted
the Southern Maryland Madam Presidents Meet & Greet Luncheon at The Pier Restaurant in beautiful
Solomons Island on the Patuxent River overlooking the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge.

In attendance were and the picture above is from right to left:

Dr. Doris Cammack-Spencer, President/CEO of the Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce
Bonnie Grady, President/CEO of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce
Kathryn Maney, President/CEO of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Christine Bergmark, President/CEO of the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce
Wynne Briscoe, Director of the Maryland Small Business Development Center, Southern Region.

“This is Historic! Herstory to be exact! We are so blessed and honored for such a time as this — for
women and leadership in our Region, State, and Country! We are thankful for Divine alignment and
timing to bring these amazing powerful women together, some meeting each other for the first time.
The luncheon discussions were empowering with the theme of collaboration and community.”

“Each Madam President had such an inspiring story to share of their experiences and how they arrived
at their current executive positions. Individually having a heart for the community and a legacy of impact prior to taking on their role as President/CEO, now working with new Chamber Board members gives
room for infinite possibilities.”

“There’s nothing like the energy and impact of women in leadership. They had idea sharing on how to
engage business owners of all ages, stages, and demographics while also discussing new ways and
opportunities to move their Chambers forward” says Wynne Briscoe.

Bonnie Grady said “No one is born to be a chamber professional. We’re not slapped on our backsides
upon birth and declared a Chamber leader. There’s no school or university that prepares us for it. Each
of us brings to the table a lifetime of knowledge and experiences which we apply carefully, thoughtfully and often prayerfully as we navigate our members’ needs and those of our communities.

The four Chamber executives pictured here serve hundreds of local businesses and nonprofit
organizations, and tens of thousands of Southern Maryland workers with the common goal of
strengthening and improving our local economies. We take pride in our work and are humbled by the
privilege of being allowed to do it. Together we are Southern Maryland Strong!”

Wynne Briscoe states “This was truly a historic day at the end of July. With August approaching as a
month of new beginnings, we are looking forward to the County and Regional collaborations that
blossom from this luncheon.”

Bonnie Grady says “What a fabulous get together! I appreciate each of these ladies for investing their
time, enthusiasm, and true selves, and especially Wynne for making it happen!”

“We found out today that we share more than just our titles… we share a love for our communities and
we’re happy to work together making things better for all!” said Kathryn Maney.

“It was amazing to be in the presence of such great women”!! Thank you!” expressed Dr. Christine
Bergmark.

Dr. Doris Cammack-Spencer gratefully said “Wynne, thank you so much for hosting us. It was a Historic
event!”

Wynne shared that this is just the start of her intentional initiative of gathering Ladies in Leadership. Also, in the future will be curated “L3” experiences she calls “Lunch/Listen/Learn.” Bringing together women from around the Region for casual conversations and engaging events. Giving inspiration to young girls who need to see examples of women in leadership and providing opportunities for uplifting mentorship and positive generational impact. “Legacy Leadership and Generational Impact start with us. Women are the hub of their communities. We Serve and we are Better Together! says Wynne Briscoe.

For more information on each Chamber of Commerce please visit their websites below.
Contact the Maryland Small Business Development Center, Southern Region for no-cost professional
business consulting and virtual business training.
Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce
Charles County Chamber of Commerce
Calvert County Chamber of Commerce
St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce: